Russian Scientists Just Launched An “Artificial Star” That Could Threaten Astronomy

By: Jonathan O’Callaghan/IFL Science  A Russian Soyuz rocket has successfully launched a controversial satellite into orbit, which will become one of our brightest stars in a few days – and may hamper astronomical observations. The satellite is called Mayak, developed by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMU) and funded with $30,000 through Russian crowd funding website Boomstarter. We first…

NASA Is Going To Test A Mini Fission Reactor That Might One Day Be Used On Mars

By: Jonathan Callaghan/IFL Science  NASA is investigating an intriguing new method to power future space missions, which may help humans live on the surface of Mars. As reported by Irene Klotz over at Space.com, the $15 million project is known as Kilopower. From September of this year until January 2018, they’re going to start testing the system. Nuclear…

Astronomers Observe Two Supermassive Black Holes Orbiting Each Other For The First Time

By: Alfredo Carpineti/IFLScience  In a groundbreaking series of observations, astronomers have used radio waves to observe two supermassive black holes orbiting around each other. This discovery, combined with the observations of gravitational waves from LIGO, are opening up a completely new avenue in black hole studies. The team used the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to study galaxy…

SpaceX Just Transformed Space Flight, Launching Two Rockets in 48 Hours Success!

By: Dom Galeon/Futurism Elon Musk’s SpaceX took a scheduling delay and turned it into a historic opportunity: as the result of postponing the launch of a Bulgarian satellite from Monday to Friday of last week, SpaceX had two Falcon 9 rocket launches within 48 hours of each other. Friday’s BulgariaSat-1 launch happened from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The second…

The First “Space Nation” Wants You To Live On Their Orbital Space Station

By: Jonathan O’ Callaghan /IFLScience Asgardia, a rather unusual attempt to start a nation in space has announced it wants to eventually build a space station in Earth orbit and on the Moon. That somewhat lofty goal was revealed at a press conference in Hong Kong today. Here, Asgardia also unveiled its plans to launch its first satellite,…

Gravitational Waves Observed For A Third Time

By: Alfredo Carpineti/IFL Science A LIGO and Virgo collaboration have announced a new detection of gravitational waves, which was observed on January 4, 2017, by the two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Washington and Louisiana. As reported in Physical Review Letters, the event was a black hole merger that created a single black hole with a mass 49…

New Evidence Reveals Black Hole Event Horizons Are All Too Real

By: Peter Dockrill/Science Alert  Scientists have found new evidence to support the idea that matter vanishes completely when it falls into a supermassive black hole, suggesting Einstein was right about these unquenchable voids lurking throughout the Universe. The findings show that black hole event horizons – the invisible barriers beyond which nothing can escape the intense pull…

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