AstroBlog The Astronomy & Space Exploration Blog Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:28:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Top 10 Photographs of Celestial Objects Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:12:30 +0000 Phobos Viking 1NASA has provided us with stunning photos over the years, featuring everything from stars and planets to nebulae and even distant galaxies, using telescopes here at home as well as probes orbiting our planet and exploring distant corners of the … Continue reading ]]> 0 What’s the Difference Between LEO, MEO and GEO Satellites? Sun, 02 Jun 2019 00:36:13 +0000 Earth SatellitesAs of the beginning of 2019, nearly 5,000 satellites are orbiting our planet — more, since SpaceX just launched 60 Starlink communications satellites in one monumental event. With so many orbiting bodies circling the Earth, it’s a miracle they don’t … Continue reading ]]> 0 83 Black Holes Found at the Edge of the Universe Thu, 11 Apr 2019 21:46:53 +0000 Black HoleInternational astronomers have made an incredible discovery recently that many may not see the significance of right away. Astronomers discovered 83 supermassive black holes on the edge of the universe. There’s a lot to unpack from that simple statement, but … Continue reading ]]> 0 Why Did Lunar Outpost Design Small Rovers for the Moon? Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:43:26 +0000 Change 4 Chinese Moon RoverIt’s been a long time since we’ve sent people to the moon. The last human being set foot on our satellite in 1972 and though China has sent probes to the dark side of the Moon, no humans have visited … Continue reading ]]> 0 Exciting Future Uses of Textiles in Space Wed, 28 Nov 2018 19:22:36 +0000 Fabric TextileWhen we think about space-age technology and exploring the Cosmos, we usually think of metals, foils and ceramics. But what about textiles? As many NASA engineers can tell you, textiles have always been an unsung hero in the world of … Continue reading ]]> 0 TESS Space Telescope Discovers First Exoplanet Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:06:53 +0000 TESS Space TelescopeThe TESS space telescope was launched on April 18, 2018, sitting atop a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. This telescope, which is short for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is designed to scan the night sky in search of one … Continue reading ]]> 0 What’s on the Menu for Astronauts? Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:18:05 +0000 Skylab Astronauts FoodWhen you think of eating food in space, what foods come to mind? Chances are, it’s that freeze-dried ice cream that you tried once as a kid during a science field trip, right? During the early part of the space … Continue reading ]]> 0 Why Does the Advisory Committee Want a Smaller ISS Crew? Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:39:15 +0000 International Space StationThere are currently six astronauts on the International Space Station right now — three from the United States, two from Russia and one from Japan. You can use this website to see who they are and how many days they’ve … Continue reading ]]> 0 The ESA Just Released the Most Comprehensive Image of the Milky Way Sat, 28 Apr 2018 20:44:50 +0000 Milky Way Night SkyOn a clear night, we can look up at the night sky and see our galaxy – The Milky Way – spinning away in the blackness. Even with the naked eye, it’s a magnificent sight to behold, but we can’t … Continue reading ]]> 0 How Do Spacecraft Withstand Re-Entry Into Earth’s Atmosphere? Wed, 28 Mar 2018 01:48:17 +0000 Rocket LaunchIf you’re lucky when you look up in the sky at night, you might see a shooting star. As you’re making your wish, what you’re actually seeing is a small piece of rock or space junk burning up in the … Continue reading ]]> 0 Cosmology – Never Ending Journey Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:33:30 +0000 CosmologyCosmology is the study of the universe, or cosmos, regarded as a whole. Attempting to cover the study of the entire universe in a single volume may seem like a megalomaniac’s dream. The universe, after all, it is combination with … Continue reading ]]> 0 How Does Space Fever Affect an Astronaut’s Health? Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:43:13 +0000 Astronaut ISSWe’ve been sending men and women into space since the late 1960s, and we’ve spent the better part of the last 60 years studying the effect that space travel has on the human body. Recently, we’ve discovered a new and … Continue reading ]]> 0 Does Space Tourism Have Health Risks? Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:53:04 +0000 International Space Station CupolaUntil recently, the idea of traveling to space was restricted to highly trained, healthy and strong individuals called astronauts. If you had any health problems, even something simple like flat feet or glasses could keep you out of the space … Continue reading ]]> 0 The ESA’s New Satellite Is Nearly Ready for Launch Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:45:06 +0000 Earth Space ViewAfter years of development and testing, the Aeolus satellite is almost ready for deployment. The spacecraft is being developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is expected to launch in January 2018, less than two months from now. One … Continue reading ]]> 0 How to Mine a £60 Trillion Asteroid Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:14:37 +0000 How To Mine A 60 Trillion AsteroidMining of Gold, Coal, metals is alright but mining an asteroid? Sounds unfathomable, right. Forget about doing it, not many people would have heard of it. But you may be amazed to discover that scientists are endeavoring to achieve this … Continue reading ]]> 1 Intermediate Black Hole Could Explain Black Hole Evolution Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:59:41 +0000 Black Hole. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech.Black holes are one of the most terrifying things in the universe. It shows the real power of gravity, which is usually a relatively weak force when it grows large enough. Eventually, it becomes sufficient to control entire galaxies. But … Continue reading ]]> 0 To The Stars And Beyond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:16:21 +0000 AstronautI remember looking at the stars every night as a child with my father who was fascinated by Astronomy. His love of the stars rolled off into a passion of mine and as an adult there will always be moments … Continue reading ]]> 0 Delayed Launch: Heinrich Hertz Satellite to Launch in 2021 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:52:45 +0000 Satellite SpaceThe German Aerospace Center (DLR) officially signed a contract with OHB Systems to develop and launch the Heinrich Hertz Satellite on June 28. It’s currently expected to be completed and ready for takeoff in 2021, after costing Germans approximately €310.5 … Continue reading ]]> 0 Why Your Kids Will Live on Mars Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:59:29 +0000 Terraforming Mars Image By Daein Ballard. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.Mars has a daytime temperature of 73 ºF, but a nighttime temperature of -100 ºF. Nearly 95% of the martian atmosphere is carbon dioxide, and the planet is constantly exposed to intense radiation. So why are humans so eager to … Continue reading ]]> 0 Stargazers App Is About to Revolutionize the Universe of Astronomy Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:03:22 +0000 Stargazers AppStargazers app is the first mobile app which allows everyone to control Stargazers.Space telescopes from its own tablet, then take and share live pictures of space in just a few touches on a screen. “Imagine being able to contemplate the … Continue reading ]]> 0 Light Pollution Solutions Tue, 30 May 2017 21:56:53 +0000 Shooting Star During Nighttime With Purple SkyWhen Apollo 17 launched in 1972, one of the commentators memorably announced: “it’s lighting up the sky!” A beautiful turn of phrase, but also something that many astronomers might have heard and muttered in response: “well… what isn’t?” Light pollution … Continue reading ]]> 0 Solar Eclipse 2017 – Important Facts That Everyone Should Know Fri, 26 May 2017 19:37:44 +0000 Solar EclipseThe twenty-first of August is fast approaching and the excitement around the total solar eclipse is building rapidly both in scientific communities and the lay public. Touted as perhaps the biggest scientific event of the decade; millions of people in … Continue reading ]]> 0 How Will the Internet of Things Change Space Exploration? Wed, 17 May 2017 20:04:17 +0000 Satellite Space EarthThe Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change our world immensely. It will present new opportunities, as well as new challenges. IoT refers to the idea of connecting virtually any electronic device to the Internet and connecting them … Continue reading ]]> 0 NASA Will Soon Decide If Changing Juno’s Course Is Best Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:35:16 +0000 Jupiter JunoJupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods, and with its massive size, it definitely holds the title of king of the Solar System. NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around the gas giant in July of 2016. Due … Continue reading ]]> 0 Space Technology Will Protect the Vatican’s Treasures Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:06:07 +0000 VaticanNew space technology isn’t just for traveling into the cosmos — these innovations have applications on earth, as well. Here’s a sampling: Space shuttle astronauts use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to grow plants. A medical device that relieves muscle and joint … Continue reading ]]> 0 How Beginners Can Safely Observe Solar Prominences, Filaments & Flares Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:19:07 +0000 Sun With Solar FlaresTwo things set the Sun apart from all other stars in the Universe: it does not belong to any constellation, and it is close enough to Earth to be observed and studied in exquisite detail with nothing more than modest … Continue reading ]]> 0 Inside the Monster Rocket to Mars: How Did NASA Build and Fund the SLS? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:59:35 +0000 Mars Planet AtmosphereWant to go to Mars? You’ll have to fly there on a monster. Fortunately, this monster is being designed to carry and care for humans, not eat them! A Space Launch System, or SLS, is actually not a new idea, … Continue reading ]]> 338 Top Mistakes Beginning Astronomers Make Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:56:56 +0000 Star Party. Photo by the U.S. National Park Service.Amateur astronomy is not for everybody, just like golf or football is not for everybody, but if you are sure that you want to take up the hobby of gazing at the Universe (or at least some of it) in … Continue reading ]]> 8 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for June 2016 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:22:48 +0000 Saturn By Cassini During Equinox 2008On June 3 Saturn will be at opposition, which means it will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons because it will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. Continue reading ]]> 42 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for May 2016 Sun, 01 May 2016 20:06:40 +0000 Eta Aquarids meteor showerEarly this month on the night of May 5 and 6 the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak. It is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, however most of the activity will be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach only about 30 meteors per hour. Continue reading ]]> 27 NASA Called College Students to Develop an Inflatable Heat Shield Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:28:26 +0000 NASA Heat Shield Technology. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. License: CC BY 2.0.Who is NASA going to hire to create a vital component for an upcoming Mars mission? None other than the bright minds of our future – college and university students. That’s right! NASA’s Game Changing Development Program gave college students … Continue reading ]]> 4 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for April 2016 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:20:55 +0000 Lyrids Meteor Shower Radiant Point. Image by Deborah Byrd from the night of April 22 and 23 the Lyrids meteor shower will peak. It is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak, although some meteors may be seen any time from April 16 to 25. It originates from dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. Continue reading ]]> 29 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for March 2016 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:07:22 +0000 Jupiter Voyager 1. Courtesy of NASA.This month will have a lot of astronomical events starting on March 8, when Jupiter will be at opposition. The gas giant will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This means that it will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. Continue reading ]]> 5 Preparing For Launch: An Update on JWST Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:22:32 +0000 James Webb Space TelescopeMove over, Hubble! NASA's currently in the middle of building Hubble's successor as we speak. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWTS) will help astronomers understand the history of the universe using infrared technology and a mirror coated in 24-karat gold! To discover how these function, read on, and prepare to launch! Continue reading ]]> 5 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for February 2016 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:14:05 +0000 Moon Phases Calendar February 2016On February 7 Mercury will be at greatest western elongation of 25.6 degrees from the Sun. This makes it the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. Continue reading ]]> 18 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for January 2016 Fri, 01 Jan 2016 19:24:42 +0000 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radiant Point. Image by License: CC BY-SA 3.0.On the night of January 3 and 4 the Quadrantids meteor shower will peak. It is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at peak, although some meteors can be visible between January 1 and 5. The meteors originate from dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. Continue reading ]]> 16 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for December 2015 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:30:59 +0000 Geminids Meteor Shower 2013 photo by Asim Patel. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.On the night of December 13 and 14 the Geminids meteor shower will peak. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. This is why it is known as the king of meteor showers. Some meteors can also be seen anytime from December 7 to 17. Continue reading ]]> 39 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for November 2015 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 04:06:02 +0000 Taurus Constellation MapOn the night of November 5 and 6 we will witness the peak of the Taurids meteor shower. It is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour at peak, while some meteors can also be seen from September 7 to December 10. However it is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. Continue reading ]]> 29 Light Pollution – What Is It and Why It’s Bad Sat, 24 Oct 2015 17:11:57 +0000 Dark Sky Magnitude Scale by International Dark Sky AssociationWe often hear about air, water and land pollution, but we rarely hear about light pollution. So, what’s light pollution? All the artificial light that humanity creates comes under light pollution. The artificial might be of any source like burning fuels … Continue reading ]]> 29 Origin of Our Universe – Gravitational Waves and Cosmic Inflation Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:50:30 +0000 Background Cosmic Radiation image courtesy of NASA.Cosmology is confusing, yet extremely interesting! Before we get deeper, we actually got the picture of our universe 380,000 years after the Big Bang. Wondering where did we get this baby picture of our universe? Let’s talk from the start. … Continue reading ]]> 5 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for October 2015 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:29:25 +0000 Draco constellation map. Image credit: IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine.On October 8 we will witness the Draconids meteor shower. It is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour originating from dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. Continue reading ]]> 17 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for September 2015 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:47:26 +0000 Lunar Eclipse October 8, 2014. Photo by Tom Ruen. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.On September 13 there will be a partial solar eclipse. This type of eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun, sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie. For safety reasons, an eclipse should only be observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun's reflection. Continue reading ]]> 32 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for August 2015 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:55:23 +0000 Perseids 2014 meteor photo by Jacek Halicki. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.This month on the night of August 12 and 13 we will witness the Perseids meteor shower, which is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Some meteors can also be seen from July 17 to August 24. It originates from debris produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. Continue reading ]]> 19 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for July 2015 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:03:18 +0000 Pluto New Horizons 13 July 2015On July 14 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Pluto after a nine and a half year journey. It was launched on January 19, 2006 and will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. New Horizons will give us our first close-up views of the dwarf planet and its moons. Continue reading ]]> 15 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for June 2015 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:04:11 +0000 Moon Phases Calendar June 2015On June 6 the planet Venus will be at greatest eastern elongation. Venus will reach greatest eastern elongation of 45.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus because it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset. Continue reading ]]> 6 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for May 2015 Sat, 02 May 2015 01:49:00 +0000 Aquarius constellation mapEarly this month, on the night of May 5th and 6th we will witness the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. It is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. However most of the meteors can be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. For the rest of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. Continue reading ]]> 3 Go Away, Gravity! – The Ventures of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:06:55 +0000 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch photo by U.S. Air Force.Elon Musk has a net worth of $11.9 billion while Richard Branson has a net worth of $4.8 billion. If they stacked their respective fortunes in $1 bills atop each other, the tower would reach six million miles, almost 25 times the distance between the earth and the moon. And that is, in a metaphorical way, exactly what the two plan to do. Continue reading ]]> 4 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for October 2014 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:34:23 +0000 Lunar eclipse April 15 2014On October 8 we will witness a total lunar eclipse. Such an eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, eastern Asia, and Australia. Continue reading ]]> 2 Space Internet [Infographic] Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:03:47 +0000 Space InternetThe idea of global internet via satellite is nothing new. Pioneers that failed to capture the global frontier: In the late 90’s several companies began projects to provide worldwide voice and data communications from mobile devices. Iridium: Service launched: November … Continue reading ]]> 4 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for September 2014 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:58:58 +0000 Moon Phases Calendar September 2014This month will be rather uneventful when it comes to astronomical events except for the September equinox on the 23rd at 02:29 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. Continue reading ]]> 2