astronomy

Super Moon April 2020: The biggest one all year

Super Moon April 2020: The biggest one all year

Tuesday night you'll be able to see the most full and large Supermoon of the year 2020. This is called the Super Pink Moon, but it won't actually appear to be pink in color. This one name (of many) includes two separate descriptors, one because it's a Super Moon, another because it's a Pink Moon. This is also the point at which the moon will appear larger than any other one of the Supermoons we see all year long!

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12,000+ people applied to be a NASA astronaut for missions to our Moon and Mars

12,000+ people applied to be a NASA astronaut for missions to our Moon and Mars

More than 12,000 individuals applied for the job of astronaut in NASA's 2020 call for interest in the Artemis Generation. Those chosen for the program will be involved in Artemis missions to our Moon and beyond. "We've entered a bold new era of space exploration with the Artemis program," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "We are thrilled to see so many incredible Americans apply to join us."

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How to sign up to be a NASA Astronaut in 2020

How to sign up to be a NASA Astronaut in 2020

Back in the year 2015, NASA opened applications for candidates for their astronaut program. At that time, they received the highest-ever amount of applications to the program. Approximately 18,300 people applied in late 2015, and in early 2020, 11 new astronauts graduated from the NASA program. NASA just announced a new round of candidate application availability.

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Astronomers couldn’t believe this record-breaking black hole explosion – until now

Astronomers couldn’t believe this record-breaking black hole explosion – until now

It's no Big Bang but it is a very big bang. NASA says it has spotted a record-breaking explosion, as a distant black hole erupts with galaxy-scale results. Luckily for us, though, the huge jets from the supermassive black hole occurred around 390 million light years away from Earth.

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Re-watch the first all-female spacewalk via NASA

Re-watch the first all-female spacewalk via NASA

UPDATE: The spacewalk is effectively complete, but we can watch it again and again since NASA's recorded the whole thing, live in effect. Humanity's first all-female spacewalk started at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT) on October 18, 2019. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir worked outside the International Space Station to repair the station by replacing a power controller.

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This is the Spacebit moon spider

This is the Spacebit moon spider

This bit of robotics from the folks at Spacebit is known as "The Walking Rover". It's effectively a moon spider - albeit with 4 legs instead of 8, and a box-like body of metal rather than organic. It's powered by the sun via solar panels and stores energy on rechargeable batteries. It weighs around 1.3kg, works with Swarm Intelligence, is part of a Modular Robotics Platform, and it can jump.

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Can NASA’s planetary system keep us safe from asteroids?

Can NASA’s planetary system keep us safe from asteroids?

While we’re struggling to get out of bed, deciding which pair of socks to wear to work, there is a group of people working hard to track asteroids that could literally end all life on Earth. No, it’s not the Avengers - they’re called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), but they may just be Earth’s mightiest heroes.

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First total solar eclipse caught on film has been restored for all to see

First total solar eclipse caught on film has been restored for all to see

Next to rare comets that stay in the sky for days, few other celestial phenomena have invited awe and superstition than a total solar eclipse. Every culture has a myth for the semi-rare event and although it's no longer a mystery by today's standards, it's still something that people want to capture on film today. Much more, then, in the 19th century when things weren't as advanced as they are now. That is why the rediscovery of the first ever total solar eclipse recorded on film is making quite a fuss among astronomers, filmmakers, and even magicians.

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A van-sized meteor exploded over Cuba

A van-sized meteor exploded over Cuba

In the first of February, 2019, a van-sized asteroid-turned-meteor exploded over Cuba. This explosion and subsequent disintegration happened at a scale and height that allowed leftover pieces to be recovered in its aftermath. This space rock entered our Earthly vision at around West Palm Beach, Florida, and entered the atmosphere somewhere between there and Pinar del Rio, where it landed. We are in no current danger of any similar falling fireballs - none that've yet been detected, that is to say.

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Prometheus made real: Constellations found in caves

Prometheus made real: Constellations found in caves

It's almost like Prometheus was prophesying the findings published today. In the film, researchers discover the same set of symbols depicting a single star constellation in multiple (newly discovered) ancient caves across the planet. In today's study, researchers analyzed already-known archeological sites, finding a set of symbols representing an array of constellations that track to our night sky today.

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These nine American astronauts will make commercial spaceflight history

These nine American astronauts will make commercial spaceflight history

NASA has revealed the nine astronauts who will man the first commercial spaceflights, as the US prepares to once again begin launching manned missions after retiring the Space Shuttle. The crews will be split between two of the commercial projects NASA is counting on to make space travel more accessible and, vitally, more affordable.

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These are the first photos of an exploding star

These are the first photos of an exploding star

Amateur astronomer Victor Buso took a photo of an exploding star at a moment never before captured. In the history of humanity, no known photo has ever captured the burst of light from a supernova, and Buso did it, basically on accident. The chances of this photo capturing this moment are one in hundreds of millions.

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