Science

Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

4 hours 26 min ago
Five quadrillion solar masses – and you'll need a Farcaster to get there

An international team of astronomers have stumbled upon the largest and oldest galaxy supercluster found to date, measuring more than four quadrillion solar masses.…

NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

Tue, 2018-10-16 06:53
X-ray probe could be awake by end of this week

NASA's rough month is improving somewhat: the American space agency is spinning up a spare gyroscope to bring the orbiting Chandra X-Ray Observatory back online by the end of the week, and it reckons it can wake the Hubble Space Telescope soon.…

NASA Administrator: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

Mon, 2018-10-15 20:56
'I have no reason to believe at this point that it won't be on schedule' For reals, my dude?

NASA boss Jim Bridenstine says he's confident the next Russian Soyuz rocket carrying crew and gear to the International Space Station will launch "on schedule."…

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

Mon, 2018-10-15 13:05
Plucky Brit land speed record chaser fails to find £25m down the back of the sofa, calls in Administrators

Twenty-one years to the day since Wing Commander Andy Green cracked the land-speed record with ThrustSSC, the UK outfit attempting to go one better with Bloodhound has entered administration.…

NASA's Chandra X-ray space 'scope becomes an ex-X-ray telescope (for now, anyway)

Fri, 2018-10-12 23:00
Aging kit spontaneously kicks into safe mode, 65,000+ miles away

October is shaping up to be a lousy month for NASA. First, the Hubble space telescope went into hibernation. Then a Russian Soyuz rocket failed to get its astronauts and kit up to the orbiting International Space Station. And now the American agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory, tens of thousands of miles from Earth, is kaput – temporarily, we hope.…

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

Thu, 2018-10-11 23:53
SpaceX, Boeing running behind schedule, and don't get me started on SLS

Comment  Thursday's failed Soyuz launch, carrying kit and astronauts to the International Space Station means NASA is fast running out of options for shipping stuff into orbit. Especially since its homespun solutions aren't living up to their earlier promise.…

Russian rocket goes boom again – this time with a crew on it

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:42
'Nauts safe, but the ISS may have to be abandoned

The post-Space Shuttle era of reliability spearheaded by Russian space agency Roskosmos came to an abrupt end this morning as the booster carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft to the International Space Station failed a few minutes after launch.…

Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

Thu, 2018-10-11 08:01
The spikey satellite is not for the faint hearted, it appears

Exploring Jupiter’s moon Europa will be a treacherous task, it seems: scientists reckon its surface is covered in sharp towering icy daggers.…

Giant icy blades spotted on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

Thu, 2018-10-11 08:01
The spikey satellite is not for the faint hearted

Exploring Jupiter’s moon, Europa, will be a treacherous task after scientists discovered its surface is covered in sharp icy daggers towering at almost 15 metres tall.…

Astroboffins discover that when white and brown dwarfs mix the results are explosive

Wed, 2018-10-10 20:02
350-year monkish mystery could be down to a merger

Astrophysicists have finally solved a mystery lasting almost 350 years to uncover the first documented merger between a white and brown dwarf star.…

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

Tue, 2018-10-09 10:17
Weekend failure could reduce 'scope's scope

Space-watchers have been nervously watching that bit of space occupied by the Hubble Space Telescope as NASA tries to diagnose a problem with its gyroscopes.…

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

Mon, 2018-10-08 15:50
Musk's mighty missile no match for the plucky probe that could

SpaceX were cock-a-hoop this morning as the company landed its first booster at California's Vandenburg Air Force Base. NASA merely coughed politely and pointed toward its Voyager 2 probe, which looks to be about to enter interstellar space.…

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

Fri, 2018-10-05 23:13
The first detection shows beams powered to over 25 trillion electron volts

The first microquasar us Earthlings have detected has left astrophysicists puzzled.…

30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

Fri, 2018-10-05 12:20
Chipped tiles and a sweaty crew, but relief for the nervous space agency

While NASA continues its 60th birthday celebrations and Russia gives a slight cough and gestures vaguely at the silver beach-ball sized Sputnik it flung into orbit 61 years ago this week, another anniversary ticked over: it is 30 years since the Space Shuttle returned to flight.…

Organic stuff, radiation, unexpected methane... Yes, we're talking about Saturn's surprising rings

Fri, 2018-10-05 08:04
Boffins take a good look at the cosmic formations – they won't be there forever

Scientists are only beginning to discover just how complex Saturn’s ring system is after digging into the data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.…

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

Thu, 2018-10-04 09:59
Countries agree to cooperate on satellite navigation as Blighty faces becoming a third country in Galileo

The UK and Australia have announced plans to become the best of buddies in the space field, including the UK’s current hot potato: satellite navigation.…

Astroboffins may hay have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System

Thu, 2018-10-04 07:01
It's so big that it's possible that it could have its own little moons

Scientists have spotted what may be the first Moon to be discovered outside the Solar System, according to a paper published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday.…

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

Wed, 2018-10-03 22:00
Astroboffins Goblin up Solar System sightings

There is still no sign of the elusive Planet X, but astronomers have stumbled across Goblin along the way.…

JAXA probe's lucky MASCOT plonks down on space rock Ryugu without a hitch

Wed, 2018-10-03 11:51
16 hours of rocking and rolling before the power runs out

Not content with unleashing a couple of robots to photograph the surface of asteroid Ryugu, JAXA probe Hyabusa2 successfully deployed the German MASCOT lander this morning.…

Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

Wed, 2018-10-03 01:58
First woman woman in 55 years and the oldest recipient to date

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a trio of researchers for their work in developing powerful lasers.…