Astronomy Now 11 May 2020, 16:11 UTC Engineers working on NASA’s Perseverance rover mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have begun the process of placing the Mars-bound rover and other spacecraft components into the configuration they’ll be in as they ride on top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The launch period for the mission opens on July 17 – just 70 days from now.
Starts With a Bang! 11 May 2020, 14:01 UTC The Ultra-Deep and eXtreme Deep Fields have revealed the Universe as never before. Here’s what lies inside.
NASA Space Station Blog 8 May 2020, 16:14 UTC Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus resupply ship is packed for departure on Monday and will continue more science before its ultimate demise at the end of May. Meanwhile, two Expedition 63 Flight Engineers are maintaining International Space Station operations as the Commander takes a break today.
The Planetary Society Blog 8 May 2020, 11:00 UTC Venus, the 2nd planet from our Sun, may have had oceans and been habitable to life before being transformed into an inhospitable wasteland.
New Scientist 8 May 2020, 07:00 UTC When a star passes another star, any planets orbiting them can be flung into space, destroying what could once have been hospitable solar systems. And while rare in the outer parts of our galaxy, such events might be common in the inner regions of the Milky Way.
Universe Today 7 May 2020, 21:48 UTC Astronomy is advancing to the point where we can see planets forming around young stars. This was an unthinkable development only a few years ago. In fact, it was only two years ago that astronomers captured the first image of a newly-forming planet.
Universe Today 7 May 2020, 12:52 UTC If you look out on the sky on a nice clear dark night, you’ll see thousands of intense points of light. Those stars are incredibly far away, but bright enough to be seen with the naked eye from that great distance – a considerable feat. But what you don’t see are all the small stars, the red dwarfs, too small and dim to be seen at those same distances.