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astronomyInterstellar asteroid is unusual 400+ meter long cigar shape and probably highly metallic

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling …

astronomySecond closest Earth like exoplanet found 11 light years away at Ross128

A planet just 3.4 parsecs away either having liquid water or just shy of having some makes an extremely appealing characterization target. Stellar activity is probably the highest concern regarding the emergence of life, and even the survival of an …

astronomySpace Telescopes at 550 AU can image exoplanet surfaces down to 1 kilometer resolution

Space Telescopes placed at the gravitational lens points of 550 AU can image exoplanet surfaces down to 1 kilometer resolution. This would be like 13000 X 13000 pixel images of the earth. 169 megapixels images. Mason Peck talks about the …

astronomyCarnival of Space 534

The Carnival of Space 534 is up at Urban Astronomer. Universe Today – Check Out NASA’s New Instrument that will Look for Life on Enceladus NASA hopes to send another mission to Jupiter to further explore the plumes and the …

astronomyProxima has dust belt, likely outer comet belt and possibly other exoplanets

Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our Sun, is known to host at least one terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit. Here the European Space Agency reports the ALMA detection of the star at 1.3 mm wavelength and the …

colonizationFirst Moon colonists could be molemen living giant 50km cave

A Japanese space probe data confirmed that an enormous cavern stretching for about 50 kilometers exists beneath the moon’s surface, offering a possible protected site for future lunar bases, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Oct. 18. The cavern, found …

astronomyNASA 2022 hall effect thruster mission to asteroid Psyche

The asteroid Psyche is different than millions of other asteroids because it appears to have an exposed nickel-iron surface. Researchers at Arizona State University, in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), believe the asteroid could actually be the leftover …

astronomyCarnival of Space 527

Carnival of Space 527 is up at The Evolving Planet. Universe Today – Cassini Conducts a Final Flyby of Titan Before Crashing into Saturn The NASA Cassini spacecraft made hundreds of passes over Titan during its 13-year mission. These included …

astronomyOnline Coursera class on solar eclipse and other eclipse info

A total eclipse is one of the most spectacular sights you can ever see! It looks like the end of the world may be at hand. There is a black hole in the sky where the sun should be. Pink …

astronomyCarnival of Space 521

Carnival of Space 521 is up at Universe Today Universe Today – Hubble Eyes Stratosphere Around a Very Hot, Watery Jupiter! Artist’s concept of the hot Jupiter WASP-121b, which presents the best evidence yet of a stratosphere on an exoplanet …