Cassini Captures Breathtaking View of Saturn’s Dione

By IAN O’NEILL, Discovery News, June 19, 2015 – On Tuesday (June 16), NASA’s Cassini mission had an EXTREMELY close encounter with one of Saturn’s cratered moons, Dione. At a distance of only 321 miles (516 kilometers), this close approach was Cassini’s fourth flyby of its mission — but it wasn’t the closest. During the spacecraft’s third flyby on Dec. 12, 2011, Cassini swooped only 62 miles (99 kilometers) from the moon’s cratered surface. PHOTO: Cassini Gets Final, Stunning View of Saturn’s […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Education, Featured, Government, News, space
This Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows deposits of glass (in green) created by impacts. (IMAGE: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/JHUAPL/UNIV. OF ARIZONA)

NASA finds glass on Mars, which could help the hunt for alien life

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, June 15, 2015 – For the first time, a spacecraft orbiting Mars has detected glass deposits inside craters on the red planet — a possible boon in the hunt for signs of past Martian life. Researchers think that the glass was created when impactors (meteoroids, asteroids or comets) slammed into Mars, superheating the Martian dirt and turning parts of the surface into glass. Scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were able to see glass on […]

by · June 15, 2015 · Government, Mars, News, Science, space
NASA is starting to upload 4K, 60fps videos to YouTube

NASA is starting to upload 4K, 60fps videos to YouTube

By Sean O’Kane, TheVerge, June 13, 2015 – The vast beauty of space is about to look even more beautiful on your computer screen. Starting today, NASA will offer “4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD)” videos on YouTube, taking advantage of the site’s relatively new ability to serve up 4K videos at a super smooth frame rate of 60 frames-per-second. The first UHD video, seen above, is a (frustratingly) short tease of the beautiful moving images that are sure to come. It was […]

by · June 13, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, News, Science, space, Videos
Keele University

15-Year-Old Boy Discovers New Planet 1,000 Light-Years From Earth

By Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post, June 11, 2015 – This is Tom Wagg. He’s an avid space buff, and at the age of 15, he achieved something most astronomers can only dream of. He discovered a new planet. According to the U.K.’s Keele University, Wagg was engaged in a work-experience program at the college two years ago when “he spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it.” […]


Dwarf Planet Ceres Revealed in Amazing Video

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer, June 10, 2015 – An amazing new video lets viewers fly over and around the dwarf planet Ceres, getting a great look at its heavily cratered surface. The new Ceres video, which NASA released today (June 8), was created using 80 images captured by the space agency’s Dawn spacecraft. Some photos were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit of the dwarf planet, which lay at an altitude of about 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers), while […]

by · June 10, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, Science, space, Videos
In this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the central region of the galaxy NGC 3862, an extragalactic jet of material moving at nearly the speed of light can be seen at the three o'clock position. The jet of ejected plasma is powered by energy from a supermassive black hole at the center of the elliptical galaxy, which is located 260 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo.

Hubble Witness to Relativistic Crash in a Black Hole Jet

BY IAN O’NEILL, Discovery News – June 4, 2015 – Often we mistakenly view astronomy as a static science — the distant universe is constant and unchanging, right? Not only is this mindset woefully inaccurate, astronomers can also prove it over timescales of only a few years. Take, for example, this stunning observation by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers have stitched together 20 years-worth of images of the spiral galaxy NGC 3862, which is located some 260 million light-years from […]

June 3, 1965 Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go (NASA)

Fifty years of Spacewalks – “A Holy Molly Kind Of Moment”

By Mark Young, Managing Editor, June 3, 2015 – NASA is celebrating 50 Years of Spacewalks with the release of a 30-minute documentary. One astronaut, Michael Lopez-Alegria summed it up “It was a holy molly kind of moment.”  Here’s some additional info from NASA: “It’s been 50 years since NASA’s first EVA when Ed White went out on Gemini 4. We’ve come a long way.” This NASA documentary celebrates 50 years of extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalks that began with […]

The nebula RCW 34 shines. (ESO)

A red cloud of space gas is giving astronomers a glimpse at star birth (Video)

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable,  May 28, 2015 A telescope in Chile recently captured a beautiful image of a star-forming region of the universe, where a red cloud of gas glows in a distant part of the sky. The image, and others like it, is providing astronomers with a peek into how stars are born and evolve. The nebula, called RCW 34, plays host to multiple young stars that heat the hydrogen gas around it. Once that gas is heated, reaching […]

NASA's Terry Virts took this image of Earth from the International Space Station.

Astronaut captures hypnotic videos of thunderstorms on Earth from space

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, May 24, 2015 – Astronauts in space can experience thunderstorms, too — just not the same way we do on Earth. NASA astronaut Terry Virts captured several amazing videos of thunderstorms breaking out across the planet this week. Virts caught flashing lightning above Mexico and the Ozarks from his post on the International Space Station, and shared the amazing footage via Vine. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft used to bring astronauts to and from the ISS makes an appearance […]

The Closest Look Yet at Ceres’ Many Bright Spots

The Closest Look Yet at Ceres’ Many Bright Spots

By Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo, May 22, 2015 – Earlier this month we discovered that Ceres’ pair of mysterious bright spots were, in fact, not two—they were many, many more. Now, we’ve got the closest look yet of the spots thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission. This image, captured on May 16th, show a group of the brightest spots on the dwarf planet. Taken from a distance of 4,500 miles, each pixel represents 2,250 feet (0.4 miles). “Dawn scientists can now conclude that the […]

by · May 22, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, space
Rock 3 might be balancing on Comet 67P's surface.

A rock is teetering on a comet’s surface, but how it got there is a mystery

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, May 21, 2015 – A probe orbiting a comet speeding through deep space may have spied something a little odd: a huge, balancing rock on the comet’s surface. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft snapped a photo of a boulder that appears to be balancing on Comet 67P. The large boulder is about 98 feet in diameter, a little longer than an NBA basketball court. SEE ALSO: Rosetta beams back more incredible comet photos “How the […]


Watch this stunning time-lapse of the aurora borealis from space

By Anthony Domanico, CNET. com, May 21, 2015 – European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is aboard the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 42 and 43 crew. She took some time away from her scientific endeavors to snap several images of the aurora from space. Those images were then stitched together into a stunning time-lapse video posted Tuesday so those of us stuck on Earth could witness the beauty of looking down at our planet and watching this […]

by · May 21, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, space