Posts in Astronomy and Space News

….and here’s the first high-res image of Pluto

// July 15th, 2015 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

In the NASA press conference running right now, they released the first high-res image of Pluto. So without further ado…

Are sunspots killing us? New research hints sunspots at birth shorten overall lifespan

// January 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Research out of Norway drew a surprising conclusion this week – sunspots appear to shorten a person’s lifespan by over half a decade. Researchers studied more than 9,062 Norwegian births from 1676 to 1878 and using the occurrence of sunspots, a barometer of sorts for solar activity, found that lifespans were shorter by slightly over […]

North Korea surprises the world with their stupidly simple military drones – RC planes with GoPro cameras attached

// April 2nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Although they pale in comparison to the United States’ Predator and Global Hawk military drones, North Korea apparently has a military drone program of their own, albeit Kim Jong-un’s version is little more than a RC plane with GoPro cameras strapped on. South Korea said today that two of the drones crashed outside their military […]

North Korea’s new space agency logo says a lot – NADA

// April 2nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

It’s one year old and to celebrate the milestone, North Korea has rolled out a new logo for their space program called, and we’re not kidding here – NADA (as in Spanish for “nothing”). Not surprisingly, the logo is almost a direct copy of NASA’s iconic emblem (see below).

It’s python vs. crocodile – guess who won the epic four-hour battle

// March 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Close-up of python eating crocodile

Pythons and crocodiles – both are deadly carnivores who terrify not only people, but the enumerable members of the animal kingdom who are unfortunate enough to serve as their lunch. Both beasts lie pretty close to the top of the food chain. But what would happen if the two were pit against each other in […]

Scientist observe and photograph record-breaking meteorite impact on Moon

// February 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

On September 11, 2013, Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a weight of nearly 1,000 lbs crashing into the surface of the Moon. Astronomers say the record-breaking impact would have generated a flash of light bright enough to be seen from Earth. The strike was recorded by the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS), […]

Wow! Stunning picture of Milky Way taken from Northern Chile

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NASA published this stunning photograph today featuring the road that connects the Northern Cross and Southern Cross – the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. Taken from Laguna Cejar in Northern Chile by Nicholas Buer, the photo was shot in October, just after sunset. Included in the photo are the Moon, Venus (above/left of […]

China’s lunar rover may have just experienced a catastrophic failure – world holds breath (update)

// January 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover is a little over a month into its three-month lunar exploration mission. Today the Chinese State Administration of Space, Technology, and Industry for National Defense has said the rover has experience a “mechanical control abnormality” that was the result of a “complicated lunar surface environment”. In other words, it’s stuck […]

Nearby record-breaking M82 supernova continues to grow brighter

// January 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Three days ago, a white dwarf exploded in the nearby M82 galaxy (aka Messier 82, Starburst Galaxy, or the Cigar Galaxy), the closest galaxy to our own. The explosion created the closest, and brightest, supernova seen by man in over a quarter of a century. In fact, the explosion is so bright, backyard astronomers are […]

Astronomers may have found the impossible – a star within a star

// January 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Seemingly impossible, the idea of a nested star has been proposed before – it’s just nobody has ever found an example of the cosmic oddity. That may be about to change though. Scientists are keeping the name of the star a secret right now – at least until their peers can validate their findings – […]

The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) – unusual number of supernovas exploding for no apparent reason

// November 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NGC 6946 (also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, Arp 29, and Caldwell 12) is a medium-sized, face-on spiral galaxy about 22.5 million light years away from Earth located in the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. At about 20,000 light years wide, it’s one of about a dozen nearby neighbors to the Milky Way. Since its discovery […]

Pirate Party offers birthday gift for NASA – you can use our servers while U.S. funding gets worked out

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News, Hacking and Security

The Pirate Party of Russia (Russian: Пиратская Партия России, ППР), a grassroots effort to promote e-democracy, freedom of information, and protection of personal privacy, has offered NASA a birthday gift as the space institution marks its 55th birthday this week. While the space agency’s website has been shut down “due to the lapse in federal […]

New photo of giant star, Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in our galaxy

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The bright star at the center of this nebula, the object responsible for the nebula’s distorted form, is Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in the galaxy. Eta Carinae is around 100 times the mass of our sun and 1 million times brighter. Scientists think it could explode as a supernova at any […]

Here is NASA’s home page after the United States government shutdown

// October 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

How sad. Here is NASA’s primary home page after the United States government shutdown on October 1, 2013. It reads: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.”

Voyager 1 becomes first spacecraft to leave our solar system

// September 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Voyager 1, launched in 1977, is more than 11.66 billion miles from the sun and is now recognized as the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Solar storm aftershocks at the edge of our solar system provided confirmation that Voyager 1 made the passage on August 25, 2012.

New mind-bending model successfully describes the universe with no “Big Bang”, no beginning, and no end

// July 17th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

A professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan has proposed a new model built from some of the most basic entities: time, space, mass, and length. In this new mind-bending model, time and space can be converted into each other and mass and length also convert in the same manner. Basically, as the universe […]