NASA's New Planet Hunter Begins Its Search for Alien Worlds

NASA's New Planet Hunter Begins Its Search for Alien Worlds

An artist’s depiction of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) at work (not shown to scale). Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s newest planet-hunting telescope is officially at work. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is designed to hunt for alien worlds around stars not too far from the sun, began […]

Meteor shower will put on a show this weekend, sort of

Meteor shower will put on a show this weekend, sort of

Meteors will streak across the night sky every four minutes in the early morning hours this weekend, but you probably won’t see them. Blame the moon. It will be full. There’s not much humans can do about it, either. Full moons are great for night hikes and for falling in love, but they tend to […]

Study shows ocean acidification is having major impact on marine life

Study shows ocean acidification is having major impact on marine life

IMAGE: Corals, such as this table Acroporid, provide habitats for a wide range of fauna at a reference site where the CO2 concentration is currently 300ppm. view more  Credit: Marco Milazzo Carbon dioxide emissions are killing off coral reefs and kelp forests as heat waves and ocean acidification damage marine ecosystems, scientists have warned. Writing in […]

Andromeda galaxy 'ate' Milky Way's long-lost sibling

Andromeda galaxy 'ate' Milky Way's long-lost sibling

The Milky Way Had a Big Sibling Long Ago — And Andromeda Ate It But the galactic crime scene is full of starry evidence leading right to the culprit, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy. The researchers from the University of MI found that this baleful body cannibalized our […]

Space experts worry US won't make it to Mars by 2030s

Space experts worry US won't make it to Mars by 2030s

MIAMI – The United States has vowed to send the first humans to Mars by the 2030s, but space experts and lawmakers Wednesday expressed concern that poor planning and lack of funds will delay those intentions. President Donald Trump has touted a goal of sending Americans to the moon again for the first time since […]

Mars' South Pole May Hide Large Underground Lake

Mars' South Pole May Hide Large Underground Lake

The Red Planet just got quite a bit bluer, with scientists announcing the discovery of what they believe is a lake that’s about 12 miles across and hidden below a mile (1.6 kilometers) of ice at the south pole of Mars. Scientists have previously offered much weaker evidence for such reservoirs, as well as […]

Meteors, Mars, and the Moon: What To Look For In The Night Sky This Week!

Meteors, Mars, and the Moon: What To Look For In The Night Sky This Week!

We’re finally expecting some drier, more comfortable weather this week and just in time for a few great astronomical events! Delta Aquariids Peak: Late July is the nominal peak of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower and this year it comes with some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the peak is […]

Video: Newly discovered rare deepwater coral identified off Irish coast

Video: Newly discovered rare deepwater coral identified off Irish coast

Gardens of rare and newly discovered deepwater coral and an entire reef of sponges have been identified off the Irish west coast by a team of Irish and British scientists. A type of “black coral” identified on the mission may be an entirely new species, according to Marine Institute lead expedition scientist David O’Sullivan and […]

Keep an eye on the sky for a total lunar eclipse and a brighter Mars

Keep an eye on the sky for a total lunar eclipse and a brighter Mars

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Sally Ride was a space pioneer who influenced many women who followed

Sally Ride was a space pioneer who influenced many women who followed

July 23 (UPI) — NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, died six years ago Monday after a life spent inspiring young women and girls to reach for the stars through careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Ride — born in Los Angeles — was among 8,000 people who answered NASA’s […]

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