Space

MAVEN arrives to Mars one month before Comet Siding Spring

At 02:24 UTC today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached planet Mars and entered its orbit. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin its primary mission in a

September 22, 2014

SpaceX to deliver RapidScat wind watcher and first 3-D printer to ISS

A new NASA mission designed to boost global monitoring of ocean winds, improve weather forecasting and climate studies is now on its way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the Falcon 9 rocket from Space L

September 21, 2014

Massive galaxies grow by eating their smaller neighbors

Australian astronomers have found out that massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies. They looked at more than 22 000 galaxies and found that while smaller galaxies were very efficient at creating st

September 21, 2014

Rosetta’s lander Philae will target the 'head' of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

ESA announced today that the landing spot for Rosetta's lander Philae will be target Site J, an intriguing region on the 'head' of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The spot offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum

September 15, 2014

Bright meteor observed over Bosnia and Herzegovina

A bright meteor was observed at 00:54 UTC on September 13 over Bosnia and Herzegovina and recorded by cameras of BiH meteor network run by Astronomical Society Orion and Federal Hydrometeorological Institute from Sarajevo. Mohammed Muminović from Astronomical Society O

September 14, 2014

Preliminary map of Rosetta's target - comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The preliminary map of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and new high resolution images from OSIRIS instrument were released at special session at EPSC yesterday. This is the first time a cometary surface was seen in such detail. In some of the images, one pixel correspon

September 09, 2014

Binary asteroid 2002 CE26 to safely flyby Earth on September 9, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC flew past Earth yesterday and left a warning sign in Nicaragua's capital Managua but there is another and bigger asteroid approaching our planet.Discovered on February 10, 2002, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (L

September 08, 2014

Meteorite hits Nicaragua's capital, leaves 12-meter wide crater

A meteorite hit Nicaragua's capital Managua around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, September 7, and left a 12-meter wide crater in a wooded area near the city's airport. The meteorite impact was accompanied by a loud boom and a burning smell.

September 08, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC to flyby through Earth-Moon system on September 7, 2014

Newly discovered 20-meters wide (60 feet) asteroid named 2014 RC will enter the Earth - Moon system on Sunday, September 7, 2014, and flyby just 40 000 km (25 000 miles / 0.1 LD) from Earth. That's almost inside the orbit of geosynchronous

September 05, 2014

Large fireball recorded over Campinas, Brazil

A large fireball was captured streaking across the skies of the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil, at 22:07 UTC on Monday, September 1, 2014.The fireball was captured by stations in Campinas (OMCJN and WAS) and Mogi das Cruzes (MC4).Video credit: 

September 03, 2014

Martian geology continues to baffle scientists

The official geological history of the planet Mars is a confused and murky tale filled with contradictions and shifting narratives. Astonishing scientific data obtained in the last decade has only deepened the storyteller’s confusion. At the recent 8th Internation

September 02, 2014

Night sky guide for September 2014

The Moon will be well placed for observation in the evening sky on September 2. It will place itself directly opposite the Earth from the Sun on September 9 at 01:38 UTC and will be fully illuminated - this full moon is known as Full Corn Moon and the Harvest Moon. On t

September 01, 2014

Telescopes uncover early construction phase of giant galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed "Sparky," is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.&n

August 28, 2014

Zooming in on star formation regions in the southern Milky Way

The latest image released by ESO shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, on the left, is dominated by the star cluster NGC 3603, located 20 000 light-years away, in the Carina–Sagittarius spiral arm of the

August 20, 2014

Two brightest planets in the Solar System converge

Two brightest planets in the Solar System - Venus and Jupiter - are joining together for a beautiful early morning view. The show started on August 15 with Venus and Jupiter little more than 2 degrees apart. These two worlds haven’t paired so c

August 17, 2014

Rosetta mission findings: no room for dirty snowballs

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to the Comet 67P is attracting worldwide attention to comet science. While months remain until the team attempts to land a probe on the comet's surface, astonishing revelations are already confronting scientists on Ear

August 16, 2014

Insight into one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades

On January 21, 2014, astronomers around the world witnessed a supernova soon after it exploded in the Messier 82, or M82, galaxy. It is one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades. Telescopes across the globe and in space turned their at

August 15, 2014

Stardust's payload holds first potential interstellar space particles

A team of scientists has been combing through the payload of NASA's Stardust spacecraft since it returned to Earth in 2006. They found seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles, that most likely came from outside of our solar system. If

August 14, 2014

The sky is full of Perseids

This video is a compilation of Perseid meteors seen by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network on the night of August 12-13, 2014. Even if you missed the peak show last night there is still time, just head out when it gets dark and enjoy. The rates are sharply

August 13, 2014

Colliding atmospheres - Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

It's a known fact that planets have atmospheres, but the same can't be said for comets. The atmosphere of a comet, called its "coma," is made of gas and dust that spew out of the sun-warmed nucleus and it's typically wider than Jupiter.La

August 13, 2014

Observations suggest frequent massive eruptions on Jupiter’s moon Io

Observations made using Keck and Gemini observatories, Hawaii, revealed three massive volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io within a two-week period in August 2013, leading astronomers to speculate that these presumed rare "outbursts" migh

August 09, 2014

Massive storm systems formed on planet Uranus

As hurricanes threaten the Aloha State, astronomers working at W. M. Keck Observatory on the island of Hawaii were surprised by the appearance of gigantic swirling storm systems on the distant planet Uranus.During the Voyager encounter with Uranus in 1986, only a scant

August 07, 2014

Fireball explodes producing small meteorites near Lake Weiss, Alabama

NASA's All Sky Cameras detected a bright fireball that broke apart in a brilliant flash of light above the Alabama town of Henagar, USA, around 03:20 UTC on August 3, 2014 (22:20 EDT on August 2). Based on the meteor's speed, final altitude,

August 05, 2014

Live event: Rosetta arrives at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

On August 6, 2014, after a decade-long journey through space, ESA’s comet chaser "Rosetta" will become the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet. Rosetta will also be the first mission in history to escort a comet as it or

August 05, 2014

Comet 67P too hot to be covered in ice

ESA’s comet chaser Rosetta has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and found that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.The observations of the comet we

August 01, 2014

Night sky guide for August 2014

Late July and early August can be one of the best times of the year to observe meteors, weather permitted. This is because there are several minor meteor showers emanating from the adjacent constellations of Capricornus and Aquarius. However, the closest and the largest

August 01, 2014

Fog of low-energy X-rays over the entire sky puzzle resolved

A decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky was recently resolved. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow st

July 30, 2014

Delta Aquarid meteor shower live stream from Alabama on July 29-30, 2014

A favorable new moon will help darken the skies for 2014 Delta Aquarid meteor shower (the Southern Delta Aquarids) on the night of July 29-30, 2014. If weather permits NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will offer a live Ustream view of the sky over Huntsville, Ala

July 29, 2014

Supermoon vs Perseid meteors

During the second week of August, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year will face off against everyone's favorite meteor shower - Perseids - and the outcome could be beautiful.On August 10, 2014, just as the Perseids are set to peak, the Moon wil

July 29, 2014

Asteroid vesta shatters planet formation theory

In the previous Space News, we discussed astronomer's recent admission that they now need a whole new theory to explain about how planets form. Today yet another discovery has shattered conventional ideas about planet formation and the so-called early solar system.

July 29, 2014

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster unexplained by known physics

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to explore the Perseus Cluster, a swarm of galaxies approximately 250 million light years from Earth, have observed the spectral line that appears not to come from any known type of matter. The signal

July 25, 2014

New images and 3D model of Rosetta's target - Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

As the ESA's comet chaser Rosetta approaches Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) for an August rendezvous, the comet's core is finally coming into sharper focus. Yesterday, ESA released a new set of images taken by the OSIRIS spacecraft on July 20th

July 25, 2014

Fermi catches a never before seen 'transformer' neutron star

In late June 2013 astronomers using Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope observed an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star which suddenly underwent a dramatic change in behavior. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the

July 23, 2014

Earth-facing side of the sun without visible sunspots

Images taken by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on July 17, 2014 show no active sunspots on the visible solar disk. To be correct, tiny decaying AR 2113 is still visible, but its size remains so small that the plots and charts didn't registered it. SDO's

July 17, 2014

The most thorough map of the Martian surface to date

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released the most thorough map of the Martian surface to date. The data for the new map was collected by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and

July 16, 2014