The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico boasts the world’s second-largest single radio dish (Image: © Arecibo Observatory/NSF) HONOLULU — Staff at Puerto Rico’s iconic Arecibo Observatory are monitoring the facility for potential damage in the midst of a spate of earthquakes rocking the island. The strongest of those quakes was a 6.4 […]

Artwork: The first GPS satellites were notorious for causing radio interference for astronomy GPS.GOV California’s SpaceX company says it will work constructively with the scientific community to fix the brightness of its satellites. The firm has come under fire for the brilliance of its Starlink spacecraft, which are being launched […]

TOI 1338 b is silhouetted by its host stars. TESS only detects transits from the larger star. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Chris Smith Astronomers announced Monday (January 6, 2020) the first discovery made by NASA’s TESS mission of a two-star planetary system. Led by researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center […]

Things are only getting more confusing An animation shows the random appearance of fast radio bursts (FRBs) across the sky. (Image: © NRAO Outreach/T. Jarrett (IPAC/Caltech); B. Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF) HONOLULU — Mysterious ultra-fast pinpricks of radio energy keep lighting up the night sky and nobody knows why. A newly discovered example of […]

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), one of the Milky Way’s closest galactic neighbors, gets a close-up in this image from the European Southern Observatory’s VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. (Image: © ESO/VISTA VMC) Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, […]

Conceptual image of water-bearing (left) and dry (right) exoplanets with oxygen-rich atmospheres. The red sphere is the M-dwarf star around which the exoplanets orbit. The dry exoplanet is closer to the star, so the star appears larger. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Friedlander-Griswold New Technique Could Speed Search for Life in Outer Space Scientists […]

This illustration of TOI 700 d is based on several simulated environments for an ocean-covered version of the planet. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be […]