Looking to the next-generation of telescopes, a pair of astrophysicists propose using swarm robots to conduct observations instead of relying on increasingly large and complex arrays.
In April of 2016, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced the creation of Breakthrough Starshot. As part of his non-profit scientific organization (known as Breakthrough Initiatives), the purpose of Starshot was to design a lightsail nanocraft that would be capable of achieving speeds of up to 20% the speed of light and reaching the nearest star […]
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An unusual celestial spectacle unfolds for observers around the Great Lakes region next Tuesday at dawn. The Moon has been faithfully occulting (passing in front of) the bright star Aldebaran for every lunation now since January 29th, 2015. This split second events have touched on nearly every farflung corner of the Earth. Now the United States and Canada get to see the penultimate event, as the waning crescent Moon occults Aldebaran one last time for North America.
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NASA recently partnered with the Boulder-based drone company Black Swift to create an unmanned aerial system to explore Venus’ cloud tops for signs of life.
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A team of international astronomers recently captured the first image of a newly-formed planet, which will allow astronomers to test models of planetary formation
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In response to the report issued by an Independent Review Board, NASA has decided to delay the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope to 2021.
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Using data from ground-based observatories and the Hubble space telescope, an international team of scientists found evidence that ‘Oumuamua is an interstellar comet after all.
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The Weekly Space Hangout will be on hiatus July and August. Join us when we return in September! Announcements: Astronomy Cast, the show Fraser cohosts with Dr. Pamela Gay, will be celebrating their 500th episode the weekend of Sept 15-16, 2018. Want to join us in Edwardsville, Il? Check out our AC500 site here to […]
While observing a distant galaxy cluster, an image taken by Hubble was photobombed by 22 previously undetected asteroids.
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