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mars helicopter

NASA is ready to send a helicopter to Mars

April 12th, 2020

NASA’s Mars Helicopter — part of the Mars 2020 mission — was just installed on the Perseverance rover as the team prepares for the launch of the mission in July. The helicopter won’t have any scientific objectives but will demonstrate what may be possible when it comes to flying on Mars. Weighing just four pounds, …

next solar eclipse

The US won’t have to wait long for another total solar eclipse

April 9th, 2020

The next total solar eclipse for those in the United States will come four years from now, in early April 2024. Unlike the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017, the 2024 eclipse will come in spring, making viewing difficult for many northern states where cloud cover is likely. The eclipse will pass over several US …

black hole jet

Watch a black hole violently fire a jet of material into space

April 8th, 2020

Astronomers from the Event Horizon Telescope project have released images of a distant quasar with its black hole spewing material into space.  The images were gathered by telescopes all over the planet, acting together to peer deep into space.  The images reveal mysteries about the jet of fast-moving material leaving the black hole, and researchers …

uranus news

Astronomers explain why Uranus is so weird

April 8th, 2020

Japanese astronomers have a theory to explain all the weird things about Uranus, including its rotation speed and the angle at which it spins.  The planet may have been impacted by an icy body that vaporized, pushing the planet on its side and helping to form the planet’s tiny moons.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

space news

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shows off its shiny new mirror

April 2nd, 2020

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope takes one big step towards eventually being cleared for launch by arranging its mirror array.  The telescope’s current launch date is 2021, but that may change as the coronavirus pandemic has forced a reduction in the workforce.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has seen …

mars water

Ancient Mars may have had received water from two major sources

April 1st, 2020

Ancient Mars may have received its wealth of water from a couple of major sources, new research suggests.  Studying the content of Martian meteorites that arrived on Earth revealed different hydrogen isotopes that hint at the planet’s watery history.  A small amount of water and ice remains on Mars today, but the planet is believed …

do aliens exist

Alien life on distant planets almost certainly exists, scientist says

March 9th, 2020

Scientist says that life almost certainly exists outside of Earth.  However, based on the odds of RNA formation, life is likely very rare and will be near impossible for us to actually find.  The work was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The question of whether or not …

dark matter

Scientists may have finally cracked the dark matter mystery

March 4th, 2020

When astronomers gaze into space they can see many different things. Galaxies, stars, and even black holes can be spotted from our place here on Earth. However, one of the most abundant types of matter in the universe can’t actually be seen at all, or at least we’ve yet to invent the means to do …

milky way warping

Our galaxy is warping and astronomers have no idea why

March 4th, 2020

From our perch here on Earth, it’s impossible for most of us to notice changes happening in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers, on the other hand, have tools at their disposal that make observing trends in our galaxy a bit easier, and one development, in particular, is leaving scientists scratching their heads: The …