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Red Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Going Supernova Soon? Not quite

By on Dec 26, 2019 in Breaking News | 0 comments

There has been lots of buzz in the Astro community about whether Betelgeuse will be supernova or not. Well, let’s catch you up quickly on the background. TL;DR version here Betelgeuse is a huge star that is about 11-20 times larger than our own Sun! In fact, if it was placed where our Sun is that it would reach as far as Jupiter, engulfing Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Now, when we think about the most fantastic and terrifying explosions in the universe you might hear or think of supernova. If you start asking the question what’s the nearest star to us that will go supernova next? Then you land on Betelgeuse. It’s a widely known fact but no cause for alarm. It takes tens of thousands of years for a star to go down this path of going supernova. There’s a wonderful simulation of how frantic this process is over a time period of 16 years. Check out the following...

First Discovery of Black Hole that Actually Prevents Star Formation in Phoenix Galaxy Cluster

By on Dec 21, 2019 in Galaxies | 0 comments

Let’s take a journey 5.7 billion light-years away from Earth and find ourselves looking at the beautiful Phoenix Galaxy Cluster. This cluster is one of the most massive galaxy clusters so far discovered by astronomers. It’s so big that it would take you 1.1 million years travelling at the speed of light to go from the center to the outer edges of the halo. Check it out in its full glory here: Credit: NASA/Chandra At the center of the gargantuan galaxy cluster is a supermassive black hole that is about a thousand times more massive than our own! What’s even more fascinating is the galaxy at the center contains so much hot gas that it has more normal matter at the center than all the galaxies surrounding it combined! Furthermore, the odd thing is even though there is so much normal mass and hot gas, the supermassive black hole doesn’t have any active jets or...

Future Space Missions I’m Excited About

By on Dec 3, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

It’s one of the most exciting times to be alive when it comes to space exploration. For starters, we are finally going back to the Moon and will get to experience it in much greater detail than ever before. This got me thinking about what agencies like NASA, ESA, or ISRO have planned in the next 5 or even 10 years. After some research, here are some space missions I am excited about. Let’s jump into it! NASA (National Aeronautics Space Administration) ESA (European Space Agency)ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) Future NASA Missions ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer) – 2019 Artist depiction of the ICON satellite Here’s a mission that happened recently. This is NASA’s ICON mission or the Ionospheric Connection Explorer. The ICON mission will study where space weather and Earth weather meet. What’s interesting is this mission will orbit even...

The Awe-Inspiring and Sad Story of Star R Aquarii

By on May 27, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

Located about 710 light-years away from Earth is a red giant star called R Aquarii. A red giant star is a star that is at the end of its stellar evolution. It’s what will eventually happen to our own Sun. However, there is a lot going on in the photo below and actually, there are two stars in this photo. This story is about these two stars tangled in destiny. Credit: Hubble/NASA/ESA Let’s start with what is happening inside the red giant star R Aquarii. As it’s going through the last hurrah of its life the star is constantly contracting and expanding. As Phil Plait describes it, there is a small instability occurring in the star which triggers these physical contracts and expansions. As it contracts the star gets hotter. Then the pressure increases and the star starts to slow down the contraction and start to expand the star physically. This whole process lasts about...

Canada Announces Going to the Moon

By on Feb 28, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

Canada’s involvement with space exploration ranges from sending one of our astronauts like the infamous Chris Hadfield to lending a hand or a robotic arm to the ISS. Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canada will contribute a smart robotic system to NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway (LOP-G) program. An artist’s concept of Canada’s smart robotic system located on the exterior of the Gateway, a small space station in orbit around the Moon. (Credits:Canadian Space Agency, NASA) Cool, so what’s Canada contributing eh? It will include a new robotic arm called Canadarm3 and other tools and specialized equipment that will be used by said arm. What’s exciting about this announcement is that Canada is the first country to officially sign on to the Lunar orbital gateway program. Why this is exciting is it sets a precedent that Canada is serious...