SPACE.com 16 Jul 2019, 17:10 UTC The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is NASA's next flagship telescope. Expected to launch in the mid-2020s, this instrument will give astronomers a clearer and more expansive view of the universe than ever before, with the ultimate goal of answering some of the biggest mysteries in space.
Starts With a Bang! 16 Jul 2019, 15:23 UTC If you were alive in 2006, you likely remember a momentous event in astronomy: the International Astronomical Union (IAU) took it upon themselves to redefine what it meant to be a planet. While eight of the nine classical planets in our Solar System were still in, from Mercury to Neptune, the smallest and most distant among them — Pluto — was out.
Universe Today 16 Jul 2019, 10:06 UTC Astronomers have discovered, for the first time, moons forming in the disk of debris around a large exoplanet. Astronomers have suspected for a long time that this is how larger planets—like Jupiter in our own Solar System—get their moons. It’s all happening around a very young star named PDS 70, about 370 light years away in the constellation Centaurus.
NASA Space Station Blog 15 Jul 2019, 17:48 UTC Two rockets will be rolling out to their launch pads this week in Kazakhstan and Florida to blastoff to the International Space Station. The orbiting Expedition 60 trio will be welcoming three new crewmates Saturday and receive more science experiments and crew supplies next Tuesday, July 23.
New Scientist 15 Jul 2019, 16:00 UTC Many of the brightest, weirdest phenomena in space come from cataclysmic events like explosions or collisions. But many fast radio bursts (FRBs), one of the most mysterious space signals we’ve seen, must not. That might mean that they are all part of a class of FRB that we previously thought might be rare.
Starts With a Bang! 15 Jul 2019, 15:16 UTC Dark matter is one of the greatest mysteries in the Universe, displaying its effects in every massive, large-scale cosmic structure. It neither emits nor absorbs light like normal matter does, but its gravitational impact is undeniable.