Carnival of Space #581

Gather one and all for the current Carnival of Space! We’re here to inspire and enlighten you. Your ticket is right here…

Musk Gives an Update on When a Mars Colony Could be Built
Matt Williams | Universe Today

Elon Musk is well-known for his ability to create a media sensation. Scarcely a week goes by that the founder of SpaceX and Tesla doesn’t have an announcement or update to make – often via his social media outlet of choice, twitter. And as a major figure in the NewSpace industry, anything he says is guaranteed to elicit reactions (both critical and hopeful) from the space community and general public.

Just last week (on Monday, Sept. 17th), he revealed new information about the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and who its first passenger would be when it conducts its first lunar mission (which is planned for 2023). And on Friday (Sept. 21st), Musk shared some updated plans on when a SpaceX Martian colony could be established. According to the tweet he posted, his company could build a base on…

Matter is Going Into this Black Hole at 30% the Speed of Light
Evan Gough | Universe Today

A team of researchers in the UK have observed matter falling into a black hole at 30% the speed of light. This is much faster than anything previously observed. The high velocity is a result of misaligned discs of material rotating around the black hole.

The galaxy in the study is named PG211+143 and it’s about a billion light years away from our Solar System. It’s a Seyfert galaxy, which means it is very bright and has a supermassive black hole (SMBH) in its center. Matter falling into the hole from accretion discs causes its…

Astronomers are Tracking the Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua to its Home System
Matt Williams | Universe Today

On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar asteroid – I/2017 U1 (aka. ‘Oumuamua). Since that time, multiple studies have been conducted to determine the asteroid’s origin, what it encountered in interstellar space, its true nature (is it a comet or an asteroid?), and whether or not it is an alien spacecraft (it’s not).

In all this time, the question of ‘Oumuamua’s origin has remained unanswered. Beyond theorizing that it came from the direction of the Lyra Constellation, possibly from the Vega system, there have been no definitive answers. Luckily, an international team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) have…

The Milky Way is Still Rippling from a Galactic Collision Millions of Years Ago
Evan Gough | Universe Today

Between 300 million and 900 million years ago, our Milky Way galaxy nearly collided with the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy. Data from the ESA’s Gaia mission shows the ongoing effect of this event, with stars moving like ripples on the surface of a pond. The galactic collision is part of an ongoing cannibalization of the dwarf galaxy by the much-larger Milky Way.

Gaia’s main science objective is to survey one billion stars in our galactic neighborhood. It’s creating a precision 3D map of the Milky Way, and answering questions about the origin and evolution of our galaxy. The ESA launched Gaia in…

Astronauts Could Use the ScanMars Device to Search for Water on Mars
Evan Gough | Universe Today

There’s solid evidence for the existence of water on Mars, at least in frozen form at the planet’s poles. And a more recent study confirms the existence of liquid water at the south pole. But visitors to Mars will need to know the exact location of usable water deposits at other Martian locations. A ground-penetrating radar called ScanMars may be up to the task.

Italian scientists at the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) Planetologia Spaziali and the University of Perugia are developing the device. In February 2018 they tested ScanMars at the Dhofar region in Oman. The test was part of the AMADEE-18 Mission led by the Austrian Space Forum. Alessandro Frigeri of INAF presented the results of that test at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in Berlin. The abstract of that presentation is…

Here are the First Pictures From the Parker Solar Probe. Wait… That’s Not the Sun
Matt Williams | Universe Today

On August 12th, 2018, NASA launched the first spacecraft that will ever “touch” the face of the Sun. This was none other than the Parker Solar Probe, a mission that will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, solar wind, and “space weather” events like solar flares. Whereas previous missions have observed the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe will provide the closest observations in history by entering the Sun’s atmosphere (aka. the corona).

And now, just over a month into the its mission, the Parker Solar Probe has captured and returned its first-light data. This data, which consisted of images of the Milky Way and Jupiter, was collected by the probe’s four instrument suites. While the images were not aimed at the Sun, the probe’s primary focus of study, they successfully demonstrated that…

Here are the First Pictures From the Parker Solar Probe. Wait… That’s Not the Sun
Allen Versfeld | Urban Astronomer

Welcome to this special Equinox edition of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This episode I share the microphone with Clem Unger for the first of a quarterly series. Clem has been on the show before, and he’ll be back every equinox and every solstice.
In this episode

We start with a look at…

Japan Lands on an Asteroid
Mark R. Whittington |The Hill

The Japanese have achieved a space first: exploring an asteroid up close.

The Japanese Space Agency probe, the Hayabusa 2, arrived in the vicinity of an Earth-approaching asteroid called 162173 Ryugu in June. The mission achieved a greater milestone on Sept. 21 when it deployed two “rovers” on the surface of the asteroid that are currently hopping about, taking images and temperature readings.

By not only remotely examining an asteroid but, at the same time, exploring its surface, the Japanese have set a new precedent for asteroid exploration. The two rovers have already…

Mark whittington | The Daily Caller

The Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness recently held a hearing entitled, “Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space.” As is his privilege as the ranking member of the full Senate Commerce Committee, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, attended the hearing.

Nelson was seen schmoozing with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the sole witness, before the hearing and participated for just a few minutes during the proceedings before departing for some other appointment.

Nelson also left an opening statement that had some very interesting things to say about…

Some really important discoveries this time. Watch for Carnival of Space #582 next week over on Photon Fishing!

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2049 Outfitters

In 2049, and the years leading up to it, what will be the opportunities we might consider the modern ‘Gold Rush’? Looking around right now, there are some incredible convergences happening and whole industries evolving. There are ways to participate … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #573

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For many years, bloggers exploring the vastness of space have delivered hundreds of articles and the best have been featured on the Carnival of Space. Mars is 1000x Drier Than the Driest Places on Earth Matt Williams | Universe Today … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #563

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            It’s another wild week in space so get right in there.  If you feel moved to join us, start here. The Pressure Inside Every Proton is 10x That Inside Neutron Stars Matt Williams | … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #555

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Stunning, eh? The Earth, the sky, space. It’s all amazing and wonderful, especially when you keep learning new things about everything around you. One of the best ways to get into all of this is the Carnival of Space. Over … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking – Was He Really All That?

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Ad Astra Stephen Hawking!  You were certainly one of a kind. I’ll admit, I don’t know everything about Stephen Hawking, who does?  I’ve bought his books and I’ve even read some of what he wrote.  No one can deny that … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #547

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The Carnival of space is a long-running collaboration of bloggers in the space exploration field helping each other showcase the wonderful events happening as we push ourselves and our technology to ever more thrilling adventures off-world!  You can join us, … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #532

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Welcome one and all to the Carnival of Space #532! We live in exciting times, don’t we? Our discoveries are so widespread now and we can learn such incredible things, I think it’s the greatest time to be alive! We … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #525

The Eclipse is over now [don’t be down – there’s another coming in 2019!] and yet the excitement continues!  These bloggers wrote up some of the cool things happening out there for you, so I hope you enjoy learning even … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #518

The Carnival of Space #518 is up next and you are in for a treat!  Some pretty interesting things have been happening in the blogosphere and these authors bring it to you all here and now… Forget Mars, How About … Continue reading

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