The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of the super-dense neutron star at the heart of the famous Crab Nebula. The nebula resulted from one of the earliest supernovae to be recorded by human beings, and its striking form has made it a popular target for amateur and professional astronomers alike.
A lunar map used by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to help them navigate their historic moon landing has surfaced, 47 years after the mission.
The section of photographic film shows Lunar Module Eagle’s projected descent path as it approached the moon’s surface, carrying the men who would become the first to walk on the moon.
The map is even signed by Buzz Aldrin himself, with the words ‘Carried in the Eagle to the Lunar Surface on Apollo XI’.
ESA has provided a preview of its plan to net space debris by unveiling a prototype net gun designed to envelope and capture tumbling dead satellites. Wojtek Gołebiowski of Poland’s SKA Polska, which is developing the gun under a contract with the space agency, used a small version to target and take down a low-flying drone at the Industry Days event for ESA’s Clean Space initiative.
The first attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure today as astronauts and engineers assess the situation.
Alien hunters and conspiracy theorists have come up with a lot of interesting ideas from watching footage of space – suggesting there could be a crucifix on Mars or giant pillars on the moon.
Their latest claim is that the International Space Station has a ‘secret weapon’ on board and has been firing missiles at Earth.
Pictures captured from Nasa’s live feed have sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy, claiming it shows an ‘interesting UFO or missile’ being released from the ISS.
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The Kepler telescope has discovered 1,284 new exoplanets, doubling the number of known alien worlds.
Nearly 550 of the new planets could be rocky planets like Earth, and nine of these are in their habitable zone – meaning they could host life.
‘This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth,’ said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at Nasa.
The announcement was made today at an eagerly awaited Nasa press conference.
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Astronomers have discovered signs of a massive stellar explosion 30 million years ago that would have produced the equivalent force of millions of suns blowing up all at once.
The ancient star would have ballooned to 200 times the size of the sun and the epic blast would have spewed out material into the universe at 36 million kilometres an hour (22.4 million mph).
Researchers believe that their analysis of the supernova, which has been visible in the night sky since 2013, can teach us more about the violent deaths of stars in the universe.
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It took Voyager 1 over 30 years to reach interstellar space, but NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama is testing a new technology that could cut that time by two thirds. The Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS) or E-sail concept is a novel form of propellant-less propulsion that catches the solar winds on electric sails and holds the promise of cutting the travel time from Earth to the heliopause – about 123 AU (18 billion km, 11 billion mi) from the Sun – to under 10 years.
Supermassive black holes patrolling our local region of space may be more common than previously thought after astronomers made a surprise discovery.
A new object with the mass of 17 billion suns has been found in a sparsely-populated area of the local universe, just 200 million light-years from Earth.
This makes it one of the most massive black holes ever discovered, and it’s in a region of space thought to be mostly empty.
In recent years, mankind has become very good at finding other planets. Using instruments like the Kepler Space Telescope, scientists have, to date, discovered over 2,000 planets outside our Solar System, but what if some of those planets are inhabited by beings we’d rather not talk to, much less have drop in? Just in case any potential visitors are less ET and more Aliens, a pair of Columbia University scientists have figured out how to use lasers to hide the Earth from prying eyes by camouflaging its light signature.