New Horizons

Animated Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains

(NASA) – This simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) and Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) was created from New Horizons closest-approach images. Norgay Montes have been informally named for…

NASA’s New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s ‘Heart’

(NASA) – In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100…

New sunspot 5/26/15

New Active Large Sunspot Coming Into View

We could see a continuation of the recent rather heavy solar weather as a new, not yet named sunspot comes into view. There is no current adverse space weather but…

Falcon 8 Rocket explosion July 28, 2015

Spectacular SpaceX Falcon Rocket Failure

This failure was unusual in a few ways I will go into that in a bit but I want to be clear that failure of rockets is just part of the…

Nasty Star

Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed ‘Nasty’

(NASA, ESA) -Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way…

Artists Rendition of Exoplanet

You could help name a PLANET! Your vote counts!

The first ever contest allowing members of the public to name a planet has begun. The IAU is organizing a worldwide contest to give popular names to selected exoplanets along…

MESSENGER

MESSENGER spacecraft to impact Mercury this month

(NASA) – NASA will hold a media and public event at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 16, to share scientific findings and technical accomplishments of the agency’s MErcury Surface,…

Milky Way

Milky Way as it looked 10 Billion Years ago

(NASA) – In one of the most comprehensive multi-observatory galaxy surveys yet, astronomers find that galaxies like our Milky Way underwent a stellar “baby boom,” churning out stars at a…