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A long-lost rogue planet could explain unexpectedly distant asteroids

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 07:01
A rogue planet twice the size of Earth may have pushed asteroids into the outer reaches of the early solar system before it was ejected. This could solve the mystery of how some of the most distant objects in the Kuiper belt got there, which cannot be ...

October: Make Way for Jupiter

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 07:00
October is a great time of year to do some casual stargazing. The stars and planets are waiting for you — all you need is this month's Sky Tour astronomy podcast. Just download or stream the audio file and take it with you outside.

Out of this world! Hawaii students get a chance to track NASA's asteroid crash

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 05:50
KAHULUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui astronomer is involving two bright high school students to figure out how an asteroid's trajectory was affected by a NASA spacecraft. The University of Hawaii says the spacecraft that NASA intentionally crashed into an ...

Saturday is International Observe the Moon Night

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 04:04
This annual astronomical celebration takes place near the first quarter moon in September or October. That is the moon phase that looks best in a telescope and is visible after sunset. Most people have never looked through a ...

Watch: Unknown debris dislodges from Ingenuity Mars helicopter's foot during 33rd flight

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 03:50
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- NASA said Friday that it is looking into debris that was seen on the foot of the Ingenuity helicopter's foot during its 33rd space flight on Mars. "We're looking into a bit of debris that ended up on Ingenuity's foot during its latest ...

Rare diamond destined for a jewelry store has precious geological value

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 01:54
To validate her find, Gu contacted Fabrizio Nestola, a professor with the Department of Geosciences at the University of Padua (Italy). The IaB-type diamond is very rare because it shows a mineral accumulation of ringwoodite with ferropericlase and ...

A kung-fu kick led researchers to the world's oldest complete fish fossils. Here's what they found

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 01:45
The fossil discoveries all come from new fossil sites in the Guizhou and Chongqing Provinces in China. The Chongqing site was found in 2019, when three young Chinese paleontologists were play fighting, and one was kung-fu kicked into the outcrop. Rocks ...

Site of rare meteorite impact discovered in Inver Grove Heights

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 00:10
"We're geology nerds and this gets us really excited," said Tony Runkel. lead geologist at the Minnesota Geological Survey, who said the site "for sure" is one of the most intriguing finds in his 33 years with the survey.

Menlo Park is home to the world's largest digital camera

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 00:06
When it takes up residency at the Vera Rubin Observatory in the high desert of Cerro Pachon, Chile, its job will be to capture the southern night sky, snapping an image every 15 seconds. The camera will capture 3,200 megapixels per shot and collect 15 ...

Navigation Camera Imagery of Ingenuity's Flight 33

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 22:35
A small piece of foreign object debris (FOD) is seen in footage from the navigation camera of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its 33rd flight on Mars on Sept 24, 2022. The FOD is seen attached to one of the rotorcraft's landing legs, then drifting ...

Emory and Henry graduate helps make history with NASA

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 22:30
BRISTOL, Va. (WCYB) — Artemis 1 is the first in a series to build a long-term human presence at the moon for decades to come, according to NASA. Matthew Boyda, an Emory and Henry graduate, is currently working at NASA on the SciFli team.

What's Up - October 2022

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 21:24
What are some skywatching highlights in October 2022? Enjoy giant planets Jupiter and Saturn all night throughout the month. Then watch as Mars begins its retrograde motion, moving westward each night instead of eastward, for the next few months.

NASA Hubble Spots Protective Shield Defending Two Small Galaxies

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 21:20
This ground-based image of the Large Magellanic Cloud was taken by the German astrophotographer Eckhard Slawik. Eckhard Slawik/ESA/Hubble. Just a space train ...

New evidence for liquid water on Mars suggests the planet is geothermally active

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 21:00
But not all scientists were convinced at that time. Mars is extremely cold, and for subglacial water to exist on the planet in the liquid form, there would have to be a source of heat, such as geothermal energy.

NASA DART test hit its asteroid target — but that's just the beginning

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 20:14
On Monday, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft struck Dimorphos, a small asteroid circling a larger one, Didymos, 7 million miles away. “We've been working on this for years, and to see it really come to fruition and to have it be ...

SpaceX, NASA studying commercial crew mission to Hubble Space Telescope

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 20:06
The Hubble Space Telescope in the payload bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the last servicing mission in May 2009. Credit: NASA. NASA and SpaceX will study the potential use of a commercial Dragon crew spacecraft to reboost and service the Hubble ...

International Observe the Moon Night 2022: Don't miss these livestreams and events on Saturday (Oct. 1)

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 19:02
Celebrate our lunar neighbor this Saturday (Oct. 1) with International Observe the Moon Night 2022! The worldwide event takes place every year and provides "opportunities to learn about lunar science and exploration, observe celestial bodies and honor ...

West Antarctic's Thwaites Glacier under threat from warming sea temperatures

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 18:42
RENO, Nev. – The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is eroding back from the ocean and flowing faster with each year, threatening to retreat and collapse within decades to a few centuries. If it does, it will potentially draw much of the West Antarctic ...

A Computer Algorithm is 88% Accurate in Finding Gravitational Lenses

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 18:35
Astronomers have been assessing a new machine learning algorithm to determine how reliable it is for finding gravitational lenses hidden in images from all sky surveys. This type of AI was used to find about 5,000 potential gravitational lenses, ...

NASA, USGS Map Minerals to Understand Earth Makeup, Climate Change

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 18:17
These new observations can be used to identify the presence of a wide variety of minerals as well as mineral weathering or alteration. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will map portions of the southwest United States for critical minerals ...