Space

Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

It's not hard for us to think about what would happen to the Earth and life on our planet if a meteor impacted the surface. There have been several movies that showed what might happen in the event of an asteroid impact. A large enough asteroid could end all life on the planet leaving Earth devoid of life. A new study looks at what might happen to Earth if it were hit with a medium-size asteroid.

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North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea's newly launched satellite, the first since 2012, is now in a stable orbit after having previously been tumbling out of control. The satellite doesn't appear to be transmitting anything, according to officials and anonymous sources, but that doesn't mean much as North Korea is likely concentrating on getting controlled orbits under its belt first.

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NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

Early last year, NASA released some images styled after retro travel posters, each of the three presenting artistic representations of alien landscapes and the activities one might do in those places. They were a big hit with the public, with space enthusiasts and dreamers alike having them printed as posters. Thanks to Invisible Creatures, we've been graced with three new posters, each of which the studio had created for NASA as part of an internal project.

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Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Researchers have discovered a bunch of galaxies described as being 'behind' the Milky Way, at least from our own perspective in the universe, and they may be responsible for the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly. This collective of galaxies, of which there are hundreds, are located about 250 light years away from Earth, and many of them have been studied by researchers for the first time ever. According to the newly published study, 883 galaxies have been found.

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Dwarf planet Ceres was first observed 215 years ago

Dwarf planet Ceres was first observed 215 years ago

The dwarf planet Ceres was first discovered 215 years ago and over the generations our knowledge of the diminutive planet has has grown exponentially. Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi first viewed Ceres through a telescope and 215 years later, we have a spacecraft in orbit around the planet. NASA's Dawn mission arrived at Ceres in 2015.

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Fatal meteor impact in India may be first ever recorded

Fatal meteor impact in India may be first ever recorded

In what is being called a first in modern history, a man in India has died after being injured by a meteor that struck a college in India. The impact also wounded three other individuals, and left behind a crater about 4ft. deep, according to officials. The incident took place this past Saturday in Tamil Nadu at Bharathidasan Engineering College a little past noon; the impact, which happened in the school's cafeteria, is said to have produced an explosive sound heard as far away as three kilometers.

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James Webb Space Telescope mirror installation completed

James Webb Space Telescope mirror installation completed

Construction of a new space telescope has been underway for a long time now. The new telescope is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and its first primary mirror was installed back in November of 2015. On February 3, the 18th and final primary mirror segment was installed in the telescope.

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Blue Origin shares rocket point of view from historic landing

Blue Origin shares rocket point of view from historic landing

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has been busy setting records over the last few months when it comes to successfully landing re-usable rockets, only to launch and land them again. There's already been plenty of videos published of the private space agency's New Shepard rocket making its landings, but this week they shared one more, this time with a unique perspective: the landing shot from a camera on the rocket itself.

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NASA Juno spacecraft adjusts course for July 4 Jupiter arrival

NASA Juno spacecraft adjusts course for July 4 Jupiter arrival

NASA has announced that adjustments had been made this week to the course of its Juno spacecraft, which is on its way to the planet Jupiter. On Wednesday, the space agency carried out an "engine burn," firing the spacecraft's thrusters to put it on track to arrive at the solar system's largest planet on July 4th of this year. The solar-powered Juno is now roughly 425 million miles from Earth, and only 51 million miles from its destination.

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Virginia grade school’s CubeSat will launch from ISS soon

Virginia grade school’s CubeSat will launch from ISS soon

A grade school in Virginia will be the first of its kind to send a CubeSat satellite into orbit. The satellite, which was created by students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, was sent to the International Space Station in December 2015, and it is scheduled to be released from it later this month on February 15. Once in orbit, the satellite will send pictures from space back to the school.

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NASA finds ‘hills’ floating on Pluto’s nitrogen glaciers

NASA finds ‘hills’ floating on Pluto’s nitrogen glaciers

NASA has presented both a phenomenon and an explanation of it, in this case floating hills spotted on Pluto. These hills are found on nitrogen ice glaciers, and they’re substantially large measuring in at one mile wide or greater. This is an aspect of Pluto’s geological activity, says the space station, and one it finds fascinating, as these floating hills themselves move in ways similar to icebergs on our own planet.

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Baby star has planet-forming disk that confounds scientists

Baby star has planet-forming disk that confounds scientists

Astronomers have been studying something far away from the Earth in the Rho Ophiuchi star formation region. Inside this region is a very young star known as 2MASS J16281370-2431391 that is about 400 light years away from Earth. This infant star has a planetary formation disk around it that is disk edge on to us here on Earth.

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