We’ve been looking up and wondering about the sun and stars since time immemorial— but up until now, all our observations have been from a distance because of the intense heat our home star generates. That will change soon — thanks to the Parker Space Probe that will launch Aug. 11. This new probe will be able to touch the sun — or at least its outer atmosphere. How can the new solar probe stand up to the heat?
Thinking that the earth might be flat appears to have grown in popularity in recent years. Indeed, flat earthers are gathering for their annual conference this year in Birmingham, just two miles from my own university. But the earth isn’t flat. Unsurprisingly, this isn’t hard to prove. But as scads of YouTube videos demonstrate, these proofs fail to convince everyone. A glance at the comments show there’s still vitriolic disagreement in some quarters.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the most comprehensive map of our Milky Way Galaxy. The map, which is based on the latest data from the ESA's Gaia mission, includes the positions, distances and motions of nearly 1.7 billion stars, as well as asteroids within our Solar System.
The Sun is losing mass as it’s getting older. As a result, its gravitational pull is weakening and the orbits of all the planets in our solar system are expanding. To earthlings, the effect of broadening of Earth’s orbit will likely remain minuscule as it’s expanding at the rate of less than an inch a year.
There is a giant metallic asteroid that is worth $10,000 quadrillion floating in space right now. Discovered in March 17th 1852 by an Italian astronomer, Annibale de Gasparis, the asteroid is called 16 Psyche – derived from Greek mythological God Psyche who represents the spirits.
Kepler’s K2 mission has revealed the presence of another ‘Super-Earth’ planet. The newly discovered planet, designated EPIC 246393474 b (or C12_3474 b), is 'more than' five times more massive than the Earth and orbits its parent star every 6.7 hours, making it the planet having the shortest orbital period known to date with a precisely determined mass.
Extreme weather space events could potentially wipe out the electrical grids and cause widespread technological damage. To prevent or mitigate such a catastrophe, scientists have proposed a plan to construct a massive ‘magnetic deflector’ that would sit like a shield between Earth and the Sun, deflecting the sun’s harmful particles back into space.
A new study at NASA has found that our moon had a more prominent atmosphere than it does today - around 3 to 4 billion years ago
Hubble has detected glowing water molecules around a planet outside our solar system for the first time. And, this gives us the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on an exoplanet.