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Outer Planet Visible With Naked Eye This Weekend

Uranus in Pisces. Image credit National Geographic

If the weather is clear in your area on the night of October 19th, you may be able to spot Uranus with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars. Uranus will be in the constellation Pisces in the southeastern sky. Uranus will be the “wandering star” with a blue tint due to the high concentrations of methane in the …

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Richard Branson Claims Different Space Goals Than Elon Musk

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While Elon Musk aims for Mars, Richard Branson told CNBC that both he and Blue Origins’ Jeff Bezos have more down-to-Earth goals for their respective space companies. As an entrepreneur who understands the potential of space technology to improve life on Earth, Branson is one of the backers of OneWeb, which aims to launch a large constellation of satellites capable …

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Elon Musk Presents Updated Plan for Mars and Moon

Elon Musk on this concept art for his Mars base: "Opposite of Earth. Dawn and dusk sky are blue on Mars and day sky is red." Image credit SpaceX.

How far is a man willing to go to colonize the inner solar system? If one goes by the example of Elon Musk, some men are willing to go pretty darned far. He’s pumped a fortune into SpaceX with the end game of colonizing Mars and now says he’s willing to work on a permanent lunar base that he calls …

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Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Approval; Legal Battle Ongoing

An artist's concept of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Image credit TMT.org

A planned thirty-meter telescope has been approved by Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). This is the latest chapter in the battle between the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), which plans to build the telescope on the Mauna Kea volcano, and organizations representing native Hawaiians who claim that the site is sacred. Environmentalists have also weighed in with concerns about …

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Russia and U.S. Partnering Up For Lunar Station – Or Are They?

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Since at least Spring 2017, NASA has been bouncing around some vague plans for a space station in cislunar orbit known as the Deep Space Gateway, which could consist of four modules launched by the SLS between 2021 and 2026. It could theoretically be used as a refueling and service station for missions on their way to other destinations in …

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Rapper B.o.B. Raising Funds To “Prove” Flat Earth Theory

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Because you can’t make this stuff up, folks. Rapper B.o.B. has jumped on the Flat Earth bandwagon and is raising funds to “prove” that Earth is a disk by launching a satellite to take images of Earth from orbit – if at all possible, he says. “I’m looking for the curve,” he said. According to Flat Earth theory, Earth is …

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Interview with Dr. Elyar Sedaghati on Titanium Oxide in Wasp-19b’s Atmosphere

An artist's impression showing the exoplanet WASP-19b, in which atmosphere astronomers detected titanium oxide for the first time. In large enough quantities, titanium oxide can prevent heat from entering or escaping an atmosphere, leading to a thermal inversion — the temperature is higher in the upper atmosphere and lower further down, the opposite of the normal situation. Image credit Wasp-planets.net

A scientific research team recently announced the discovery of titanium oxide in Wasp-19b’s atmosphere. Wasp-19b is a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet that orbits a star about 815 light years from Earth. For this interview, I caught up with research team member Dr. Elyar Sedaghati, who works with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope installment in Chile. HH: Today we’re here …

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Cassini Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Cassini-Huygens was the result of a joint endeavor between NASA and the European Space Agency. It ends its mission with a dramatic plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15th. Image credit ESA.

Cassini is set to take its final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15th, returning as much data as possible before it’s vaporized by the heat and pressure. Scientists attached to the project are confident that they will get enough data back during Cassini’s last moments to provide years’ worth of discoveries. During Cassini’s entry into Saturn’s atmosphere, the final …

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Flight Director Gene Kranz Confirmed Safe in Aftermath of Harvey

Gene Kranz chats with first responders at the Dickinson Police Station. Image credit KHOU

Houston is home to many current and retired employees of NASA, especially ones who work at the Johnson Space Center and its famous Mission Control Center. These employees and alumni were right on the front line of Hurricane Harvey, which had many of NASA’s personnel concerned about possible flood damage to facilities and hardware like the James Webb Space Telescope. …

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Flood Waters From Hurricane Harvey Surround Johnson Space Center

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Hurricane Harvey has been hammering Houston and Corpus Christi hard, dumping over 49 inches of rain on Texas coastal cities. Although Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm and moved more toward Alabama, much of Houston is flooded. The Johnson Space Center is relatively high and dry at 13 feet above sea level at its lowest point, but essential …

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The Great American Solar Eclipse Was A Hit

A graphic demonstrating how solar eclipses work. Image credit Tennessee State Parks

Did you watch the total solar eclipse? If so, you were one of millions of people who traveled for the eclipse or were lucky enough to live in the path of totality. Many of these people saw a total solar eclipse for the first time ever because they were too young to remember the eclipse of 1979 made famous by Walter …

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“Mars Interviews”: Michelle Hanlon, For All Moonkind

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For All Moonkind is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the recognition of the Apollo lunar landing sites as heritage sites — essentially giving them the same status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as historically significant sites. We recently caught up with Michelle Hanlon for an interview soon after their presentation at the Starship Congress on …

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“Mars Interviews” Interview: Luca Rossettini, CEO of D-Sat.

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Luca Rossettini is the CEO of D-Sat, which launched the first self-deorbiting satellite on June 28 for a test of Deorbital Devices’ product offerings, a system that can safely remove decommissioned satellites from orbit. The mission will demonstrate an independent retro-rocket system that is capable of deorbiting a satellite that has outlived its useful life and could become dangerous to both …

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August Set To Be Active Month For Skywatchers

A young man in Turkey enjoys the 2006 solar eclipse. Image credit Oregon Live

August promises to be a good month for skywatchers, who can enjoy a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse, and the Perseid meteor shower. With some advance preparation and clear skies, serious skywatchers should be able to get some impressive photography and make some memories with friends and family. Solar eclipses and lunar eclipses tend to occur in pairs. In this …

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