Landing on our own moon is so 1969. Scientists are now looking for new moons to explore. And in the running is Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, which may just be the next big point of curiosity for our space agency. Earlier this week, NASA announced initial findings from a “report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface [Europa],” and further noted that “the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings.”
e European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Sentinel-1A satellite in 2014 as part of its Copernicus Program, the largest earth observation project in history. The satellite was deployed without incident and has been making radar scans of Earth ever since. However, the ESA detected an unusual drop in power on August 23rd. It turns out that Sentinel-1A was hit by a teeny, tiny meteorite that made a considerably larger hole.
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are showing themselves at its best this year. As Mars has recently passed its closest point to the Sun, Jupiter is rapidly approaching to the solar opposition thus becoming visible during the whole night.
Another series of great photoshoots was made by Belarusian astronomers in the beginning of June. Being lucky for a good weather and a cloudless sky the enthusiasts caught on their cameras a plenty of the objects including the planets of the Solar System as well as a far space objects.
As summer begins astronomers have discovered a group of unusual sunspots of a size bigger than that of Earth.
A cluster of sunspots titled AR 2546 was detected on May 22 with a help of telescope Sky Watcher BKP 2008 HEQ5 SynScan PRO and could be visible even with a naked eye when using safelight filters.
Black holes are the only objects in the universe that can trap light by sheer gravitational force.
Scientists believe they are formed when the corpse of a massive star collapses in on itself, becoming so dense that it warps the fabric of space and time.
And any matter that crosses their event horizons, also known as the point of no return, spirals helplessly toward an unknown fate.
Two Belarusian astrology enthusiasts (Vitaly Hatsuk and Andrei Leichik) have sent us a spectacular time-lapse video with motion of Mercury across the night sky. This planet is considered one of the most difficult planets to observe in the Solar System.