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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The quest to discover whether a planet orbiting our closest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri (4.2 light-years or 25 trillion miles from Earth), could support life has taken a new, exhilarating twist. The planet was only discovered in August 2016, and is thought to be of similar size to Earth, creating the possibility that it could have an Earth-like atmosphere. Scientists from the University [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Sometimes a brown dwarf star is actually a planet—or planet-like anyway. A team led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné, and including researchers from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), and University of California San Diego, discovered that what astronomers had previously thought was one of the closest brown [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s flying observatory, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), recently completed a detailed study of the planetary system around the nearby star Epsilon Eridani. The investigations confirmed that this planetary system has an architecture remarkably similar to that of our solar system. Located 10.5 light-years away in the southern constellation Eridanus, the Epsilon [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Scientists will now be able to measure how fast the universe is truly expanding with the kind of precision not possible before. This, after an international team of astronomers led by Stockholm University, Sweden, captured four distinct images of a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova, named iPTF16geu. To get a high-resolution view, the discovery team used the W. M. Keck Observatory’s [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is likely produced through chemical reactions between the moon’s rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team’s discovery suggests that [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

How time and our spacecraft fly—especially when you’re making history at 32,000 miles per hour! Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto—its storied first target—to 2014 MU69, the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) it will fly past on Jan. 1, 2019. The spacecraft reached that milestone on [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. “No spacecraft has ever gone through the unique region that we’ll attempt to boldly [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Global Astronomy Month 2017 (GAM2017) fills the entire month of April again with exciting programs for astronomy enthusiasts worldwide. Whether it’s stargazing, sharing with the public, or experiencing the cosmos in art and poetry, there is something for everyone in GAM 2017. Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized each April by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world’s largest annual [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Images returned from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place—full of growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders. Moving material buried some features on the comet’s surface while exhuming others. “As comets approach [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

An enormous young planet approximately 300 light-years from Earth has given astrophysicists a rare glimpse into planetary evolution. The planet, known as HD 106906b, was discovered in 2014 by a team of scientists from the U.S., the Netherlands and Italy. It is 11 times the mass of Jupiter and is extremely young by celestial standards—not more than 13 million years old, compared with our own [...]

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