NASA to launch students' nanosatellite
EQUiSat, a nanosatellite being built by a team of Brown University students, has been cleared for launch.
Nearest supernova in 27 years explodes in M82 galaxy
"Loss of the night" app measures light pollution
If the Christmas story were set in the modern era, you might expect that the three wise men would need to rely on their GPS whenever they came into a town. But in fact, some stars can still be seen in even ...
Up in the sky: It's a nuclear explosion
If you live in the southern hemisphere, you now can safely view the aftermath of a nuclear explosion from the comfort of your own backyard.
Rocket with secret payload launches off California
A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast.
South Pole telescope detector aids study of the universe
Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) users from Argonne's High Energy Physics and Materials Science divisions helped design and operate part of the South Pole Telescope, a project that aims a large telescope ...
South Pole Telescope helps Argonne scientists study earliest ages of the universe
(Phys.org) —For physicist Clarence Chang at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, looking backward in time to the earliest ages of the universe is all in a day's work.
Researchers find that bright nearby double star Fomalhaut is actually a triple
(Phys.org) —The nearby star system Fomalhaut – of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk – has been discovered to be not just a double star, as astronomers had thought, but one of the widest ...
Preparing for comet ISON
(Phys.org) —ESA's space missions are getting ready to observe an icy visitor to the inner Solar System: Comet ISON, which might also be visible in the night sky later this year as a naked eye object.
Research project to capture infrared view of distant universe
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a very large new survey of galaxies using a new instrument—MOSFIRE—on ...
Phaethon confirmed as rock comet by STEREO vision
The Sun-grazing asteroid, Phaethon, has betrayed its true nature by showing a comet-like tail of dust particles blown backwards by radiation pressure from the Sun. Unlike a comet, however, Phaethon's tail ...
Spitzer telescope celebrates ten years in space
(Phys.org) —Ten years after a Delta II rocket launched NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, lighting up the night sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., the fourth of the agency's four Great Observatories continues ...
In astronomy, there's nothing quite like a bright meteor streaking across the glittering canopy of a moonless night sky. The unexpected flash of light adds a dash of magic to an ordinary walk under the stars.
How many moons does Earth have?
Look up into the night sky and count the moons. You can see only one moon, "the" Moon. But does the Earth have any other moons? Around the Solar System, multiple moons are the rule. Jupiter has 67 natural ...