Space & Astronomy

Space & Astronomy
  • Earth’s most powerful alien-hunting telescope turns its gaze to mysterious star

    A space object's huge and unusual shape has made KIC 8462852 -- Tabby’s star -- a subject of interest, speculation, and controversy over the past year, with some experts even suggesting it could be an alien megastructure.

    Digital Trends
  • Saturn has changed colors and scientists are trying to figure out why

    Saturn is doing its own thing lately, and scientists are intrigued by the planet’s northern region changing colors. Why? We’ll fill ya…

    Hello Giggles
  • This glitch is the most likely reason the European Mars lander failed

    What could be worse for a programmer than being told that a software glitch ruined an important project? Well, how about if that software glitch happened on Mars, when a new robot was about to make a do-or-die landing. Over the past week, scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) have been deconstructing the data…

    Quartz q
  • Intense 360° video takes you for a quick jaunt to Mars

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to set foot on the red planet? Of course you have.  Today's your lucky day: A new 360° video brings viewers along for some high-flying Martian action, giving a bumpy glimpse of what it would look like if one were to land on Mars. In the video, an astronaut aboard the ship explains the landing as it's happening, and you get some simulated views of the planet's mountains and valleys on the way down to the surface.  SEE ALSO: Obama: We're going to Mars by 2030s If NASA and SpaceX founder Elon Musk have their way, people could be landing on Mars in a matter of decades: Musk has plans to get people to Mars with SpaceX technology, and NASA's long-term goal has been centered around getting astronauts down to the Martian surface in order to investigate the planet's geology firsthand.  For now, however, scientists have a number of unmanned missions on the red planet, gathering data about Mars' atmosphere, dirt and rocks, and beaming the findings back to Earth. NASA's Curiosity rover has even taken panorama images of its view from inside Mars' Gale Crater, its home since landing in 2012.  The virtual reality-style clip is part of National Geographic's Experience Mars installation currently showing in New York City. The futuristic installation aims to give visitors a taste of interplanetary living with a treadmill that mimics Martian gravity, or one can use a VR simulator to watch the 360° video. Experience Mars, which is free to the public, will be open October 26 through October 29 and is part of a promotion for National Geographic Channel's scripted "Mars" series, set to premiere on November 14 at 9 p.m. ET. 

  • Strange change in colours on Saturn investigated by Nasa

    Two pictures taken in the space of four years by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft have revealed that Saturn's north polar region has changed colour. In 2012, the area inside the north-polar hexagon on Saturn was a darker, blue-grey shade. The Cassini mission is a joint project between Nasa, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency.

    International Business Times UK q