Astronomy For Equity: Building Hope Through the Night Sky

Have you ever attended a star party, where amateur astronomers set up telescopes and invite the public to take a look at the night sky? If so, then you understand and appreciate how much these part-time but incredibly enthusiastic stargazers love to share the wonders of our Universe with others. That type of passion and … Read more

50 years ago, NASA’s Copernicus set the bar for space astronomy

Illustration of NASA’s Copernicus satellite. Credit: NASA At 6:28 am EDT on Aug. 21, 1972, NASA’s Copernicus satellite, the heaviest and most complex space telescope of its time, lit up the sky as it ascended into orbit from Launch Complex 36B at what is now Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Initially known as Orbiting … Read more

Astronomy team finds evidence of galactic metal shrouded in dust

NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory enabled a UCI-led team of astronomers to study infrared emissions from five nearby galaxies. The researchers found more metal than expected in the intergalactic medium, a result that would have been difficult to achieve without the power of viewing infrared radiation through thick galactic dust. Credit: Jim Ross / NASA A … Read more

Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

(Image credit: Shutterstock) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Karlie Noon, Astronomer, Australian National University Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples worldwide have observed, tracked and memorized all the visible objects in the night sky. This ancient star knowledge was meticulously ingrained with … Read more

Effects of Large Satellite Constellations on Astronomy – Explaining Science

Many of you will have seen the images back in 2019 which showed long ‘trains’ composed of up to sixty SpaceX Starlink satellites crossing the sky in a straight line. These pictures hit the headlines not only because of the number of satellites, but because of their brightness. A ‘train’ of SpaceX Starlink satellites, the … Read more