News Stories relating to "space"
Friday, March 7, 2014
As Man probes ever deeper into the mysteries of the Universe, his search seems to yield more questions than answers. Some of the most mysterious phenomena discovered in space are dark matter and dark energy.
Approximately 80 per cent of the mass in known Universe is made up of "dark matter," a strange and intangible...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Astronomers are warning us that asteroid 2014 DX110 is on target to hurtle between the Earth and the Moon on Wednesday, passing close to our planet at a distance of just 217,000 miles (350,000km).
At 98ft (30m), 2014 DX110 is a relatively large object belonging to the Apollo class asteroid group, a class of Earth-crossing objects...
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The quest to confirm the existence of liquids on Mars has been ongoing for decades; it was known to host water billions of years ago and water is has been found to exist there in the form of ice, but the latest images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate that water may not only be present, but running down the Martian hills....
Friday, January 17, 2014
With ever improving technology, astronomers are now able to explore the furthest reaches of our universe, mapping the continuing expansion of dark matter
and detecting light from far-flung planets beyond our solar system.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
A team of scientists from Washington believe that they have managed to establish the exact size of the universe to within 1 per cent accuracy.
In a remarkable development, the researchers, who were working with the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), have been able to measure the distances to galaxies that are over 6...
Friday, November 8, 2013
Scientists now confirm that there is a high probability that the universe harbours an abundance of habitable planets.
NASA's Kepler telescope has provided information to indicate that one in every five sun-like stars is orbited by planets comparable to Earth. In broad terms, this means that there could be billions of planets capable...
Friday, July 12, 2013
Voyager I was launched 36 years ago and it speeds through space at the rate of about 38,000 miles an hour. As it passes the outer limits of the solar system, it seems to be entering a bizarre and mysterious region more than 11 billion miles from Earth that scientists are struggling to make sense of.
NASA says," It's a region...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We know people can do it
, but can PLANTS do it? This is necessary to know if we want to eventually create living space environments, in which people can spend the many years it might take to travel to distant stars and planets.
Researchers have found that changes in...
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Ever heard a star scream? Astrophysicists have detected the oscillating signal that heralds the last gasps of a star being sucked up by a previously dormant supermassive black hole.
The "screams," scientifically known as "quasiperiodic oscillations," occurred steadily every 200 seconds, but occasionally...
Monday, July 9, 2012
A team of amateur astronomers have tracked down the X-37B spacecraft, launched on a 15-month clandestine mission by NASA in April ril from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This unmanned, reusable spacecraft has been developed by the US military. But why is it a secret? In 2010, an identical unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth after 7 months in orbit....
Monday, June 4, 2012
The May 22nd SpaceX launch of its Dragon capsule atop its Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station
. This not only opens a new era in commercial spaceflight, it also raises new questions about...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
NASA may return to space after all--but not to explore, to MINE the valuable minerals that are on asteroids, in a NEW TYPE of "Gold Rush." And we may use robots to do the dirty work.
Space scientists think that robots will be the astronauts of the future. They'll explore the universe, find and identify...
Monday, April 2, 2012
The most common type of star in the Milky Way is called a red dwarf--these are smaller, cooler, and longer-lived than our sun. There are 160 BILLION of them in our galaxy and 40% of them have Earth-like planets orbiting them at the right distance for liquid water to exist on their surfaces, a condition that is necessary for life.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Pentagon is planning to build a spacecraft that can travel outside our solar system on a hundred-year trip, reporting on what it finds along the way. Why would a financially-strapped military pursue such a project--are they searching for hostile ETs?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
That's how Anne Strieber
thinks the beings we call "The Visitors"
In New Scientist, Sandrine Ceurstemont explains how you would do it: "First, you free fall through the...
Friday, February 17, 2012
The military's covert agency
DARPA is working on a space-based spy telescope
that can hover in orbit to "take real-time images or live video of any spot on Earth." They want to launch satellites that can zoom in on...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
America's classified X-37B satellite, which went into orbit in March, 2011, is probably spying on
China's space station (NOTE: Subscribers
can still listen to this show), Tiangong-1, which was launched in...
Thursday, December 22, 2011
At the first Christmas
, three astrologers followed a star that shone so brightly, it looked like a diamond in the sky. A new study suggests that some stars in the Milky Way could harbor "carbon super-Earths...
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We may live in a holographic projection of another, flat version of life, being lived in a two-dimensional surface at the edge of this universe. Seeing our universe as a hologram could solve some of the biggest problems in quantum physics, such as "spooky action at a distance," also known as...
Monday, November 28, 2011
When we're looking for extraterrestrial life, other moons
may be our best bet. Among the most habitable alien worlds is Saturn's moon Titan.
In recent years, the search for potentially habitable planets outside our solar system has increased. NASA's...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
When our satellites search for other planets that might harbor life, they always search for water. But now, for the first time, astronomers have detected around a burgeoning solar system a sprawling cloud of water vapor that's cold enough to form comets, which could eventually deliver oceans to dry planets. And with oceans, life could spring up--...
Monday, November 14, 2011
Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation. Most of these galaxies are a hundred times less massive than the Milky Way, yet they churned out stars at a furious pace. However, it's a mystery...
Friday, October 7, 2011
After a drink or two
, having sex is a natural inclination. Will the lack of gravity be a problem? (It could lead to some interesting "positions"). A trip to even one of our closest stars would take decades and possibly even hundreds of years, spanning...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There may be alien life out there
, after all: Using the Harps telescope in Chile, a European observatory has announced "major" alien planet findings: 50 previously unknown "exoplanets" that could harbor life. These...
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Even if we delegate future space travel to private companies
, they will still need fuel in order to fly around, once they used conventional means to get off the earth. An unmanned space probe called the Pamela, launched 5 years ago, has detected a field of antimatter particles...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
One that is shooting water! A geyser of water is spurting up from the poles of a star that is 750 light-years from the earth at a rate of 124,000 mpg, creating "water bullets" that it shoots deep into space. If it has other planets around it, the...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
There's so much trash
out there in space that it's getting in the way of astronaut operations. The solution? ZAP
it! The US military currently tracks about 20,000 items of space junk in low-...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
More exciting discoveries from the Kepler telescope: A planetary system of the kind never seen before, with two planets in the same orbit around their star. They circle their sun every 9.8 days, one of them ahead of the other. In the night sky of one of the planets, the other planet must seem like a...