Category Archives: Astronomy

The Gravity of the National Space Society’s Vision

We, the members of the National Space Society, believe exploring the unknown is one of the things that drives our vision of “people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of … Continue reading

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Epic Video Takes Pluto-mania Viral

Video on NASA’s New Horizons Mission Gets a Million Views in a Week; This Extended Director’s Cut Version Dropped Today on YouTube This extended version of a viral video detailing NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, entitled “New Horizons [Extended … Continue reading

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Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting off Jovian Moon Europa

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to … Continue reading

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Amateur Astronomers Will Help ‘Target Asteroids!’

A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects (NEOs) and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. The amateur astronomers are about to … Continue reading

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More Planets than Stars – But Axial Tilt may be the Key to Life

There is an average of more than one planet per star in the Milky Way Image Credit: NASA / ESA / ESO With the forthcoming publication in the journal Nature on 12 January, it is estimated that there are more … Continue reading

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ALMA: Atacama Large Millimeter Array

Humanity’s most complex ground-based astronomy observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has officially opened for astronomers at its 16,500-feet elevation site in northern Chile. Detailed views of star-formation in the Antennae Galaxies are the first astronomical test images released … Continue reading

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Striking NASA Motion Images of Asteroid Vesta

High definition versions of this video are available on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.

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Is an Earth Trojan Asteroid the Logical Target for the "Flexible Path"?

Asteroid 2010 TK7 is circled in green. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA Scientists using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the first Trojan Asteroid in Earth orbit. Trojans orbit at a location in front of or … Continue reading

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NASA's WISE Mission Finds First Trojan Asteroid Sharing Earth's Orbit

PASADENA, Calif. – Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission have discovered the first known “Trojan” asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth. Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet near stable … Continue reading

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James Webb Telescope in danger of cancellation

The James Webb Telescope, successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, has been cut by the House Appropriations Committee. An amendment to the NASA budget to restore funding to the telescope was defeated July 14. The telescope has been plagued with … Continue reading

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