okt 102012
 
Pulsars as Nature's own GPS in Space

  Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Leicester have been commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA) to investigate the feasibility of using dead stars to navigate spacecraft in deep space. The findings of the research will advise ESA strategy and if feasible this technique may in future revolutionise the [continue reading]

okt 032012
 
The Science Behind those Eye-Popping Northern Lights

  Northern night skies have recently been alive with light. Those shimmering curtains get their start about 93 million miles away, on the Sun. An image of an aurora borealis, and moonrise in the Brooks Range in northern Alaska at the Chandler Shelf in December 2008. Image Credit: guardian.co.uk/Rolf Hicker/Barcroft Media  An aurora borealis (aurora australis [continue reading]

sep 272012
 
The Sun's Shockwaves Formed the Planets at Different Times

  The early years of our Solar System were a turbulent time, and questions remain about its development. Dr Tagir Abdylmyanov, Associate Professor from Kazan State Power Engineering University, has been researching shockwaves emitted from our very young Sun, and has discovered that these would have caused the planets in our Solar System to form [continue reading]

sep 252012
 
More Indications Life Came To Earth From Outer Space

  Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research presented at the European Planetary Sciences Congress (EPSC) on 25 September.  The Sun is thought to have formed in a cluster of other stars around 4.5 billion years [continue reading]

sep 042012
 
After 35 Years, Voyager 1 is Heading for the Stars

  Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the Solar System and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side. This image illustrates Voyager’s position as the twin space probes [continue reading]

sep 012012
 
Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft Changes its Orbit

  On August 30, navigators and mission controllers for NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter watched their computer screens as their spacecraft successfully performed its first deep-space maneuver. This first firing of Juno’s main engine is one of two planned to refine the spacecraft’s trajectory, setting the stage for a gravity assist from a On August [continue reading]