Astronomy & Space news

A full day on Pluto-Charon

This time-lapse "movie" of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was recently shot at record-setting distances with the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The movie ...

Feb 13, 2015
4.8 / 5 (18) 1

Exploded star blooms like a cosmic flower

Because the debris fields of exploded stars, known as supernova remnants, are very hot, energetic, and glow brightly in X-ray light, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has proven to be a valuable tool in studying ...

Feb 12, 2015
4.8 / 5 (18) 8

SwissCube's longevity marks its success

Launched more than five years ago, the small Swiss satellite designed by EPFL and several other Universities of Applied Sciences, will soon have orbited the Earth 30'000 times. Against all odds, its systems ...

Feb 20, 2015
4.9 / 5 (9) 0

Mismatched twin stars spotted in the delivery room

The majority of stars in our galaxy come in pairs. In particular, the most massive stars usually have a companion. These fraternal twins tend to be somewhat equal partners when it comes to mass - but not ...

Feb 12, 2015
5 / 5 (6) 1

Stanford pair helping predict solar storms

Life as a forecaster is not easy. Just ask National Weather Service forecasters who misjudged how a recent winter storm would impact the Big Apple. Now imagine trying to predict weather activity on a burning ...

Feb 19, 2015
5 / 5 (3) 0