Astronomy Now 8 Mar 2021, 11:00 UTC Astronaut Andrew Morgan, floating in the multi-window cupola compartment aboard the International Space Station, used a 16mm fisheye lens to capture a wide-angle view of Africa, the Middle East and the Levant, showing the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the verdant Nile River and delta, the Gulf of Suez, Israel and the Dead Sea, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. While such wide-angle views from the station are more of an exception than a rule, they allow for unique views like this one, encompassing landscapes on two continents. Morgan snapped the picture on 18 August 2019.
SPACE.com 7 Mar 2021, 12:22 UTC Astrophysicists have an idea that could help to solve two mysteries: the abundance of super-high-energy radiation at the center of our galaxy and the identity of dark matter. The idea has a super-cool name: gravity portals. When two dark matter particles get sucked into one of these portals, they obliterate each other and spit out strong gamma rays.
Universe Today 5 Mar 2021, 15:46 UTC There are hurricanes in space. Researchers looking through archival data found evidence of a previously unobserved phenomenon — a giant swirling mass of plasma above Earth’s northern polar region. The “space hurricane,” as the science team calls it, churned for hours, raining down electrons instead of water.
NASA Space Station Blog 5 Mar 2021, 11:39 UTC NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi have begun their spacewalk outside the International Space Station to complete the installation of modification kits in preparation for upcoming solar array upgrades.
Bad Astronomy 4 Mar 2021, 14:00 UTC There is a type of cloud in space called a cometary globule — a blob of dense gas and dust, usually a light year or so across, with a long tail of material that can stream for several light years.
Universe Today 2 Mar 2021, 19:42 UTC Jupiter is notorious for capturing objects that venture too close to the gas giant and its enormous pull of gravity. Asteroids known as Jupiter Trojans are a large group of space rocks that have been snared by the planet, which usually remain in a stable orbit near one of the Jupiter’s Lagrangian points.
Bad Astronomy 2 Mar 2021, 14:00 UTC The Sun swings around its galactic orbit alone, a solo voyage through space. But for half the stars in the Milky Way that's not the case. They exist with a companion, a duo traveling the cosmos together. Bound by gravity, these binary stars come in a bewildering variety of characteristics and in many ways are the key to understanding the cosmos.