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This Giant Iceberg Has Been Sailing the Southern Seas for Three Years Now

An iceberg that calved off of from a larger ice formation has spent three years floating on the ocean near Antarctica. The iceberg broke off of the Larsen Ice Shelf in mid-July 2017. It’s been battered and split up into three pieces, but it’s still going. In July 2017, satellites spotted the calving event, as … Continue reading "This Giant Iceberg...

NASA and HeroX are Looking to Light Up the Moon!

With a prize purse of up to $5 million, NASA and HeroX are looking for ideas on how we could provide sustainable power for astronauts exploring the Moon and Mars! The post NASA and HeroX are Looking to Light Up the Moon! appeared first on Universe Today.

NASA has a Pretty Big Checklist for Boeing to Fix on Starliner

Boeing need to fulfill a pretty long checklist in order to get the Starliner ready for flight, but safety is first and foremost! The post NASA has a Pretty Big Checklist for Boeing to Fix on Starliner appeared first on Universe Today.

Even If We Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tomorrow, it Would Take Decades for the Earth to Start Cooling Again

If—or hopefully when—we cut our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, we won’t notice much difference in the climate. The Earth’s natural systems take time to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. We may have to wait decades for the temperatures to drop. Of course, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. It’s just that we have to … Continue reading "Even If...

That’s So Metal. NASA’s Psyche Mission is Now Under Construction

In August of 2022, NASA will send a robotic spacecraft to the Main Asteroid Belt to explore a truly unique object: a metal asteroid. This object is known as 16 Psyche, is one of the largest asteroids in the Belt, and is composed almost entirely of iron and nickel. The most widely-accepted theory is that … Continue reading "That’s So Metal. NASA’s...

Now You Can Build Your Own Curiosity Rover

The open source movement has been a fixture in the software and electronics worlds for over a decade now.  Open source components serve as the basis from everything from 3D printed Iron Man figures to the Linux computer operating system.  Now there’s a new open source project that ambitious creatives can undertake: building their very … Continue...

If Planet 9 is a Primordial Black Hole, We Might Be Able to See Flares When it Consumes Comets

A comet-eating black hole the size of a planet? It’s possible. And if there’s one out there in the distant Solar System, a pair of researchers think they know how to find it. If they do, we might finally put the Planet 9 issue to rest. The researchers are Dr. Avi Loeb, a Professor of … Continue reading "If Planet 9 is a Primordial Black Hole, We...

Earth’s Magnetic Field is Changing Surprisingly Quickly

The Earth's magnetic North pole has been moving awfully fast in recent years. But there's nothing to worry about. The post Earth’s Magnetic Field is Changing Surprisingly Quickly appeared first on Universe Today.

Why Lava Tubes Should be Our Top Exploration Priority on Other Worlds

When magma comes out of the Earth onto the surface, it flows as lava. Those lava flows are fascinating to watch, and they leave behind some unique landforms and rocks. But a lot of what’s fascinating about these flows can be hidden underground, as lava tubes. These lava tubes are turning out to be a … Continue reading "Why Lava Tubes Should be Our...

New Zealand just got its first International Dark Sky Park

As light pollution around the world increases, we are losing our access to the night sky. Thankfully, dark sky preserves and parks do exactly what their names suggest – preserve the night sky as our ancestors knew it. And recently, the Wai-iti Recreational Reserve and Tunnicliff Forest has been accredited, offering stargazers in New Zealand … Continue...

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