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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Shares Cooking Tips In Space

ISS space food on a tray

Astronaut Chris Hadfield recently took to the Canadian Space Agency’s YouTube channel to demonstrate how he prepares a peanut butter and honey sandwich aboard the International Space Station. Hadfield is part of the crew known as Expedition 34, which currently occupies the station. The end result of Hadfield’s efforts is spartan but almost certainly still… Read more »

Rare Star Explosion Creates Youngest Black Hole In Milky Way [Video]

Rare Star Explosion Causes Black Hole

A rare star explosion created the youngest black hole in the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study. Scientists estimate that the supernova remnant, named W49B, is about 1,000 years old as seen from Earth. It is roughly 26,000 light-years from our planet. They also believe that, from the supernova remnants’ shape, the star… Read more »

International Space Station Loses Contact With NASA

International Space Station Loses Contact NASA

The International Space Station lost contact with NASA on Tuesday morning after one of the station’s data relay systems malfunctioned. The incident occurred around 9:45 am EST when Houston controllers were uploading new software into the system. Thankfully, nothing bad appears to have happened as a result of the communications loss. The crew was able… Read more »

Scientists Discover Source Of Cosmic Rays, ‘Incontrovertible Evidence’

Cosmic Ray Mystery solved

New research conclusively proves that cosmic rays come from the explosion of distant exploded stars otherwise known as supernovae, say scientists. Cosmic rays are a form of high-energy radiation made up of [mostly] ultra-fast moving protons that constantly hit earth. The rays stream through the galaxy interacting with air molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere creating… Read more »

Pink Planet Rises In The Sky For Valentine’s Day

mercury

Oh, Mercury, you’re so romantic. Skywatchers and hopeless romantics will get a special treat at sunset this week as a pink planet will be visible in the sky for the next few days. According to Space.com, Mercury will appear as a small pink dot low in the evening sky. The pink planet, which can be… Read more »

Pluto Moon Names Up For A Vote On The Internet

Pluto Moon Names Up For A Vote On The Internet

Pluto’s moon names are P4 and P5, but scientists are turning to the internet to give them something a little more descriptive. For the next two weeks, astronomy enthusiasts or just people with a good idea for names can travel to a website set up by SETI to vote on the new Pluto moon names…. Read more »

Mars Curiosity Rover Drills Into First Martian Rock

Mars Curiosity Rover Drills Into Rock

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover drilled into Martian bedrock for the first time to collect samples that could hold clues to the planet’s watery past. Curiosity drilled 2.5 inches down into a patch of sedimentary bedrock. It then collected the rock powder left by the drill. NASA’s newest Mars rover will analyze the bedrock using its… Read more »

Four-Armed Spiral Galaxy Spotted By Amateur Astronomers, Hubble Telescope

Four-Armed Spiral Galaxy

A bizarre four-armed spiral galaxy was spotted by amateur astronomers and the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope helped reveal the galaxy’s arms in stunning detail. The galaxy, named Messier 106, is about 20 billion light-years from Earth in Ursa Major. Scientists with Hubble released a video of the strange galaxy as well as a new… Read more »