All

A Different Volcanic Area Found on the Far Side of the Moon

A hot spot on the far side of the Moon has turned out to be a small volcanic area created by the upwelling of magma. Because of the volcanic areas location and the composition of the lava being different to normal it gives clues to the moon’s thermal history. The hotspot is actually a concentration [...]

All

Science Fiction Becomes Fact As 10 New Jupiter Sized Planets Found in Deep Space

10 new Jupiter sized planets have been found floating alone in space, and I mean alone, well away from any star. They are sometimes called orphan planets and have been the subject of science fiction and science theory for a long time but now there is evidence that they exist. The survey shows that for [...]

All

New Image of Jets from a Supermassive Black Hole in Another Galaxy

Particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole have been captured in an image provided by radio telescopes located in the southern hemisphere. The image shows an area less than 4.2 light years across. This makes this image the highest resolution image of a galactic jet made to date. Jets and Lobes from the Black [...]

All

Mars Rover Opportunity Poses for a Quick Picture

Opportunity (NASA’s Mars exploration Rover) has been exploring a crater on Mars called Santa Maria and has nearly finished its three-month examination. The picture has been taken from orbit of opportunity posing  just on the edge. The pictures were taken by the high resolution imaging science experiment (HIRISE). The tracks from the west that opportunity [...]

All

Excessive Heat Found in Enceladus

Cassini has recorded internal heat produced by the south polar terrain of Enceladus to be extremely more than was predicted. The internal heat is about 15.80 GW which is about the power output of 20 coal fuelled power stations. This doesn’t mean that a bunch of aliens have built 20 coal fuelled power stations on [...]

All

Jupiter Like Planet Lurking Just Outside our Solar System is Extremely Unlikely

To say that the whole astronomic community was set on fire by the claim that a Jupiter-like planet might be lurking just outside our solar system would be a bit of a stretch, but spirits were indeed high, after this claim was made by John Matese and Daniel Whitmire of the University of Lousiana-Lafayette. Tyche, [...]

All

Kepler Finds a Multitude of Planets of All Shapes and Structures

Some great news from the planet front has just arrived. As was expected Kepler has found lots of new planets. These planets are really planetary candidates and have to be positively confirmed but a high percentage definitely will be planets. The recent findings increase the number of planets found by Kepler to 1235. 68 of [...]

All

Rocky Planet Found by Kepler Gets Us Closer to Finding an Earthlike Planet

The race to find an earthlike planet hots up with the Kepler space telescope finding a rocky planet. I say race because the telescope that finds an earthlike planet will enter the history books. This planet orbits a sun like star. The planet is only 40% larger than Earth (all the previous ones were the size [...]

All

Plank Finds New Galaxy Clusters and Unidentified Objects

The Plank space observatory has just released its first scientific results from the Plank spacecraft. The findings look at the coldest objects in the universe and our galaxy and out to the edges of the universe. The Plank Observatory is looking to put together a picture of the evolution of the cosmos and these findings [...]

All

Views of the Whole Solar Corona by the Solar Dynamics Observatory

It is possible to see the solar corona, the Sun’s atmosphere, during an eclipse but only the outer layer. The solar dynamics Observatory (SDO) is now taking images of the innermost solar corona seven days a week 24 hours a day. Normally the solar corona can only be seen by blocking the sun with a [...]

All

Black Holes Grew Earlier and Faster Than Predicted

A paper that is about to be published from the Tel Aviv University will show that the most massive black holes were  growing when the universe was about 1.2 billion years old and not as previously thought when the universe was 2 to 4 billion years old. They are also thought to grow at a [...]

All

Eclipse changes The Moon’s Colour

An Eclipse seen in America and Europe on Tuesday changed the moon’s colour from pink to blood red. This came from the sun, Earth and the moon aligning. The moon swung into the shadow of the Earth to cause these effects. Even though the moon was in the shadow of the Earth the Moon didn’t [...]

All

Cassini May Have Spotted an Ice Volcano on Titan

Cassini may have spotted a cryovolcano on Titan. it has been found in a region called the Sotra Facula. The craters, peaks and fingerlike flows are very good indicators that this is a cryovolcanism. The picture has been exaggerated and filled in with false colours for clarity.this is good news for the search for life [...]

All

Could This be the Start of a New Space Shuttle?

All is not lost for the space shuttle idea. Richard Branson is thinking big again and along with orbital sciences Corp, Sierra Nevada Corp and some others they may build a reusable taxi to space just like the space shuttle. NASA will find $200 million to help with the development. When the last shuttle goes [...]

All

Supernova Explosions Aren’t Quite What We Thought

Supernovas are exploding stars which, depending on their type explode in different ways and for different reasons. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on the way you look at it new evidence has been found that these theories aren’t quite right. An instrument called the solar mass ejector imager has given extra information. Data from the imager, [...]

News

An Asteroid to Look Out For…

Asteroids and comets are flying around our solar system in all sorts of orbits and it’s only a matter of time until they hit the earth although there is rather a large amount of space that they can fly in compared to mass of the planets that they could hit. The ones that are close [...]

All

American Institute of Physics Reveals Core Cost-effective Selenium Solar Cells

Did you know that many scientists would like to discover light-catching substances in order to transform more of the sun’s energy into carbon-free electric power? A new study announced in the magazine Applied Physics Letters in August 2010 (published by the American Institute of Physics), explains how solar power could potentially be collected by using [...]

All

Closer Views on a Growing Solar System

I wrote an article on the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems throughout the galaxy a few weeks ago. New information is coming to light all the time and this is a field that has a lot of discoveries left to find. The new discoveries were published in the astrophysical Journal. Astronomers [...]

All

Commercial Rocket Falcon 9 Launches from Cape Canaveral into Orbit

Falcon 9 built by SpaceX reached orbit on Friday. This commercial venture is hoped by NASA to replace the government rockets that are presently taking satellites etc into orbit. Commercialisation of space was put forward as a major aim by the United States when president Obama came into power. This is one of those small [...]

All

Good Evidence for Life on Saturn’s Moon Titan

The Cassini spacecraft has noticed on Titan, Saturn’s moon, that hydrogen molecules flow down through the atmosphere and disappear when they reach the surface (Icarus Journal). Also the hydrocarbons on the surface of Titan have been mapped and show that there is a lack of acetylne (Journal of geophysical research). The lack of acetylne could [...]

Page 1 of 212»

Archives

Categories