Tuesday, 26 June, 2018

Category: Astronomy

Preparing For The Asteroid Apocalypse

Preparing For The Asteroid Apocalypse

Among Earth’s natural disasters—hurricanes, floods, earthquakes—the one humans probably ponder least is asteroids, huge objects zipping through our solar system at ludicrous speeds. Federal officials call an asteroid or comet collision “low probability, but high consequence,” NASA-speak for it will probably never happen, but if it does we’re toast. With that in mind, the U.S. and

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The Grus Constellation

The Grus Constellation

Grus is a constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the crane. It is one of twelve constellations conceived by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. Grus first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam by Plancius and Jodocus Hondius and was depicted in Johann Bayer’s star atlas Uranometria of 1603. French

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The Gemini Constellation

The Gemini Constellation

Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It was one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century AD astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. Its name is Latin for “twins,” and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology. Gemini lies between Taurus to the west and Cancer to the

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Mysterious Objects Detected Coming Too Close To The Milky Way’s Black Hole

Mysterious Objects Detected Coming Too Close To The Milky Way’s Black Hole

During the 1970s, astronomer became aware of a massive radio source at the centre of our galaxy that they later realised was a Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH) – which has since been named Sagittarius A*. And in a recent survey conducted by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers discovered evidence for hundreds or even thousands

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The Equuleus Constellation

The Equuleus Constellation

Equuleus is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Its name is Latin for ‘little horse,’ a foal. It was It is the second smallest of the modern constellations (after Crux), spanning only 72 square degrees. It is also very faint, having no

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The Dorado Constellation

The Dorado Constellation

Dorado is a constellation in the southern sky. It was named in the late 16th century and is now one of the 88 modern constellations. Its name refers to the dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus), which is known as dorado in Portuguese, although it has also been depicted as a swordfish. Dorado contains most of the Large Magellanic Cloud, the remainder being

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ExoMar’s First Photos From Orbit

ExoMar’s First Photos From Orbit

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter entered the Martian atmosphere in October 2016. Almost two years later, it’s finally manoeuvred itself into a position to begin its two mission directives: Sniff out Mars’ atmosphere for some gnarly fart clouds and take some dope space pics. The spacecraft achieved a nearly circular orbit, roughly 249 miles (400 kilometres)

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The Delphinus Constellation

The Delphinus Constellation

Delphinus is a constellation in the northern sky, close to the celestial equator. Its name is Latin for dolphin. Delphinus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains among the 88 modern constellations recognised by the International Astronomical Union. It is one of the smaller constellations, ranked 69th in size. It

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The Cygnus Constellation

The Cygnus Constellation

Cygnus is a northern constellation lying on the plane of the Milky Way, deriving its name from the Latinized Greek word for swan. The swan is one of the most recognisable constellations of the northern summer and autumn, and it features a prominent asterism known as the Northern Cross. Cygnus was among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy,

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The Crater Constellation

The Crater Constellation

The Crater is a small constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. Its name means “cup” in Latin. One of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, it has been associated with the god Apollo and is perched on the back of Hydra, the water snake. Covering 282.4 square degrees and hence 0.685% of the sky, Crater ranks

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Corona Borealis Constellation

The Corona Borealis Constellation

Corona Borealis is a small constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. It is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Its brightest stars form a semicircular arc. Its Latin name, inspired by its shape, means “northern crown.” In classical mythology, Corona Borealis generally represented the crown given by the god Dionysus to

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Tiangong-1 Crashing To Earth

Tiangong-1 Crashing To Earth

Tiangong-1 (Chinese literally: “Celestial Palace 1”) is China’s first prototype space station, serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities. Launched unmanned aboard a Long March 2F/Grocket on 29 September 2011, it is the first operational component of the Tiangong programme, which aims to place a larger, modular station into orbit by 2023. Tiangong-1

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The Corona Australis Constellation

Corona Australis is a constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. Its Latin name means “southern crown,” and it is the southern counterpart of Corona Borealis, the northern crown. It is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. The Ancient Greeks saw Corona Australis

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