Tomorrow, Nov. 12, may mark the first time humans have soft-landed on a comet. If this is successful it will be courtesy of The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft which is currently orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it speeds through space. Rosetta will release a lander, called Philae, down to the comet’s surface tomorrow while three different space-focused organizations host Rosetta webcasts for all to watch.
The Gaia Satellite was launched on December 19 of last year. It’s mission: to chart a 3D map of the Milky Way Galaxy by surveying more than 1 billion stars. Even though that’s just 1 percent of the stars in the galaxy, its goal is to make the largest, most precise map of where Earth dwells by observing the position of these stars 70 times over five years. Among other things, this could result in the discovery of up to 70,000 additional alien planets.
Today, Oct. 23rd, most of the United States and Canada will be able to view the partial solar eclipse that will start at about 6pm EST. An eclipse, of course, is when an astronomical body is obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or having another body pass between it and the viewer . To mark the occasion I thought it would be interesting if we looked at some other moons in our solar system. So here are ten quick facts about all those moons that orbit the planets.
In the evening hours of this Thursday October 23, 2014 a partial solar eclipse will be visible here in Baton Rouge, weather permitting. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. On Thursday, the center of the Moon’s shadow will miss the Earth, but a partial eclipse will be visible before sunset across most of North America. If you want to see a total eclipse you’ll have to wait a few more years.
On Wednesday, Oct. 8th, there will be a unique spectacle in the sky: a lunar eclipse.
Let’s take a look at how lunar eclipses occur, why the moon appears to turn red, and the best way to photograph it for ourselves.
For the first time, scientists have discovered water on a planet that is smaller than Jupiter. This is an important discovery because, previous to this find, scientists were unable to see through the cloud layer of smaller, warm planets. With this recent discovery, scientists now have a better chance of discovering an Earth 2.0
Yesterday, NASA awarded contracts to Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to bring astronauts back into space. This signals the agency’s return to manned space flight after the end of the space shuttle program.
NASA is one step closer to putting humans back into space. Watch the conference here…
If you think about it, it’s amazing enough that we reside in a solar system within a galaxy that is spinning around a black hole. The sheer enormity of this galaxy is astonishing on its own. But I bet there were some things about our galaxy that you didn’t know: How many possible intelligent alien civilizations could be out there? What is The Great Attractor? And how about that raspberry smelling gas cloud? Yes, there are some very curious details about our galaxy that not a lot of people know. So let’s get into the Ten Most Amazing Facts About The Milky Way Galaxy:
Just last Wednesday a huge solar flare erupted out of the sun. And now it’s heading towards Earth.