NASA’s Voyager 1 returns mysterious data beyond our solar system

NASA's Voyager 1 returns mysterious data beyond our solar system

NASA’s Voyager 1 continues its journey beyond our solar system, 45 years after its launch. But now the veteran spacecraft is returning strange data, confusing its engineers. NASA said Wednesday that while the probe is still functioning properly, readings from its Attitude and Articulation Control System – AACS for short – do not appear to … Read more

These videos of a space probe flying past the sun are truly out of this world

These videos of a space probe flying past the sun are truly out of this world

A spacecraft looping around the Sun made its first close approach – and captured the encounter in glorious detail. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) solar orbiter entered the close encounter, known as perihelion, on March 26, at a distance of about 48 million kilometers (30 million miles), at the interior of Mercury’s orbit. At this … Read more

Rocket launches could pollute our atmosphere in new ways

Rocket launches could pollute our atmosphere in new ways

SpaceX, Blue Origin and a host of other private companies helped make 2021 the year with the most space launches in history, but scientists say this mad dash to space could cause further damage to our atmosphere. The number of launch attempts has double in the last decade. And after counting all the launches scheduled … Read more

How to watch tonight’s rare ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse

How to watch tonight's rare 'Blood Moon' total lunar eclipse

The blood moon rises tonight – and briefly disappears. May 15 marks this season’s full “flower moon,” which historically occurs when flowers are in full bloom for spring in North America, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. But this one is extra special – as it’s also the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022, and … Read more

Images of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way finally captured

Images of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way finally captured

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The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole by EHT, the Russian ISS bluff, the problems of ingenuity | Space bites

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For the first time, scientists have grown plants in lunar land. It didn’t go well

For the first time, scientists have grown plants in lunar land.  It didn't go well

When the Artemis program returns humans to the Moon in (hopefully) a few years, there will be considerable logistics to sort out to keep such fragile beings alive in such a hostile environment. The question of food is not the least. Space agencies involved with the International Space Station are now very experienced in providing … Read more

Incredible image has us so excited about what the James Webb Space Telescope can do

Incredible image has us so excited about what the James Webb Space Telescope can do

The four science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have achieved “perfect alignment” ahead of the telescope’s official debut this summer, project officials said during a press conference call Monday (May 9). “I am delighted to report that the telescope alignment has been completed with even better performance than we anticipated,” said James Webb … Read more

These eerie moans are a real sound wave from a supermassive black hole

These eerie moans are a real sound wave from a supermassive black hole

We may not be able to hear sound in space, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t sound. In 2003, astronomers detected something truly amazing: acoustic waves propagating through the gas surrounding a supermassive black hole, 250 million light-years away. We wouldn’t be able to hear them at their current pitch. Emanating from the supermassive black … Read more