Space Explorer - Astronomy (1)
This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat
Seeking toprovethat a conspiracy of astronautsfabricated theshapeof theEarth,a California man intends tolaunchhimself 1,800 feet highon Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal. Assuming the 500-mph, mile-longflight through the Mojave Desert does not killhim, Mike Hughestold the Associated Press,hisjourney into theatmosflat willmark the first phase ofhis ambitious flat-Earth space program. Hughess ultimate goal isa subsequentlaunch that putshim miles above the Earth,wherethe 61-year-old limousine driver hopes tophotograph proof ofthedisc we all live on.
Nov 21, 2017 8:28PM - Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (2)
Rendezvous With `Oumuamua
Keith's note: Larger image. Objects are to scale. But the way that this thing rotates might dictate a more prudent station keeping distance.
Nov 21, 2017 6:50PM - NASA Watch (nasawatch.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (3)
SpaceX aims to follow a banner year with an even faster 2018 launch cadence
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell a finalist for SpaceNews' Corporate Executive of the Year award previews 2018 in an exclusive interview . WASHINGTON SpaceX, now on track to more than double its personal best for launches conducted in a single year, wants to further accelerate its launch pace in 2018 by perhaps 10 or more missions. We will increase our cadence next year about 50 percent, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, told SpaceNews in an interview last week.
Nov 21, 2017 4:50PM - SpaceNews.com (spacenews.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (4)
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe 'resigns
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said. A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power, the Reuters news agency reports. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.
Nov 21, 2017 3:52PM - BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (5)
Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels
A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russias meteorological service confirmed levels several hundred times the norm were found in several locations in the country during tests in late September. Greenpeace has called for an investigation into a potential cover-up of a nuclear accident after Russias nuclear agency had denied European reports of increased ruthenium-106 levels. Rosgidromet, the weather monitoring service, released test data on Monday that showed levels were indeed much higher than normal.
Nov 21, 2017 9:52AM - the Guardian (theguardian.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (6)
Forbes Welcome
Life is short and the impact that we all can have is much greater when youre doing something to help others.
Nov 19, 2017 7:01PM - forbes.com (forbes.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (7)
All the reasons why humans shouldn't colonize Mars, according to experts
Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. Professor Stephen Hawking is eager to see us search for a new planet to call home. NASA is building an engine that could take us there.
Nov 18, 2017 2:02PM - Futurism (futurism.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (8)
Walmart To Order 15 Tesla Semi Trucks, Canadian Grocer Loblaw To Order 25
Google+ November 18th, 2017 by James Ayre Following earlier news that the US-based trucking firm JB Hunt would be reserving and ordering a number of Teslas new semi trucks, Walmart and the Canada-based grocery chain Loblaw have both revealed that they will be doing the same. Walmart has revealed that it will be reserving and ordering 15 of the new Tesla semi trucks with 5 slated for use in the US and 10 in Canada. And the Canada-based grocery chain Loblaw has revealed that it will be reserving and ordering a total of 25 of the new all-electric Tesla heavy-duty trucks.
Nov 18, 2017 1:56PM - CleanTechnica (cleantechnica.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (9)
US Government to Continue Funding Hurricane-Stricken Puerto Rican Telescope
Yesterday, the National Science Foundation announced that theyll keep the storied Arecibo telescope running in the wake of the Hurricane Maria damage. The NSF concluded that the best way forward was to collaborate with new stakeholders who will both use and maintain the facility, according to the Record of Decision. There could be some potential demolitions of buildings on the site, but funding will continue.
Nov 17, 2017 5:02PM - Gizmodo (gizmodo.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (10)
A telescope 100X stronger than Hubble will unveil parts of the cosmos we've never seen
In Brief NASA has announced the selection of 13 research programs that will comprise the Early Release period for the James Webb Space Telescope. The powerful craft will facilitate projects that were previously impossible. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has detailed the 13 proposals that will comprise the initial set of scientific observations carried out using the highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Nov 17, 2017 3:03PM - Futurism (futurism.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (11)
Hurricane-battered Arecibo telescope will keep studying the skies
After years of financial uncertainty and weeks of hardship caused by Hurricane Maria, staff at the legendary Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico were relieved to find out Thursday that their telescope willremain operational. For about a decade, theNational Science Foundation, which owns the observatory and supplies about two-thirds of its $12 million budget,had been mulling downsizing or even shutteringthe telescope to free up funds for other projects. Instead, the NSF will continue scientific operations at the facility in collaboration with an unnamed partner organization,according to a Record of Decision signed this week.
Nov 17, 2017 5:18AM - Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (12)
We may know why Jupiters Great Red Spot is red instead of white
The recipe for the distinctive colour of Jupiters Great Red Spot has long been a mystery, but now researchers have an idea of how it got so red. Start with an ammonia-rich cloud deck and add intense solar radiation for eons. Ammonia forms the top layer of Jupiters atmosphere.
Nov 17, 2017 2:31AM - New Scientist (newscientist.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (13)
New pulsar result supports particle dark matter
The nature of dark matter remains elusive, but astronomers are now one step closer to the answer.New results from an unconventional observatory in Mexico are bringing scientists one step closer to solving the dark matter mystery. They lend credence to the idea that some strange non-light-emitting particle is responsible for about 85% of the universes mass.
Nov 16, 2017 9:04PM - Astronomy.com (astronomy.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (14)
The case of the shrinking white dwarf
For the first time, astronomers have found observational evidence of a contracting white-dwarf star. Consider a Sun-like star, a red giant, and a white dwarf. They all seem pretty different.
Nov 16, 2017 7:13PM - Astronomy.com (astronomy.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (15)
Autumn fireball
(802.26 kB) Title Autumn fireball Released 16/11/2017 8:52 am Copyright Ollie Taylor Description On 14 November 2017 at about 16:45 GMT a football-sized meteoroid entered Earths atmosphere about 50 km northeast of Darmstadt, Germany. It created a bright fireball in the sky, which was seen by thousands of people in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, and was reported widely by media.
Nov 16, 2017 10:35AM - European Space Agency (esa.int)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (16)
Fracture swarms on Mars
These striking features on Mars were caused by the planets crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. Sirenum Fossae in context The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region in the southern hemisphere were imaged by ESAs Mars Express in March. They extend for thousands of kilometres in length, far beyond the boundaries of this image.
Nov 16, 2017 10:22AM - European Space Agency (esa.int)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (17)
LIGO and Virgo announce the detection of a black hole binary merger from June 8, 2017
News Release November 15, 2017 Scientists searching for gravitational waves have confirmed yet another detection from their fruitful observing run earlier this year. Dubbed GW170608, the latest discovery was produced by the merger of two relatively light black holes, 7 and 12 times the mass of the sun, at a distance of about a billion light-years from Earth. The merger left behind a final black hole 18 times the mass of the sun, meaning that energy equivalent to about 1 solar mass was emitted as gravitational waves during the collision.
Nov 16, 2017 2:19AM - LIGO Lab | Caltech (ligo.caltech.edu)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (18)
Free-fall experiment could test if gravity is a quantum force
Despite decades of effort, a theory of quantum gravity is still out of grasp. Now a group of physicists have proposed an experimental test of whether gravity is quantum or not, to settle questions about the forces true nature. The search for quantum gravity is an effort to reconcile Einsteins general relativity with quantum mechanics, which is a theory of all the fundamental particles and the forces that act on them except gravity.
Nov 15, 2017 6:36PM - New Scientist (newscientist.com)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (19)
Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017
Emily Lakdawalla November15,2017
Nov 15, 2017 4:14PM - planetary.org (planetary.org)
Space Explorer - Astronomy (20)
Astronomers discover new type of cosmic explosion
An international team of astronomers, including a University of Southampton expert, has discovered a new type of explosion in a distant galaxy. The explosion, called PS1-10adi, seems to prefer active galaxies that house supermassive black holes consuming the gas and material around them. Using telescopes on La Palma and Hawaii, the team detected an explosion that was so energetic it must have originated from one of two sources: an extremely massive star up to several hundred times more massive than our Sun exploding as a supernova, or from a lower mass star that has been shredded by the ultra-strong gravitational forces close to the supermassive black hole.
Nov 15, 2017 12:25PM - phys.org (phys.org)