50 Years Ago: One Small Step, One Giant Leap  ASTRO WATCH · 42 minutes
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Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today's tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, Harvard researchers are asking: how... more
Supernova Observation First of Its Kind Using NASA Satellite  ASTRO WATCH · 23 hours
When NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched into space in April 2018, it did so with a specific... more
New Safer, Inexpensive Way to Propel Small Satellites  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Finding inexpensive solutions for propelling CubeSats is one of the most critical components of the rapidly growing industry of commercial... more
A Material Way to Make Mars Habitable  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of... more
Maintaining Large-scale Satellite Constellations Using Logistics Approach  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Today, large-scale communication satellite constellations, also known as megaconstellations, have been more and more popular. OneWeb launched the first batch of satellites... more
Moon-forming Disk Discovered Around Distant Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the... more
Hubble Uncovers Black Hole Disk that Shouldn't Exist  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
As if black holes weren't mysterious enough, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found an unexpected thin disk of... more
New Developments with Chinese Satellites over the Past Decade  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
To date, 17 Chinese self-developed FengYun (FY) meteorological satellites have been launched, which are widely applied in weather... more
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Holes in the Universe Sharpen Cosmic Measurements  ASTRO WATCH · 7 days
Regions of the Universe containing very few or no galaxies – known as voids – can help measure cosmic expansion with much... more
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A group of astronomers led by Crystal Martin and Stephanie Ho of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has discovered... more
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