Strange Double Star System Turned its Planetary Disk on its Side

Strange Double Star System Turned its Planetary Disk on its Side

Astronomers theorize that when our Sun was still young, it was surrounded by a disc of dust and gas from which the planets eventually formed. It is further theorized that the majority of stars in our Universe are initially surrounded in this way by a “protoplanetary disk“, and that in roughly 30% of cases, these…
Messier 76– the NGC 650/651 Planetary Nebula

Messier 76– the NGC 650/651 Planetary Nebula

Welcome back to Messier Monday! Today, we continue in our tribute to our dear friend, Tammy Plotner, by looking at the “little dumbbell” itself, the planetary nebula known as Messier 76! During the 18th century, famed French astronomer Charles Messier noticed the presence of several “nebulous objects”  while surveying the night sky. Originally mistaking these…
Astronomers See the Specific Minute a Supernova Developed Into a Great Void (or Neutron Star)

Astronomers See the Specific Minute a Supernova Developed Into a Great...

On June 17th 2018, the ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) survey’s twin telescopes spotted something extraordinarily bright in the sky. The source was 200 million light years away in the constellation Hercules. The object was given the name AT2018cow or “The Cow.” The Cow flared up quickly, and then just as quickly it was…
Neutrino Telescopes Look Deep in the Earth and Deep into Area

Neutrino Telescopes Look Deep in the Earth and Deep into Area

IceCube generation 2 is a project to build a ten cubic kilometer neutrino telescope at the South Pole. A one cubic kilometer detector, called IceCube was completed in 2010. Neutrino telescopes are another kind of telescope to go alongside telescopes for visible light, x-rays, infrared, ultraviolet, microwave, radio, gamma ray and gravity waves. They can…
Giant Streak Structure Found in Venus’ Cloudtops

Giant Streak Structure Found in Venus’ Cloudtops

A team of researchers in Japan has discovered a gigantic streak structure in the cloud tops of Venus. The discovery is based on observations of Venus by the Japanese spacecraft Akatsuki. The findings were published in January 9th in the journal Nature Communications. Venus is unlike any other planet in the Solar System. The entire…
Uh oh, Hubble’s Wide Field Video camera 3 is Down

Uh oh, Hubble’s Wide Field Video camera 3 is Down

On January 8th, an important piece of equipment on the Hubble Space Telescope went down. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) suspended its operations because of a hardware. The Hubble team is investigating the anomaly, and during this time the space telescope’s other instruments are working normally and continuing their science operations. The WFC3 was…
Canadian Telescope Discovers 13 More Quick Radio Bursts Consisting Of the Second One Ever Seen Duplicating

Canadian Telescope Discovers 13 More Quick Radio Bursts Consisting Of the...

Canadian scientists using the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) have detected 13 FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts), including the second-ever repeating one. And they think they’ll find even more. CHIME is an innovative radio telescope in the Okanagan Valley region in British Columbia, Canada. It was completed in 2017, and its mission is to act…
Our Total Guide to the January 21 st Overall Lunar Eclipse

Our Total Guide to the January 21 st Overall Lunar Eclipse

By now, you’ve heard the news. One of the top astronomy events for 2019 is coming right up on the night of January 20th into the morning of the 21st with a total eclipse of the Moon. There’s lots of hype circulating around this one, as it assumes the meme of the “SuperBloodWolf Moon eclipse”…
Problem. Worlds Orbiting Red Overshadows May not have the Raw Products for Life

Problem. Worlds Orbiting Red Overshadows May not have the Raw Products...

New research from the Hubble Space Telescope and the ESO’s Very Large Telescope is dampening some of the enthusiasm in the search for life. Observations by both ‘scopes suggest that the raw materials necessary for life may be rare in solar systems centered around red dwarfs. And if the raw materials aren’t there, it may…
It Appears Like Dark Matter Can be Heated Up and Moved

It Appears Like Dark Matter Can be Heated Up and Moved

Look at a galaxy, what do you see? Probably lots of stars. Nebulae too. And that’s probably it. A whole bunch of stars and gas in a variety of colorful assortments; a delight to the eye. And buried among those stars, if you looked carefully enough, you might find planets, black holes, white dwarves, asteroids,…
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