astronomy

asteroidVolcanoes Eruptions Had Small Effects Before an Asteroid Killed Dinosaurs

Yale researchers have determined that the asteroid was the main cause of the death of dinosaurs. Massive volcanic eruptions in India in the region known as the Deccan Traps happened well before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago …

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Universe Today – Hubble Captured a Photo of This Huge Spiral Galaxy, 2.5 Times Bigger than the Milky Way With 10 Times the Stars. Universe Today -This is the Core of the Milky Way, Seen in Infrared, Revealing Features Normally …

astronomyFinding Over 100 Million Exoplanets By 2050

The cumulative number of exoplanets that have been discovered has been following power law scaling for the past 25 years and if this continued to 2050 then we would find about 100 million exoplanets. 20,000 exoplanets should be found from …

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1. Universe Today – TESS Has Now Captured Almost the Entire Southern Sky. Here’s a Mosaic Made of 15,347 Photographs A panoramic view of the southern sky is based on 208 TESS images, which were taken during the mission’s first …

astronomyCarnival of Space 637 – Smallest Confirmed Dwarf Planet Might Mean Over 100 in Our Solar System

The Carnival of Space 637 is up at Universe Today. Universe Today – Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet, the Smallest in the Solar System. Within the Main Asteroid Belt, there are a …

astronomyGiant Moon Based Telescopes Will Detect Alien Life and Measure Mountains in Other Solar Systems

Fraser Cain at Universe Today reviews the giant space telescopes that will become possible. Space capabilities from SpaceX Super Heavy Starship and being able to build in space will enable 1000 to 1 million times larger projects on the moon …

astronomyPath to Detecting All Blackholes in the Universe All the Time

Gravity Wave detections are rapidly increasing. The first gravity wave was detected in 2015. The science needed to accomplish this is described in the Veratasium videos below. They needed to create single wavelength lasers and use one-megawatt of power to …

astronomyOver 50 Candidate Black Hole and Neutron Star Collision Gravity Wave Detections

The gravity wave detections were in 2015 when Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) researchers detected the impact of two black holes. On October 1st, LIGO’s Hanford (LHO) and Livingston (LLO) detectors will temporarily halt observations to undergo a series of …

astronomyPlanet 9 Might Be a Black Hole

The weird orbits of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) and an excess amount of microlensing events in the 5-year OGLE dataset can be simultaneously explained by a new population of astrophysical bodies with mass several times that of Earth. Researchers propose that …

asteroidsCarnival of Space 631

The Carnival of Space 631 is up at Urban Astronomer. Universe Today – Hayabusa 2 has one Last Lander it’s Going to Throw at Ryugu. JAXA (Japan Space Agency) posted time-lapse photos of target markers falling towards the surface of …