According to a new NASA study, powerful solar storms could have been instrumental in warming ancient Earth, and preparing the planet for the development of complex life. Known as "superflares," the space weather events were thought to be roughly 10 times more powerful than any solar storm that has struck Earth since the advent of modern civilization.
A newly-released image taken by the now decommissioned Herschel Space Observatory displays the complex and chaotic structure of the Vulpecula OB1 star formation region. The tumultuous scene, revealed thanks to the infrared capabilities of the Herschel telescope, was captured as part of the Hi-GAL project, which was responsible for imaging the entirety of the galactic plane in five distinct infrared wavelengths.
Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center, Virginia, are putting a team of advanced crash-test dummies through astronaut hell. It's all part of testing for the potential injuries that could be inflicted on future crews splashing down in the Orion spacecraft.Read More
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of the full disk of Mars prior to the Red Planet's closest approach to Earth in 11 years. Mars has been the focal point of numerous unmanned missions, and, if NASA gets its way, will be the first planet beyond Earth to be visited by mankind.Read More
According to a study carried out by researchers from Cornell University, aged red giant stars could harbor exoplanets suited to the evolution of extraterrestrial life. The team used advanced stellar evolution models to estimate the boundaries of the habitable zones (HZ) of post main sequence (MS) ancient red giant stars, taking into account a wide range of stellar ages and properties.Read More
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope located at the Paranal Observatory, Chile has captured a stunning vista of an emission nebula known as LHA 120-N55, or N55 for short. The nebula is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way orbiting roughly 200,000 light years away.Read More
Having spent over 17 years in low-Earth orbit (LEO) the International Space Station (ISS) has completed its 100,000th lap of planet Earth. At this point the station, which has been permanently manned since the year 2000, has traveled over 2,643,342,240 miles (4,254,046,974 km) through the near perfect vacuum of space – the equivalent of 10 round trips to Mars.
A cutting edge light retardant coating designed to reduce the interference to the delicate optical equipment mounted on space probes is being put through its paces aboard the Kent Ridge 1 satellite, which launched into low-Earth orbit (LEO) in Dec. 2015. Known as Vantablack S-VIS, it is hoped that the high performance and versatility of the material will allow for the design of lighter, more compact satellite hardware.Read More
A team of astronomers has discovered a faint blue dwarf galaxy nicknamed Leoncino or the "little lion," that could be used as a tool to test the Big Bang Theory. The little lion is the most metal-poor galaxy ever discovered, meaning that it could act as a time capsule, allowing scientists to glimpse the conditions prevailing soon after the creation of our universe.
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