Space

Astronomers have finally figured out what the clouds of Uranus consist of – and as it turns out, they smell terrible. For the first time, there’s been a clear detection of hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives rotten eggs – and flatulence – their distinctive aroma.   In spite of decades of observations, the composition…
April 23, 2018
Astronomers have just finished using an X-ray telescope to peer into galactic haloes, only to find Universe’s missing matter isn’t hiding there, either. But it’s gotta be out there somewhere…   The Universe is made up of loads of matter. There’s normal, or baryonic, matter – that’s the stuff we can detect. Space dust and…
April 20, 2018
NASA’s newest satellite is scheduled to launch on the evening of Wednesday 18 April, 22:51 UTC. Known as TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will play a crucial role in humanity’s search for planets outside our own Solar System. And it’ll be blasted into orbit by SpaceX’s famous, reusable Falcon 9 rocket.   Shortly after the launch, SpaceX…
April 19, 2018
There’s something sorely lacking in the scientific fields of astronomy and astrophysics. As it turns out, we’re still lacking logical consistency in how we measure what goes on in space.   Writing for the journal Astronomy & Geophysics, retired physics professor Keith Atkin of the University of Sheffield says that our current global “system” – if…
April 18, 2018
NASA’s latest planet hunting satellite TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) was scheduled to be launched into space by SpaceX this evening at 22:32 UTC, Monday 16 April.   But the team has just announced that the launch has been scrubbed. They’re now working towards a launch window the evening of Wednesday, 18 April. “Standing down…
April 17, 2018
NASA’s newest satellite is on scheduled to launch on the evening of Monday 16 April, 22:32 UTC. Known as TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will play a crucial role in humanity’s search for planets outside our own Solar System. And it’ll be blasted into orbit by SpaceX’s famous, reusable Falcon 9 rocket.   Shortly after the…
April 16, 2018
Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, is raising about US$500 million in new funding. The cash investment would be a boon to SpaceX, which is chasing three incredibly ambitious projects in the coming decade, including a global satellite-internet network, a spaceship to explore and colonize Mars, and the world’s fastest transportation system.   SpaceX confirmed that…
April 16, 2018