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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by Pluto last year, it revealed tantalizing clues that the dwarf planet might have—or had at one time—a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a new analysis led by Brown University, such an ocean likely still exists today. The study, which used a thermal evolution model for Pluto updated with data from New Horizons, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

If you cast your eyes toward the constellation Cygnus the Swan, you’ll be looking in the direction of the largest planet yet discovered around a double-star system. It’s too faint to see with the naked eye, but a team led by astronomers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and San Diego State University used the Kepler Space Telescope to identify the new planet, Kepler-1647b. Planets [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Before humans could take their first steps on the Moon, that mysterious and forbidding surface had to be reconnoitered by robots. In 1961, When President John Kennedy set a goal of landing astronauts on the lunar surface, little was known of that world, beyond what could be gleaned from observations by telescopes. Was the surface solid enough to support the 33,500-pound Apollo lunar lander? Or [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable, a team of astronomers reports. The planet, which is about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra, is approximately 40 percent larger than Earth. At that size, Kepler-62f is within the range of planets that are likely to be rocky and possibly could have oceans, said Aomawa Shields, the study’s lead [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

During May 2016 the Earth and Mars get closer to each other than at any time in the last ten years. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has exploited this special configuration to catch a new image of our red neighbor, showing some of its famous surface features. This image supplements previous Hubble observations of Mars and allows astronomers to study large-scale changes on its surface. On [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Haumea, a dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system, doesn’t have the same kind of moons as its well-known cousin Pluto, according to a new study. This is despite original evidence that suggested they both formed in similar giant impacts and adds to the mystery shrouding how these icy bodies formed. Haumea, named for the Hawaiian goddess of fertility and childbirth, has two known [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Kepler mission (www.nasa.gov/kepler) has verified 1,284 new planets—the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a rare celestial event, with coverage of the transit of the Sun by planet Mercury during the morning of Monday, May 9. Mercury passes directly between Earth and the Sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Viewing this event safely requires a telescope fitted with a solar filter. NASA offers several ways for the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

No, it’s not Star Trek yet, but it could be a way to reach the stars within the lifetime of many of us. The initiative is called Breakthrough Starshot—a research and engineering project by Breakthrough Initiatives to develop a proof-of-concept fleet of tiny light sail spacecraft, called StarChips, capable of making the journey to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.37 light-years away, at [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Jupiter’s moon Europa is under a constant gravitational assault. As it orbits, Europa’s icy surface heaves and falls with the pull of Jupiter’s gravity, creating enough heat, scientists think, to support a global ocean under the ice—an ocean that could be a habitat for life. Now, experiments by geoscientists from Brown and Columbia universities suggest that this process, called tidal [...]

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