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.
All About Space 15 Jul 2019, 10:06 UTC Researchers led by Mario Sucerquia, from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, and Jaime Alvarado-Montes from Australia’s Macquarie University, modelled the likely behaviour of giant exomoons predicted to form around massive planets – and discovered that they would be expelled and sent packing.
The New York Times 14 Jul 2019, 03:35 UTC David Scott and James Irwin traveled to the moon with a shopping list. Geologists wanted the two men, Apollo 15 astronauts, to collect samples that would shed light on the moon’s mysterious formation and early years. On their second day there, Aug. 1, 1971, Mr. Scott and Mr. Irwin hit the jackpot.
Sky and Telescope 14 Jul 2019, 01:46 UTC The Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma (Spektr-RG) satellite took to the skies on Saturday, July 13th, at 17:31 local time (12:31 UT). The Proton rocket carrying the spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Kazakh Steppe in Russia.