NASA: Space Shuttle and International Space Station News 6 Jun 2018, 12:08 UTC Three crew members are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m. EDT Wednesday (5:12 p.m. Baikonur time). The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos is scheduled to dock to the space station’s Rassvet module at 9:07 a.m. Friday, June 8. Coverage of docking will begin at 8:15 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website, followed at 10:30 a.m. by coverage of the opening of hatches between the spacecraft and station.
Discover 5 Jun 2018, 17:43 UTC I love Pluto. I grew up entranced by this strange little world: What could you be, you rebel that doesn’t seem to follow any of the rules? I even wrote a childhood letter to a local astronomer, offering my homespun hypothesis that Pluto might be a captured fragment of an exploded star. When the New Horizons spacecraft finally revealed the true face of Pluto, I was right there at mission control in Langley, Maryland, to watch the images as they came in.
SPACE.com 5 Jun 2018, 11:04 UTC Small but rowdy space rocks pushing and jostling one another may have created the unusual orbits some astronomers cite as the signature of the hypothesized "Planet Nine," a new study suggests. To date, researchers have discovered more than 2,300 bodies in the cold, distant realm beyond Neptune's orbit. The huge number of these trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) makes it computationally intensive to model the evolution of their orbits. However, the new study suggests that the complex gravitational dances among TNOs can be enough to send some, such as the dwarf planet Sedna, onto odd and intriguing paths.
Scientific American 5 Jun 2018, 10:45 UTC Inside a neutron star—the city-size, hyperdense cinder left after a supernova—modern physics plunges off the edge of the map. There, gravity squeezes matter to densities several times greater than those found in the nucleus of an atom, creating what theorists suspect could be a breeding ground for never-before-seen exotic particles and interactions. But densities this high cannot be probed by laboratory experiments, and remain too challenging for even today’s most powerful computers to tackle.
ABC 5 Jun 2018, 05:18 UTC An asteroid on a collision course with Earth has burned up in the evening sky over southern Africa eight hours after first being noticed. The asteroid, dubbed 2018 LA, was discovered out near the Moon's orbit early on Saturday morning. Asteroid trackers at NASA and elsewhere determined the rock to be about 2 metres wide. Automated alerts were sent out to the community of asteroid observers to obtain further observations, and to the Planetary Defence Coordination Office at NASA headquarters in Washington.
Galaxy Zoo Blog 4 Jun 2018, 20:21 UTC A few of the Galaxy Zoo science team were in Alabama last week for a conference all about Galactic Rings.
Astrobiology Magazine 4 Jun 2018, 18:30 UTC Fresh insight into how stars are formed is challenging scientists' understanding of the Universe.
Sky and Telescope 4 Jun 2018, 13:00 UTC Jupiter, with its 67 known moons,can be viewed as a miniature solar system revolving around the Sun. Four of these moons are large enough to be visible with even a small telescope. These so-called Galilean satellites — Io, Europe, Ganymede, and Callisto — are of nearly planetary size.