How do astronomers measure stars in a three-dimensional sky?

Anyone interested in astronomy realizes that the stars are scattered through three-dimensional space and not, as the ancients thought, points of light affixed to a celestial sphere. The night sky has often appeared to many as a kind of ceiling or vault. Stars in general are distributed randomly in space. Their various patterns and configurations … Read more

Europe’s new weather satellite sets sail

Applications 09/30/2022 17 views 0 likes The first of Europe’s Meteosat Third Generation satellites is now safely aboard a ship and making its way across the Atlantic to French Guiana where it will be readied for liftoff in December. Once launched into geostationary orbit, 36 000 km above Earth, this new satellite, which carries two … Read more

Firefly ready for another try to launch test flight of smallsat rocket – Spaceflight Now

Firefly’s Alpha rocket stands on its launch pad Sept. 29 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now After a delay of several weeks due to technical issues, bad weather, and a busy launch range, Firefly Aerospace is set to try again early Friday to send its commercial small satellite launcher … Read more

Lego International Space Station review

We can imagine that 21321 International Space Station (ISS) might be a divisive set among Lego collectors (we’re emphasizing ‘collector’ because this is one of those sets that’s definitely not a toy). Essential info: Price: $69.99/£59.99 Model number: 21321 Pieces: 864 Finished dimensions: 51cm x 20cm x 31cm Recommended age: 16+ For the spaceflight fans, … Read more

RoboCop streaming guide: Where to watch the RoboCop movies online

The streets are getting rough out there and the corporations are tightening their grip further, so it’s probably a better idea to stay at home and watch an awesome set of films from our RoboCop streaming guide. Ever since his first outing in 1987, this metal-clad hero has been cleaning up Detroit with the intent … Read more

JWST spots ‘Sparkler Galaxy’ that could host universe’s 1st stars

The first science-quality image revealed from NASA’s newest space telescope contained a hidden treasure in the form of a sparking distant galaxy surrounded by dense clusters that could contain some of the universe’s first stars. That image, the first deep-field image from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), offered a stunning array of galaxies. And … Read more

Webb and Hubble capture detailed views of DART impact

Science & Exploration 09/29/2022 5 views 0 likes Two of the great space observatories, the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have captured views of a unique experiment to smash a spacecraft into a small asteroid. Observations of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impact mark the first time that … Read more

NASA spacecraft smashes into asteroid in first planetary defense test – Spaceflight Now

The long-range navigation camera on NASA’s DART spacecraft captured this view of asteroid Dimorphos moments before impact. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL A $330 million NASA mission completed what amounts to an interplanetary game of darts Monday night with an on-target collision with a space rock nearly 7 million miles from Earth, testing a technique that scientists could … Read more

SpaceX, ULA postpones launches as Hurricane Ian moves toward Florida – Spaceflight Now

A view from NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite of Hurricane Ian making landfall in Southwest Florida on Sept. 28. Credit: NOAA The forecast track of Hurricane Ian across Central Florida has forced SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to postpone several upcoming launches at Cape Canaveral, including the next crew flight to the International Space Station, a … Read more