Wednesday: August 3, 2011
- New study suggests that Earth may have originally had two moons.
A tiny second moon may once have orbited Earth before catastrophically slamming into the other one, a titanic clash that could explain why the two sides of the surviving lunar satellite are so different from each other, a new study suggests. The second moon around Earth would have been about 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) wide and could have formed from the same collision between the planet and a Mars-sized object that scientists suspect helped create the moon we see in the sky today, astronomers said.
Wednesday: May 12, 2010
- Scientists have discovered that Jupiter somehow managed to lose a stripe.
The band was present at the end of 2009, right before Jupiter moved too close to the sun in the sky to be observed from Earth. When the planet emerged from the sun's glare again in early April, its south equatorial belt was nowhere to be seen.
Friday: April 9, 2010
- NASA decides to unveil a whole slew of sweeping new programs
This budget provides an increase to NASA at a time when funding is scarce,' he said. 'It will enable us to accomplish inspiring exploration, science and R and D, the kinds of things the agency has been known for throughout its history.'
Monday: March 22, 2010
- Micro-planets through the micro-planetary eye of Photoshop.
Enjoy some eye-bending planetary Photoshop this fine Monday morning. Some of this submissions may play with your head a little bit (drink coffee first).
Thursday: March 4, 2010
- NASA has discovered an abundant amount of water on the moon.
The quantity of water present at the lunar poles is significant,' Spudis writes; 'at the north pole alone, the 600 million metric tons of water there -- turned into rocket fuel -- is enough to launch the equivalent of one Space Shuttle (735 mT of propellant) per day for over 2000 years.'
Tuesday: January 5, 2010
- Five new lightweight planets discovered via Kepler space telescope.
All five planets in question are really close to nearby stars making them a little too hot for any actual human/alien life. Also, the orbital period is about three to four days but still, your face would melt off.
Tuesday: December 29, 2009
- A collection of the top ten space photos of 2009 just for you.
Behold the almighty power of a Geminid meteor as it streaks across the Mojave Desert of California. These meteors are apparently quite easy to see since they move slower and are essentially just comet leftovers. The real lesson here is that leftovers can be a good thing after all.
Thursday: September 10, 2009
- Hubble space telescope back in full force thanks to recent repairs.
The pictures clearly show the fabled telescope is back in action, ready to resume its role as one of the most productive observatories on or off the planet, thanks to a dramatic five-spacewalk shuttle repair mission last May.
Monday: August 24, 2009
- Turns out that Pluto still quite popular amongst Plutophiles.
You can order 'Plutophile' bumper stickers to proclaim your firm support for Pluto, print out a Pluto Fan Club card -- which allows you to declare, 'In my heart, Pluto will always be a planet' - or sign an online petition.
Monday: July 13, 2009
- You just might be surfing the interplanetary internet by 2011.
...development DTN has advanced quickly over the past year, and NASA missions are planning to adopt the network by 2011. In November 2008 NASA test-drove the network by sending space images to and from the EPOXI spacecraft, some 20 million miles (32 million kilometers) from Earth.
Thursday: June 25, 2009
- Life on other worlds as seen through the eye of Photoshop.
A fun selection of sci-fi other worldly Photoshop work for your viewing pleasure.