Category: Space

Watch the Incredible Full Video of Ingenuity’s First Flight on Mars

ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Behold: the complete video of the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.  NASA released this extraordinary footage of its Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, ascending 10 feet into the air on Monday. The video is just short of a minute, and was shot by the […]

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Cielo review – love letter to the desert’s starry skies

Cielo means “sky” in Spanish, and “heaven”, too. And it’s with a sense of humbled wonder at the immense mystery of it all that the Canadian film-maker Alison McAlpine casts her camera upwards in this beautiful documentary about the night sky. It’s filmed at the stargazing hotspot of Chile’s Atacama desert, where there is virtually […]

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Is the ‘new muon’ really a great scientific discovery? For now, I’m cautious | Carlo Rovelli

There is something curious about the great experiments and discoveries in fundamental physics from the past few decades. They have covered black holes, gravitational waves, the Higgs particle and quantum entanglement. They have led to Nobel prizes, reached the front pages of newspapers and made the scientific community proud. But they haven’t told us anything […]

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This is why China and Russia want to build a base on the Moon

The Russian space agency Roscosmos and China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) recently agreed to establish lunar outposts on, and in orbit around, the Moon. This announcement comes as Russia prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of Yuri’s Night — the beginning of human spaceflight. Roscosmos originated in 1991 from the dissolved soviet space program. The […]

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Revive the US space program? How about not

It’s been a half century since Gil Scott-Heron recorded the spoken-word poem Whitey on the Moon for his 1970 debut album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox: “I can’t pay no doctor bill/ (but Whitey’s on the moon)/ Ten years from now I’ll be paying still/ (while Whitey’s on the moon).” The year before, the […]

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Mysterious Radio Blasts From Space Just Got a Whole Lot Weirder, Somehow

Crab Nebula. Image: NASA/ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)  ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. In the year 1054, skywatchers in China and Japan witnessed light from an exploding star reach Earth, creating a dazzling bright spot in the sky. More than a millennium later, scientists have […]

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The Guardian view on dark skies: we need them

Severe light pollution in Britain appears to have fallen, according to the CPRE, the countryside charity. Across a week in February, the charity asked volunteers to look up and count the stars they could see. The results suggest that 51% of participants were experiencing severe light pollution, compared to 61% the previous year – an […]

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Scientists Discover Huge and Mysterious Jellyfish-Shaped Structure In Space

ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. The name “USS Jellyfish” may evoke visions of a Starfleet vessel designed to accommodate gelatinous marine aliens. But it is actually the name of a very real, newly discovered structure in outer space that is like nothing that has ever been observed before.  The […]

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Starwatch: look out for Leo the Lion

At this time of year in the northern hemisphere, the constellation of Leo, the Lion, is beautifully placed for observation in the evenings. The chart shows the view tonight, looking south at midnight from London. It presents the perfect opportunity to track down a faint star cluster that can be seen with the naked eye. […]

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Show us your best stargazing photos

Have you taken a recent photograph of the cosmos that you’re particularly proud of? Whether you are a seasoned astronomer or new to stargazing, we would like to hear from you. How to get in touch You can send in your photos by filling in the form below. Your responses are secure as the form […]

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Light pollution from satellites ‘poses threat’ to astronomy

Artificial satellites and space junk orbiting the Earth can increase the brightness of the night sky, researchers have found, with experts warning such light pollution could hinder astronomers’ ability to make observations of our universe. There are more than 9,200 tonnes of space objects in orbit around the Earth, ranging from defunct satellites to tiny […]

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What is the Hubble Constant?

Until just a century ago, our galaxy was thought to be the lone family of stars occupying the Cosmos. Philosophers, notably Immanuel Kant in the 18th Century, postulated the existence of other families of stars beyond our own. Unfortunately, their postulations — although correct — were not based in empirical data, and so could not be proven. This began […]

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