by | December 20, 2018 | 20:31

A team of astronomers has discovered the most extreme trans-Neptunian object in the outer reaches of the Solar System . The first discovery images were taken November 10, 2018. By comparison, Pluto is now about 34AU in distance, making Farout more than three-and-a-half times more distant than the famous dwarf planet. In early December, " Farout " was seen a second time at the Magellan telescope placed at Carnegie's Chile-based Las Campanas Observatory.

by | December 20, 2018 | 17:42

A 1986 paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters sought to explain this, theorizing that the ring particles were becoming entrained in Saturn's magnetic field, plunging toward the planet and creating what amounted to a " ring rain ", which cleared away haze and created the signature lines.

by | December 18, 2018 | 19:56

With a first flight to the edge of space under the company's belt, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson believes commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo could begin some time next year. In addition to the two pilots, SpaceShipTwo was also carrying a dummy to simulate a passenger and four unspecified research payloads that are part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program.

by | December 18, 2018 | 16:37

To be technical, until a comet completely disintegrates, it always in the sky, but usually it is too far away for anyone to see it. Comet Wirtanen has brightened to +4th magnitude and is faintly visible to unaided eyes as a dim, fuzzy patch in a dark sky.

by | December 17, 2018 | 17:12

Perhaps Parrish and McGowan should consider an off-this-world honeymoon destination when Virgin Galactic finally moves ahead with ferrying passengers to suborbital space. With recent progress towards launching commercial flights, Mr Branson said he was ready to re-open bookings. During the launch, the spacecraft achieved speeds of just under mach 3.0 (3 times the speed of sound).

by | December 17, 2018 | 16:59

The Gemini Meteor Shower 2018 will be active from December 4 to 17 but the most active period is the evening of December 13 to 14. ( Astromony magazine thinks this will be local time in most time zones ) The meteor shower is going to peak at 2 a.m .

by | December 14, 2018 | 17:57

The Geminids are named for the constellation Gemini, the point from which the meteors seem to radiate. The Geminid meteor shower will peak from midnight until daybreak on 13 and 14 December. Stargazers are encouraged to head over to the darkest spots outside and look up for a show of lights streaming across the sky. From 50 to over 100 meteors may be visible per hour.

by | December 14, 2018 | 12:53

In line with the instructions from the control centre, they also took pictures of the external side of the hole. The hole, which had apparently be hastily patched before the Soyuz launched from Earth, eventually broke open and began leaking air out into space, at which point the space station's system detected it.

by | December 14, 2018 | 05:11

The craft, known as the VSS Unity , took off attached to an airplane, then fired its rocket motors to reach new heights. Musk, the billionaire CEO of electric carmaker Tesla, said the Big Falcon Rocket could conduct its first orbital flights in two to three years as part of his grand plan to shuttle passengers to the moon and eventually fly humans and cargo to Mars.

by | December 13, 2018 | 22:11

The timing is opportune, astronomers point out, as some meteor showers arrive when there is just too much light to observe anything. Meteor showers are indubitably one of the galaxy's best-kept secrets. The cosmic debris that causes the Geminids comes from a odd object called 3200 Phaethon, which is named after a son of the ancient Greek god Helios.

by | December 11, 2018 | 09:57

Voyager 1 was the first in 2012, but its successor has the tech to make unprecedented observations. The fact that the two spacecraft are in different positions in space allows for scientists to retrieve data from different parts of outer space around the solar system.

by | December 10, 2018 | 12:00

On board is a lander which, if all goes smoothly, will soon make history by touching down on the far side of the Moon. It also presents communication difficulties because the far side of the moon always points away from Earth, meaning signals could be blocked.

by | December 08, 2018 | 14:56

In a video Musk posted from the perspective of the failed booster, one of the grid fins appears to be stuck, which undoubtedly threw the rocket off course. Videos swirling across the internet shows that the booster got out of the control as it headed towards the designated landing spot. Later it became known that the ship was successfully launched into orbit.

by | December 08, 2018 | 06:29

ET Wednesday for a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral, this time with thousands of pounds of cargo for the International Space Station . The crew-carrying version of Dragon is schedule to fly a test mission next month , and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed flight from US soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011.

by | December 08, 2018 | 01:54

There are more plans to record sounds on Mars with the 2002 lander project. The seismometer is waiting to be deployed to the lander's robotic arm, and once that happens it will be covered with a domed shield to protect it from wind and temperature changes, so it won't be able to pick up this sound .

by | December 07, 2018 | 22:30

Three astronauts who launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have entered the International Space Station after spending almost eight hours in their tiny capsule. The evening before the launch, crew commander Oleg Kononenko said the astronauts "absolutely" had trust in the flight preparations. Last month, Roscosmos tweeted a video of the October 11 failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin into making a harrowing ...

by | December 07, 2018 | 21:54

The post said that it had removed eels from the noses of several seals they're monitoring and that the seals were unharmed in every case, but the same couldn't be said for the eels . Fortunately, no harm to the seals was observed. "Alternatively, the seal could have swallowed the eel and regurgitated it so that the eel came out the wrong way", NOAA said.

by | December 07, 2018 | 18:25

Astronauts Anne McClain from American space agency Nasa, David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos left aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just after 11.31am GMT.

by | December 06, 2018 | 13:59

The U.N. chief chided countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for failing to do enough to back the 2015 Paris climate accord, which set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) - by the end of the century.

by | December 05, 2018 | 23:42

After a string of damning environmental reports showing mankind must drastically slash its greenhouse gas emissions to avert runaway global warming, Guterres told delegates "we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough". But with only a single degree Celsius of warming so far, the world has already seen a crescendo of deadly wildfires, heatwaves and hurricanes made more destructive by rising seas.

by | December 04, 2018 | 05:07

The three new space travellers - Anne McClain of NASA , David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos are preparing to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft at 5.31 p.m. The launch of the rocket will be observed by the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin , the head of NASA's manned flights department, William Gerstenmayer, and the governor-general of Canada, Julie Peyette (former astronaut of the Canadian Space Agency).

by | December 04, 2018 | 02:48

It marked one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched and the most crowded single mission in USA history, according to Spaceflight, SpaceX's customer for the launch . "A series of six deployments, occurring between 13 to 43 minutes after liftoff, will be followed by Spaceflight's own deployment sequences", explained SpaceX in a statement.

by | December 03, 2018 | 21:06

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter that the crew were "safely in orbit" and thanked the United States and Russian teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success". A criminal investigation into the failure placed the blame on a sensor which had been damaged during assembly. Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev, who is now onboard the space station, are also scheduled for a spacewalk to examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the outside.

by | December 03, 2018 | 11:12

Despite the unrest that has accompanied the protests, the " yellow vests" have widespread public support , even in the cities. For more than two weeks, the "yellow vests" have blocked roads across France in a spontaneous, popular rebellion against diesel tax hikes and the high cost of living.

by | December 01, 2018 | 22:43

Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine elaborated this week on the reasons why the USA space agency launched a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing , which are building spaceships for astronauts, including their workplace culture and drug-free policies.