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ESA’s wandering eye

4 Jul 2019 at 3:15am

Discover the 1-m telescope on the volcanic island of Tenerife, Spain, providing crucial information on space debris and risky asteroids Read more...

Total eclipse

4 Jul 2019 at 1:41am

Impressions of the total solar eclipse from Earth and space Read more...

NASA Scientists, Engineers Honored with Presidential Early Career Awards

3 Jul 2019 at 1:07pm
President Trump has named 18 NASA researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read more...

New York City Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station

3 Jul 2019 at 9:32am
Students in New York City will have an opportunity next week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Read more...

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

3 Jul 2019 at 8:00am
Opinion: The once-revolutionary space agency is being upstaged by unapologetic capitalists. Here's how it can reclaim its relevance. Read more...

What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?

3 Jul 2019 at 8:00am
You're not so much keeping the "coldness" in, but keeping the heat out. How well a cooler can do this will depend on three key factors: insulation, air, and ice. Read more...

How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

3 Jul 2019 at 6:00am
Europe's record-breaking heat wave serves as a warning of just how dangerous high temperatures can be. Read more...

Remote Mount Michael volcano hosts persistent lava lake

3 Jul 2019 at 3:54am
The rare feature exists inside the crater of the Mount Michael stratovolcano in the South Atlantic. Read more...

US top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

3 Jul 2019 at 3:09am
The US is the world's top producer of waste per head of population, and one of the worst at recycling. Read more...

NASA peers into hurricane Barbara's heavy rainfall

2 Jul 2019 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the storm and measured the rate in which rain was falling throughout it. Read more...

Collision course: Amateur astronomers play a part in efforts to keep space safe

2 Jul 2019 at 11:00pm
(Royal Astronomical Society) Heavy traffic is commonplace on Earth but now congestion is becoming an increasing problem in space. With over 22,000 artificial satellites in orbit it is essential to keep track of their positions in order to avoid unexpected collisions. Amateur astronomers from the ... Read more...

Deep-CEE: The AI deep learning tool helping astronomers explore deep space

2 Jul 2019 at 11:00pm
(Royal Astronomical Society) Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive structures in the cosmos, but despite being millions of lightyears across, they can still be hard to spot. Researchers at Lancaster University have turned to artificial intelligence for assistance in finding galaxy clusters... Read more...

SMU's 'Titans in a jar' could answer key questions ahead of NASA's space expl...

2 Jul 2019 at 11:00pm
(Southern Methodist University) Researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) could help determine if Saturn's icy moon -- Titan -- has ever been home to life long before NASA completes an exploratory visit to its surface by a drone helicopter. Read more...

How scientists used NASA data to predict appearance of July 2 eclipse

2 Jul 2019 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Days before the July 2 total solar eclipse, scientists used NASA data and complex models to predict how the corona -- the Sun's pearly outer atmosphere -- would actually appear from the ground during the eclipse. Read more...

La Silla 50th Anniversary Culminates with Total Solar Eclipse

2 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm
On 2 July, the path of totality of a solar eclipse passed across ESO’s La Silla Observatory. This rare astronomical event falls in the fiftieth year of operation of ESO’s first observatory. Inaugurated in 1969, La Silla Observatory led Europe to the front line of astronomical research and continu... Read more...

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