Do You Have What It Takes To Be NASA’s New Planetary Protection Officer?

By: Katy Evans/IFL Science  It sounds like a pretty cool job right? Sort of superhero-y, protecting the planet from alien invasion, possibly an awesome outfit, probably a supergalactic weapon of some kind? Not quite, but NASA really is looking to fill the position of “Planetary Protection Officer” (PPO), and you can apply here. The position is actually…

Scientists May Have Found The First Moon Outside The Solar System

By: Jonathan O’Callaghan/IFL Science  In what would be a pretty major discovery, astronomers say they may have found the first moon beyond the Solar System – known as an exomoon. The potential discovery is 4,000 light-years away around a star called Kepler-1625. It was made using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope by three astronomers, Alex Teachey and David…

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…

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