The Roundest Identified Space Object

From years of observation, scientists confirm the distant star Kepler 11145123 as the roundest natural object studied in the observable universe.  Most toy solar system sets represent the planets as perfectly rounded, all orbiting an equally circular sun. Aside from the completely inaccurate sizing of the planets relative to the …

Continue reading

Mission Update: A Successful First Juno Flyby

On August 27th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft made its closest scheduled approach to Jupiter during the first of 36 flybys.  Traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour), the spacecraft collected data from an altitude of 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the planet’s cloudy surface. During the flyby, all of Juno’s …

Continue reading

Oxygen May Not Always Lead to Life

The search for alien worlds has expanded into its own branch of astronomical research.  The prospect of finding “Earth Proxima” or Earth 2.0 not only excites the imagination, but also represents a tangible possibility in what could be the near future.  According the NASA’s Exoplanet Archive, as of August 18th, …

Continue reading

Origins: The Hubble Space Telescope

Since the 1920s, astronomers have struggled to deal with the very thing that keeps humanity alive: the atmosphere.  Although it provides a relatively stable and hospitable climate on Earth, it also makes studying the cosmos from Earth challenging.  The atmosphere absorbs ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays, an important attribute …

Continue reading