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Our Space Telescopes Are Dying!

12th Oct, 2018 - 3.4k views

Think about it: Hubble is down to one gyro, maybe two; Kepler is in safe mode; and today, the Chandra X-ray telescope went into safe mode; Spitzer has run out of coolant what's going to replace these observatories?

Hubble Space Telescope Goes into Safe Mode: Beginning of the End?

9th Oct, 2018 - 3.7k views

The venerable Hubble Space Telescope has been put into safe mode by mission managers. One gyro has failed and another is malfunctioning. Only two directional gyros remain.

First Light from NASA's Parker Solar Probe

28th Sep, 2018 - 3.9k views

Earlier this month, the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) sent back its first data and images from all four science instruments onboard.

The First Two Worlds of TESS

22nd Sep, 2018 - 3.1k views

Get ready for the avalanche folks! TESS is starting to return science data and already they've discovered two exoplanets. In this episode, I'll let you know more about them.

TESS First Light: The Search for Exoplanets Has Begun!

19th Sep, 2018 - 2.9k views

TESS the transiting exoplanet survey satellite, has taken its first science image. This image is the first in the first sector of the southern hemisphere and shows both LMC and SMC

Cosmic Bell Test of Entanglement Using Distant Quasars

8th Sep, 2018 - 3k views

In this episode, we’re going to take on the topic of quantum entanglement. That feature of quantum mechanics that Einstein called a spooky action at a distance. Well last month astronomers used very distant quasars to remove a possible bias in a

Can We Find Exoplanets Using Gravitational Waves?

10th Aug, 2018 - 2.6k views

Is it possible to find exoplanets using their gravitational wave signatures? If the orbit of the planet is close enough and short enough to the host star, then yes it is. But boy what a system it would need to be!

Are Exomoons a Better Place to Look For Life?

9th Aug, 2018 - 2.2k views

Let’s talk about ExoMoons, you know, those moons in orbit around other planets around other stars in our galaxy. Is it possible that they might be better harbors for life?

NASA's TESS is Now a Fully Armed and Operational Exoplanet Finder

3rd Aug, 2018 - 3.9k views

After launch on April 18th of this year onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the next generation of space telescopes to look for exoplanets, in our galaxy, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite starts science mission

Will WFIRST Suffer Because of JWST?

30th Jul, 2018 - 2.5k views

In this episode, we’ve all heard about the delays and cost overruns of NASA’s flagship observatory, JWST. How will it affect upcoming large space telescope missions, like WFIRST?

Is Climate Change a Great Filter?

23rd Jul, 2018 - 2.7k views

Astronomers from the University of Rochester has recently published a paper that studies whether a civilization on the level of ours could survive self-imposed changes to the planet’s climate due to rapidly expanding technological progress.

Kepler/K2 Mission Coming to an End

10th Jul, 2018 - 2.3k views

As Kepler/K2 runs low on critical hydrazine fuel, NASA has put Kepler spacecraft in safe mode until August 2 2018