They knew it had to exist, but they just couldn’t find evidence of it. Now, after decades of searching, astrophysicists have found verification of the first molecule that formed after the Big Bang. Continue reading
We have just seen the first image of a black hole, the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87 with a mass 6.5 billion times that of our sun. But what is that image really showing us? This is an awesome paper on the topic by J.P. Luminet: Image of a spherical black hole with thin accretion disk Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 75, no. 1-2, May 1979, p. 228-235 https://ve42.co/luminet Continue reading
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is taking his first spacewalk this morning. Saint-Jacques and U.S. astronaut Anne McClain tackled battery and cable work outside the International Space Station on Monday. It was the third spacewalk in just 2½ weeks for the space station crew. Today’s walk is expected to last 6½ hours. Continue reading
Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield helps debunk (and confirm!) some common myths about space. Is there any sound in space? Does space smell like burnt steak? Is NASA working on warp speed? ONE STRANGE ROCK airs Mondays at 10/9c on National Geographic. Continue reading
How do astronauts survive the deadly radiation of deep space? NASA is still figuring out how to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation — like plastic shielding and magnetic deflectors. Continue reading
When it comes to space, 2018 was a pretty exciting year: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launched successfully, InSight landed on Mars and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques arrived on the International Space Station. The year ahead looks to be no less exciting.