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moon age

We might finally know how old the Moon is

July 16th, 2020

Researchers from the German Aerospace Center say they’ve developed a new numerical model that suggests the Moon is a bit younger than anyone thought. The scientists say the assumed age of the Moon is off by nearly 100 million years. Missions to the Moon in the coming years could reveal more about its age and …

space news

Scientists spot star flung across our galaxy at insane speeds

July 15th, 2020

Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope identified a star moving at truly incredible speeds. The white dwarf is thought to have partially exploded, sending the remaining material of the star flying at incredibly high speeds. The star’s speed is estimated at just shy of 560,000 miles per hour. Our Sun is a star with a …

hubble photo

This gorgeous Hubble image hides an incredible secret

July 13th, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a distant star casing “bat wing” shadows into space. The star’s bright light is hitting a disk of debris surrounding the star, casting wide shadows we can see thanks to Hubble. The wings even “flap” as a result of the wavy shape of the debris ring. Take …

moon 2024

NASA’s 2024 Moon mission is in serious trouble

July 13th, 2020

NASA needs a lot of money if it hopes to achieve a crewed mission to the Moon by 2024, but lawmakers aren’t giving in. A budget proposal for NASA asked for nearly $5 billion but was cleared for just over $1.5 billion, making a Moon return impossible NASA is hopeful that the Senate will be …

black hole in our solar system

A grapefruit-sized black hole may be hiding in our solar system

July 12th, 2020

An unseen object appears to be interacting with other objects along the edge of our solar system, and researchers don’t know exactly what it is.  Theories of “planet nine” have been proposed, but others believe it may be a tiny black hole. Researchers plan on scanning the skies for evidence of the black hole using …

south pole wall

The Milky Way was hiding a massive collection of new galaxies

July 10th, 2020

A new cosmic structure was just discovered that may hold an incredible number of galaxies, stars, and planets. The structure is now known as the South Pole Wall, and it resides in an area that is obscured from our view by our own Milky Way galaxy. The discovery was made using data showing the movement …

space news

Astronomers spotted something strange in space and can’t explain it

July 9th, 2020

Astronomers have spotted a new class of radio objects in space that has never been documented before.  The researchers ruled out most possible explanations but a few remain, including that the signals are the leftover remnants of some cosmic event. In a new research paper, the scientists offer their best guesses, but can’t say for …

venus mars mission

Scientists want NASA to visit Venus before Mars

July 9th, 2020

Scientists argue that a trip past Venus would benefit a crewed mission to Mars. Zipping by Venus would allow for less energy to be consumed by the spacecraft heading for Mars, the researchers say. NASA has suggested that a crewed mission to the Red Planet may happen as early as the 2030s. At present, the …