Space Photos of the Week: Mini-Moons Make Saturn’s Rings Extra Groovy

Space Photos of the Week: Mini-Moons Make Saturn’s Rings Extra Groovy

This lovely abstract image of Saturn’s rings is just one of the many unique photos captured by the Cassini spacecraft. The strong lines seem to intersect but they don’t actually—it’s the angle of the spacecraft and the tilt of the planet that create the illusion. Notice the thick black line that stretches horizontally? That is…

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Find Alien Intelligence?

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Find Alien Intelligence?

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), we’ve often looked for signs of intelligence, technology and communication that are similar to our own. But as astronomer and SETI trailblazer Jill Tarter points out, that approach means searching for detectable technosignatures, like…

34-million-year-old Skull From Antarctica Reveals Baleen Whales Had Teeth And Gums

34-million-year-old Skull From Antarctica Reveals Baleen Whales Had Teeth And Gums

A discovery of an ancient skull belonging to the Llanocetus denticrenatus revealed that whales used to have teeth and gums and behaved as vicious predators. Further analysis suggested that baleens of today’s whales have developed following a complex evolutionary process.   ( University of Otago | YouTube ) An analysis of an ancient skull reveals…

‘Lost’ asteroid to pass closely May 15

‘Lost’ asteroid to pass closely May 15

Orbit of asteroid 2010 WC9 (formerly called ZJ99C60) via Asteroid Orbit View and Northolt Branch Observatories. Asteroid 2010 WC9 will safely pass at about half’s the moon’s distance on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Estimates of its size range from 197 to 427 feet (60-130 meters), making the May 15 pass one of the closest approaches…

Yes, NASA Is Actually Sending a Helicopter to Mars: Here’s What It Will Do

Yes, NASA Is Actually Sending a Helicopter to Mars: Here’s What It Will Do

NASA will include a small, autonomous helicopter in the agency’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, officials announced today (May 11). The craft will undergo a 30-day test campaign once it reaches the Red Planet to demonstrate the viability of travel above the Martian surface with a heavier-than-air craft. “NASA has a proud history of firsts,” NASA’s…

Now we know what will happen when the sun dies

Now we know what will happen when the sun dies

No one is writing its obituary just yet, but scientists have long known that the sun will die — and now we know what will happen next. New research by an international team of astronomers shows that once it exhausts its hydrogen fuel in 5 billion years or so, our host star will morph into…

Samsung Promises Quarterly Android Updates For Galaxy A6 Line

Samsung Promises Quarterly Android Updates For Galaxy A6 Line

Samsung promised quarterly Android updates for the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 Plus, its latest two mid-range smartphones announced earlier this month. The pledge has been made as part of an update to the Samsung Mobile Security service which now lists the new Galaxy A6 series as following the same firmware roadmap attached to the…