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Satellite Events for Tonight

Exploding Stars are Titanium Factories

Reported by Universe Today

If you’re a fan of titanium, you should head to the nearest supernova. You’ll get more than enough of it. And its presence can help astronomers understand how supernovae work. We understand the basic picture of how the most massive stars die. O...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 13 May 2021 22:35 +0000

Webb Fully Unfurls for the Last Time on Earth. The Next Time Will Be in Space

Reported by Universe Today

The primary mirror of the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was opened for the last time on Earth before the launch of the observatory, currently scheduled for October 31, 2021. During some of the final checkouts before the telescope heads to ...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 13 May 2021 21:10 +0000

Extrasolar Object Interceptor Would be Able to Chase Down the Next Oumuamua or Borisov and Actually Return a Sample

Reported by Universe Today

What if we had the ability to chase down interstellar objects passing through our Solar System, like Oumuamua or Comet Borisov? Such a spacecraft would need to be ready to go at a moment’s notice, with the capacity to increase speed and change direction ...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 13 May 2021 18:21 +0000

A Comet Seen at the end of its Life. It’s covered in talcum powder

Reported by Universe Today

Astronomers finally managed to observe a comet nearing the end of its life. And they found that it’s covered in talcum powder. They have no idea why. It’s usually very tough to observe the nucleus of a comet. When comets come close enough to ob...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 13 May 2021 18:03 +0000

Gaia Might Even be Able to Detect the Gravitational Wave Background of the Universe

Reported by Universe Today

Data from the Gaia satellite is so precise, it might be able to detect cosmic gravitational waves. The post Gaia Might Even be Able to Detect the Gravitational Wave Background of the Universe appeared first on Universe Today. ...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 13 May 2021 13:32 +0000

NASA partners with deep-ocean explorers to develop tech for Europa mission

NASA partners with deep-ocean explorers to develop tech for Europa mission

Reported by Space.com

An autonomous submarine set to revolutionize deep-sea exploration will test technology for future space missions to moons with hidden oceans....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Thu, 13 May 2021 11:00 +0000