Category Archives: Astronomy

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Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2020

The 2020’s first major meteor shower is the Quadrantid shower. The best time to watch is late night January 3 until dawn January 4. Northerly latitudes are better. There will…

Hubble image

Astronomers Find Possible Star Behind Supernova Explosion

(Source NASA) – Astronomers may have finally uncovered the long-sought progenitor to a specific type of exploding star by sifting through NASA Hubble Space Telescope archival data. The supernova, called…

Solar Sail

Space travel visionaries solve Sailing to Nearest Star

Space travel visionaries solve the problem of interstellar slowdown at our stellar neighbor (Source PHL @ UPR Arecibo.) – In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot…

This view of a massive cluster of galaxies unveils a very cluttered-looking universe filled with galaxies near and far

Hubble and Star Trek to the Final Frontier

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the TV series “Star Trek” has captured the public’s imagination with the signature phrase, “To boldly go where no one has gone before.” NASA’s…

James Webb Space Telescope Mirror in the clean room

JWST Mirror fully assembled in the clean room

If you live in the DC-Baltimore area do yourself a favor and go see the fully assembled mirror there. I went to see it a few weeks ago and it…

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Hubble Sees a Star ‘Inflating’ a Giant Bubble

(Source NASA) – For the 26th birthday of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers are highlighting a Hubble image of an enormous bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive…

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Kepler enters emergency mode

The Kepler spacecraft, which has been responsible for finding the majority of Exoplanets thus far, has entered emergency mode for unknown reasons. During a scheduled contact on Thursday, April 7, mission…

Geminid meteor shower peak Dec 13, NASA hosting tweet chat

Weather permitting, the Geminid meteor shower is anticipated to bring up to 100 meteors per hour, with many visible to the naked eye. This annual event occurs due to small…