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Carnival of Space 552: Best Space Stories of the Week

By on Mar 10, 2018 in Carnival of Space | 0 comments

Welcome to the Carnival of Space! It’s where the best stories are curated for you weekly and hosted by different astronomy bloggers around the globe. We have an awesome line-up for you today. Let’s get right to it!   Saturn Photobombs a Picture of the Martian Moon Phobos – Universe Today Our first story comes from Universe Today where we take a look at the Mars Express mission and the story behind how it caught this amazing photobomb caused by Phobos. Check out the full article here.   Did the Milky Way Steal These Stars or Kick Them Out of the Galaxy? – Universe Today   Universe Today writes about if the Milky Way stole these stars or kicked them out of the galaxy. It’s fascinating to try and understand the evolution of our Milky Way as well as how scientists go about doing so. Check out the full story here.   A New Planetary System...

What does this look like to you?

By on Feb 27, 2018 in Mars | 0 comments

Do you know what this is? Well at first it may not look incredibly interesting, but there is something fascinating happening here. This is a “hole.” Not just any hole but a hole on Mars. What is really interesting is this is a hole found in the Southern hemisphere on Mars, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the photo. What I love is scientists have no idea what created the hole. One theory is a meteorite impact. However, if so we know most meteorite impacts on Earth, Moon, and beyond have pointy rims like you would see on a coffee cup or the ice cream containers that you would buy from the grocery store. Instead, we see a smooth rim pointing downwards. Okay, so maybe it’s a pit that sunk in? If so, how did that happen? Mars should have a few more of these at least, right? Well, we don’t see a ton of these, in fact, this is the only one we see so far. Now,...

Falcon Heavy Launches to Infinity and Beyond!

By on Feb 8, 2018 in SpaceX | 0 comments

What a big day for SpaceX! The highly anticipated Falcon Heavy launches on February 6th, 2018. What made this launch fascinating is a couple of things: It’s the first launch of SpaceX’s heavy-duty rocket that will one day bring humans to Mars and even beyond Falcon Heavy is carrying Elon’s Tesla Roadster at a payload (Elon just being fun and crazy Elon!) The spacecraft will cross Mars’ orbit Do you, also, want to watch the Falcon Heavy launch over and over again? Say no more fam! (this is my pad remote!) pic.twitter.com/2qfe2xyUH3 — Craig Vander Galien (@Craig_VG) February 7, 2018 One reason this is so interesting to me is historically NASA has always led the way for space exploration and continues to develop new technologies that solve some of the hardest problems out there. It’s not to say NASA has completely lost that but this huge. The...

Rocket Lab Sends Electron Rocket to Orbit

By on Jan 23, 2018 in Space Technology | 0 comments

There is no exciting time than now when it comes to space exploration and the growth of private space companies. Most of us have heard of SpaceX (Elon Musk) and some of us may have also heard of Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos). However, another private space company called Rocket Lab joins the race! The huge news with this company is that they launched their Electron rocket into orbit which had a payload of CubeSats for two clients. This puts them in a league of only a dozen other space companies that have launched successfully today. I will say that I find it hilarious that they called their rocket “Still Testing.” I love a space company with a good sense of humor. Rocket Lab is a unique company that was founded in 2006 by a New Zealander named Peter Beck. He had over a decade and a half of propulsion research and market development in the space community. Rocket Lab launched...

Final Phase of Stellar Life Results in Beautiful Cassiopeia A

By on Jan 8, 2018 in Supernova | 0 comments

Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is a prime example of beauty paired with absolute destruction. We call Cassiopeia a supernova remnant in astronomy. It’s located 11,000 light-years away from Earth in our very own Milky Way. However, that isn’t the most fascinating part about Cassiopeia A. What’s amazing is you’re looking at exactly the process of what breaths life into new stars and planets. It’s the threads of life that keeps the universe interesting and giving it a way of knowing itself. The colors that you see in the photo above are not for show. Each color represents an element. In fact, when you look at what common things are made from like the iron that’s in a cast iron pan or the silicon that is used to make glass. Those elements weren’t always on Earth. They came from supernova remnants like Cassiopeia A that disperse them at unfathomable speeds....

Studies Indicate Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole Dictates Star Formation

By on Jan 2, 2018 in Galaxies | 0 comments

Formation of stars is one of the most important aspects when it comes to life in the universe as well as the variety of heavy elements available in the universe. Without star formation we wouldn’t be here nor would elements like gold. Astronomers discovered that large galaxies with supermassive black holes have a lot to do with whether more stars will form or not.   A supermassive black hole has numerous effects like the gravitational effect on stars and sometimes powering the immense radiation from an active galactic nucleus (AGN). What’s fascinating is the energy flowing into the AGN is thought to turn off star formation. Why? This happens because the gas gets heated and dispelled as a result which means it doesn’t get to condense into stars by cooling down. Scientists have actually thrown this theory around for quite a while now but never had any conclusive...

10 Amazing Discoveries that Changed Astronomy in 2017

By on Dec 21, 2017 in List Post | 0 comments

We’re at the tail-end of 2017 and what a year for astronomy and space science! I’m excited to talk about ten astronomy discoveries that help shape and change 2017. I will organize these by discovery date. Let’s jump right to it!   1) NASA and European Astronomers Discover 7 Earth-Size Planets Orbiting Red Dwarf Star The search for life is one of the most critical questions for astronomy and even humanity. Are we alone in the universe or are there other life forms, even intelligent ones? Well in February of 2017, NASA and European astronomers discovered seven planets that may support life. These seven planets orbit a red dwarf, a star much smaller and cooler than ours, called TRAPPIST-1. The size of this star is only slightly larger than our gas giant Jupiter. It’s located 39.5 light-years away from Earth. That means if we had the technology to travel at the...

Cassini Grande Finale: A Spacecraft We’ll Never Forget (Presentation)

By on Sep 14, 2017 in NASA Missions | 0 comments

It’s been two amazing decades with Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. The first mission to orbit Saturn and the first mission to land on an exo-moon. The photos that Cassini brought back alone are priceless. I put together a presentation for a lunch n learn for Cassini’s Grande Finale. We will go over what the mission was, why it was important as well as what did we learn from it. I hope you enjoy this 45-minute presentation. I apologize for any inconvenience on the audio quality near the end but it does capture my entire presentation. Here are the slides if you’re interested....