The world's largest radio telescope was put into use on Sunday in a mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou Province. Shortly after noon, in a karst valley in Pingtang County, hundreds of astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts witnessed the official launch of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope's (FAST) mission to explore space and hunt for extraterrestrial life.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
The universe is expanding uniformly according to research led by the University College London (UCL) which reports that space isn’t stretching in a preferred direction or spinning. The new study, published in Physical Review Letters, studied the cosmic microwave background (CMB) which is the remnant radiation from the Big Bang. It shows the universe expands the same way in all directions, supporting the assumptions made in cosmologists’ standard model of the universe.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Brief but powerful outbursts seen from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko during its most active period last year have been traced back to their origins on the surface. In the three months centered around the comet’s closest approach to the Sun, on 13 August 2015, Rosetta’s cameras captured 34 outbursts.
In the last century, humans realized that space is filled with types of light we can’t see – from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background that comes from every corner of the universe. Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly contended over the past few decades.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Writing about astronomy for your dissertation may seem like a universal endeavor. In fact, your thoughts may feel as if they are being sucked into a black hole rather than pouring out on the page. However, preparing your astronomy dissertation doesn’t have to be as challenging as you think it is. If you will employ these writing tips from experts, you will find this astronomical assignment considerably easier.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will conduct on Monday, Sept. 26, the longest mission of its PLSV booster that is slated to deliver eight satellites into orbit. The rocket will thunder off from First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, at 9:12 a.m. local time (3:42 GMT, 11:42 p.m. EDT on Sept. 25).
Thursday, September 22, 2016
China’s first space laboratory called Tiangong-1 (“Heavenly Palace” in Chinese) is expected to re-enter atmosphere in the second half of 2017, according to Chinese officials. While most parts of the spacecraft will burn up during falling, there are worries that some pieces may hit the ground.