Friday, February 5, 2016

Maybe No Planet Nine

Last month, two astronomers argued the movements of some objects in rhe Kuiper Belt points to the existence of a huge planet far out in the Solar System.  A new study, however, says many smaller bodies could accomplish the same thing.

Observation should settle the matter in a few years.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

That Star..... Continued

That star that could potentially have an alien megastructure orbiting it?  Astronomers had said the likeliest explanation for the observed dips in the star's brightness was a swarm of huge comets.  Now, researchers say that doesn't really fit.

Currently, they have no good explanation for the dimming.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is taking steps to build a legal structure to support the utilization of space resources.

Coupled with a recent U. S. move in the area, Luxembourg's initiative suggests governments are beginning to grasp the possibilities of space.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Quasar No More

Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the universe, created when huge amounts of gas falls into black holes.

Astronomers have recently seen a quasar blink out.   When the supply of gas runs out, the shining stops.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Columbia

Thirteen years ago today, space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, killing all seven members of the crew.

The tragedy marked the beginning of the end of the shuttle program, and, as it happened, a return to capsule style manned spacecraft.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

CIA and UFOs

The CIA has released a batch of previously classified documents related to UFO investigations.

In most of the cases covered, the sightings were explained, but some cases remain mysterious.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Perspective

Amazon, which was founded by Jeff Bezos, missed estimates last quarter, but still had revenues of almost $36 billion.

That's nearly twice NASA's annual budget.