Hubble image showcases cluster with mass of three million billion suns

The massive galaxy cluster known as El Gordo boasts a mass of 3 million billion suns. Photo by NASA/ESA/Hubble Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows what the mass of three million billion suns looks like. The image, shared Tuesday by NASA, features ACT-CLJ0102-4915, a massive cluster known as El [...]

2018-01-17T13:19:41+00:00January 17th, 2018|

Is ET real? Mysterious radio blasts from a distant galaxy draw attention of alien hunters

Is ET real? Mysterious radio blasts from a distant galaxy draw attention of alien hunters January 12, 2018 2:45 PM Repeating bursts of radio waves coming from a distant dwarf galaxy probably aren't signals from an extraterrestrial civilization, but that hasn't stopped a group of E.T. hunters from investigating this peculiar phenomenon. Repeating bursts of [...]

2018-01-14T02:59:20+00:00January 14th, 2018|

Geminid meteor shower to peak overnight Wednesday

December's Geminids are expected to be the best meteor shower of the year. Photo by Asim Patel/Wikimedia/CC Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Prepare to be wowed -- and cold. The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, as temperatures dip across much of the United States. For those willing to brave the cold -- or for those in Florida [...]

2017-12-13T15:10:53+00:00December 13th, 2017|

Meteors delivered just the right amount of salt to jumpstart life on

Scientists reexamined halogen levels in ancient meteorite samples. Photo by University of Manchester Dec. 5 (UPI) -- New analysis confirms the meteorites that formed Earth delivered just the right amount of salt to support life. Naturally occurring salts called halogens, including chlorine, bromine and iodine, are needed to support life. High concentrations of salts, however, can [...]

2017-12-06T21:18:38+00:00December 6th, 2017|

Watch NASA test the supersonic parachute for the 2020 Mars mission

Still from NASA YouTube video (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Last month, NASA took another step towards the Red Planet with a test of its supersonic parachute, designed to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at more than 12,000 mph. A dramatic video on board the test flight captured the parachute opening flawlessly at nearly [...]

2017-11-24T16:12:28+00:00November 24th, 2017|

NASA telescope tracks oddball comet 45P

Comet 45P, as seen with a telescope on December 22 from Namibia. Photo by Gerald Rhemann/NASA  Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Fresh observations of comet 45P suggest the icy orb is an oddball, boasting a chemical composition unlike any comet studied thus far. Researchers at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii tracked the comet as it whizzed [...]

2017-11-23T13:11:06+00:00November 23rd, 2017|

Sunrise colors space station image of approaching cargo ship

Sunrise colors space station image of approaching cargo ship Nov. 17 (UPI) -- An image captured this week from the vantage of the International Space Station revealed the approach of Orbital ATK's Cygnus resupply ship, which was launched last weekend. The image, shared Thursday by NASA, is tinged with the golden hue of the sunrise. Awash in sunlight, [...]

2017-11-18T14:50:28+00:00November 18th, 2017|

Newly discovered Earth-sized planet looks to be life-friendly

An artist's impression of Ross 128 b and its host star, an inactive red dwarf. Photo by ESO/M. Kornmesser Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Scientist have discovered a nearby Earth-like exoplanet with conditions favorable to life. The planet orbits Ross 128, an inactive red dwarf star. The small, dim and quiet sun translates to moderate temperatures on [...]

2017-11-16T00:55:05+00:00November 16th, 2017|