Category: Space

NASA Wants to Build a ‘Starshade’ to Hunt Alien Planets. Here’s How It Would Work

Starshade exoplanet-hunting missions may be technologically daunting, but they’re not beyond NASA’s reach, recent research suggests. Such a mission would employ a space telescope and a separate craft flying about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) ahead of it. This latter probe would be equipped with a large, flat, petaled shade designed to block starlight, potentially allowing […]

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NASA Spacecraft Spots ‘Star Trek’ Logo on Mars

It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door: A dune in the shape of the famous logo from “Star Trek” appears prominently in a new picture from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Even Captain Kirk himself (actor William Shatner) has weighed in. Don’t expect to find Spock, Jean-Luc Picard or Michael […]

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This Tiny Galaxy Has a Pretty Big Black Hole

A tiny dwarf galaxy may be hosting a supermassive black hole, an unusual occurrence that could provide clues as to how galaxies were formed in the first place. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope observed the galaxy, located around 30 million light-years away from Earth, and found indications of a supermassive black hole at its […]

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Space Gifts 2019: Best Father’s Day Gifts in the Universe

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s still time to get your dad something out of this world!  Here are Space.com’s picks for the best last-minute Father’s Day gifts. From Apollo anniversary swag to “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” gear, there’s something for every space-loving dad.  Apollo 11 Necktie (Image: © Museum Artifacts) […]

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‘God Plays Dice with the Universe,’ Einstein Writes in Letter About His Qualms with Quantum Theory

Three letters written by Albert Einstein in 1945 are up for auction and offer an intriguing glimpse into the renowned physicist’s criticisms of how scientists were interpreting physics at the quantum level. The letters, which were addressed to Caltech theoretical physicist Paul Epstein, describe Einstein’s qualms about quantum theory, which he called “incomplete” in one letter. […]

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