These findings, published in The Astrophysical Journal, increases the number of black holes known at that epoch considerably. WASHINGTON: Astronomers have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes 13 billion light-years away from the Earth, from a time when the universe was less than 10 per cent of its present age. “It is remarkable that

Elon Musk is determined to get to Mars and return home, but in order for a spacecraft to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, it needs to be able to withstand the heat. Yesterday, SpaceX tested the heat shield tiles that allow the company’s Starship interplanetary spacecraft to do just that. As Engadget reports, Musk explains in the Twitter thread that the

Asteroids are just fine when they stay in space, but the minute they come hurtling towards Earth we run scared. We know how massive they are, how much destruction they can cause, so it’s only natural. Except, when a massive one struck us last month, you missed it. As it turns out, on December 18 last

The solar system has a new distance champ. Astronomers just found an object that lies 140 astronomical units (AU) from the sun. That’s 140 times the Earth-sun distance, which is about 93 million miles (150 million kilometers). In case you want some more perspective: Pluto orbits the sun at an average distance of about 39.5 AU. “This

An Apollo lunar module has taken a small step towards a giant display in Mississippi. The Infinity Science Center on Tuesday (Feb. 26) served as the landing site for the 50-year-old moon lander mockup, which was lowered and positioned by crane onto a cement apron outside of the Pearlington non-profit educational attraction. “The Eagle has landed!

Although astrometry is over 2,200 years old, it wasn’t until 1807 when we truly realised just how far away stars really were. In December 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Gaia space telescope to survey a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Gaia continues a long-standing global culture to catalog the positions,

“All I can say is farewell Beresheet,” said an emotional Morris Kahn, chairman of SpaceIL who donated more than $40 million to the project. “Our hopes are with you, make us proud.” Beresheet, which successfully launched early Friday morning, has begun its elliptical orbit around the Earth at a distance of 69,400 km. and is

The mission will be launched in August 2022 from Earth-orbiting space station NASA has selected a USD 42 million mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around our planet. Space weather is important because it can have profound impacts—affecting technology and astronauts in space, disrupting radio communications and,

China is planning to build a power station in space powered by the sun. The design would sit in Earth’s orbit and turn the sun’s rays into electricity before beaming the energy back to Earth. It would provide a near-constant supply of electricity if the technology needed can be developed ahead of the 2030 guideline set

The Mars Rover Opportunity, originally designed by NASA to trundle around the Martian landscape for just three months, sent its final image in June 2018 after a staggering 15 years of operation. Evidence gathered by the six-wheeled vehicle indicated that Mars was once a more homo-sapien friendly environment than it is today. An unremitting dust storm ultimately