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Astronomers measure the mass of a star—thanks to an old tip from Einstein

This Science Magazine shows how a team of astronomers has succeeded in measuring the mass of an isolated star using a technique first suggested by Albert Einstein in 1936.  

NASA Goddard: The Moon May Have Frost

A recent discovery of unusually bright areas near the Moon’s south pole suggests that there could be plenty of water on the surface of the moon. Scientists using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, have identified bright areas in craters near the moon’s south pole that are cold enough to have frost present …

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Latest view of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft

The spacecraft Juno arrived at Jupiter a year ago and began to observe the planet. Since then, we have enjoyed several beautiful and fascinating photos that show the planet in its full magnificence. The video below is no exception. It is a composition of 2,400 images that together creates a stunning view of Jupiter. Enjoy. …

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The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun This August

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures presents Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) who talk about the very rare eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. and North America on August 21, 2017.

Jupiter’s skies are peppered with electron streams, ammonia plumes, and massive storms

Two research papers published in Science Magazine this week presents the latest data from Juno revealing a Jupiter peppered with electron streams, ammonia plumes, and massive storms. Scientists have long known that Jupiter is a stormy place. But since NASA’s Juno probe reached the solar system’s largest planet last July, they’ve found it to be …

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NASA JPL: First Science From Juno at Jupiter

Scientists from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter discussed their first in-depth science results in a media teleconference on May 25, 2017. The teleconference participants were: Diane Brown, program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Jack Connerney, deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space …

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Veritasium: The Next Mission to Mars: Mars 2020

Veritasium visited NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science, and space-based astronomy missions. Some of the greatest moments in the history of space exploration have taken place at JPL. NASA’s forthcoming Mars project …

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How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can’t carry you into its depths (yet) — but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing TED talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe using special technology that reveals light spectrums we can’t see. Natasha Hurley-Walker helped with …

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A Brilliant Optimistic Short About How to Envision a Space Colony

Part of the National Geographic Short Film Showcase that spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. This short film spotlights how humans in twenty years from now, will live and work in space in record numbers, at least according to Rick Tumlinson, who is a …

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Joel Achenbach and Andy Weir on Getting Humans to Mars

This is a panel discussion with Joel Achenbach and Andy Weir on the potential of getting humans to Mars. Joel Achenbach is an American staff writer for The Washington Post and the author of seven books, including A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea, The Grand Idea, Captured by Aliens and It Looks Like …

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Crashing Into Saturn: This Cassini Mission Is the Most Epic Yet

In this stunning National Geographic animation, watch NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begin the last chapter of its 20-year mission to Saturn. Diving deeper into Saturn’s rings than ever before, scientists hope that the data from Cassini’s final orbits will help to improve our understanding of the giant ringed planet. The probe’s last act will be to …

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Is Anyone out There: The Hundred-Million Dollar “Breakthrough: Listen” Project

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture features Dan Werthimer of the University of California, who talk about the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe and how we might detect signals from an alien civilization. Dr. Werthimer describes current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project. …

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Fermilab: “Probing the Dark Universe” – A Lecture by Dr. Josh Frieman

In this one-hour public lecture Josh Frieman, director of the Dark Energy Survey, presents an overview of our current knowledge of the universe and describe new experiments and observatories. Over the last two decades cosmologists have made remarkable discoveries: Only 4 percent of our universe is made of ordinary matter – atoms, molecules, etc. The …

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The Economist: The changing space race

The space race has changed since the Soviet Union sent Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into space in 1957. The fight for domination is now between private companies rather than governments.  

Ryan Weed: Have you ever imagined how interstellar travel could work?

Meet a true explorer who might lead humanity to make interstellar travel a reality by developing the world’s first antimatter rocket. Through his fascinating speech at TEDxDanubia, you will have an understanding on how positrons meet electrons to reach an energy level to travel faster and farther than you could ever imagine. The 31‐year‐old Air …

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FinalFrontier: The Largest Galaxy in the Known Universe [IC 1101]

IC 1101 is a supergiant elliptical galaxy at the center of the Abell 2029 galaxy cluster, approximately 320 megaparsecs (1.04 billion light-years) from Earth. Astronomers have measured the galaxy’s diameter at 100,000 light years, at least 60 times the size of the Milky Way.  

Artist’s impression of a trip to the super-Earth exoplanet LHS 1140b

The European Southern Observatory in Chile caught the shadow of a newfound planet, dubbed LHS1140b, it is located 39 light years from Earth. It is believed to be 40 percent larger than Earth. The discovery is described in a scientific paper published in the journal Nature. The below artist’s impression video shows an imaginary trip …

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World’s First Live 360 Rocket Launch: Orbital ATK CRS-7

NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch. This stream will begin at approximately 11:00a.m. EDT on April 18th, and will last until the rocket is out of sight. This stream enables you to look around in 360 degrees -as …

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Hydrogen found in plumes on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Science Magazine explains the importance of finding hydrogen in the plumes of Enceladus. It is a sign of ongoing reactions on the floor of a probable subsurface alien sea and such chemistry provides energy for microbial life on Earth.  

Chris Impey: Our Future in Space

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture features Dr. Chris Impey from the University of Arizona. He reviews humanity’s amazing achievements until today and outlines our future in space. Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. Permanent bases on …

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