NASACast Audio 2 Nov 2018, 17:19 UTC Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record for Closest Spacecraft to SunOur Parker Solar Probe is the new record holder for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object. According to calculations by the Parker Solar Probe team, on Oct. 29, the spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun’s surface, set by the Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976. When it makes its final closest approach in 2024, Parker Solar Probe is expected to be just 3.83 million miles from the Sun’s surface.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 2 Nov 2018, 11:38 UTC A new study claims the Martian moon Phobos may have been formed out of ejecta debris blasted out into space when a large asteroid slammed into the red planet soon after it formed.
NASACast 1 Nov 2018, 21:24 UTC What's Up for November? Planets, asteroid Juno, comet 46P, and a morning meteor shower.
ESOcast 31 Oct 2018, 09:00 UTC ESO’s exquisitely sensitive GRAVITY instrument has added further evidence to the long-standing assumption that a supermassive black hole lurks in the centre of the Milky Way. New observations show clumps of gas swirling around at about 30% of the speed of light on a circular orbit just outside a four million solar mass black hole — the first time material has been observed orbiting close to the point of no return, and the most detailed observations yet of material orbiting this close to a black hole.
StarDate Online 30 Oct 2018, 05:00 UTC The Skidi Pawnee of Nebraska were avid skywatchers. They used the stars to tell them when to plant corn and conduct other affairs. They worshipped many of the stars as gods. And they even built their dwellings with the stars in mind: The lodges faced the rising Sun, and they included posts that depicted the four stars that held up the sky. And they had a hole in the ceiling, in part, to make sure the residents could see the sky.
The Star Spot 29 Oct 2018, 01:00 UTC The proper relationship between science and faith is a core question for the modern age. At the centre of this debate has often been the Vatican observatory. The fascinating history of the Vatican Observatory stretches from the 18th century up to today, controversially combining scientific scholarship and religious tradition. In the last few decades the Observatory hosted a conference exploring the search for alien life and another aimed at a scientific understanding of divine action.
NASACast Audio 26 Oct 2018, 12:58 UTC Bob Jacobs, Bert Ulrich, and Bill Barry share stories of NASA working closely with filmmakers on features and documentaries. The cast and crew of "First Man" and family members of the real astronauts portrayed in the film also share their perspective on human spaceflight. This episode was recorded on October 15, 2018.
StarDate Online 25 Oct 2018, 05:00 UTC Fifteen years ago as seen from Earth, a star in a distant galaxy suffered a violent death: It was pulled apart by a black hole. As the star was ripped to shreds, it produced an outburst of X-rays. Over the following decade, it slowly cooled and faded.