Midnight In The Desert — astronomy

Fri Apr 10 - Art Bell and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fri Apr 10 - Art Bell and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Please enjoy this replay of Art's first interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, famous astrophysicist.

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Astronomers Struggle to Explain Mysterious 'Ghost' Galaxy

Astronomers Struggle to Explain Mysterious 'Ghost' Galaxy

The search for dark matter is one of the strangest enduring scientific mysteries. Astronomers and astrophysicists believe that up to 95% of the universe could be composed of so-called dark matter and energy, “dark” meaning these forms of matter do not reflect light, x-rays, or any other radiation like all other the other stuff in the known universe does. Thus, the presence of dark matter and energy is often inferred from the gravitational effects they have on other objects and forms of energy. Dark matter is thought to be distributed throughout the entire universe, but a new discovery made by...


Here's Why the Government Should Fund "Gee-Whiz" Science

Here's Why the Government Should Fund "Gee-Whiz" Science

As a scientist, sometimes people ask me: Why should the government fund astronomy? Why should the government drive cars on Mars, image exploding stars or fly a satellite into the sun’s atmosphere? This is my standard answer: Because discovering how water forms on Mars or how stars produce heavy elements leads to new technology. And that technology creates industries, products, and jobs. But here’s my real answer: Because it inspires people. As a solar physicist, I spend every day studying the sun. But during the solar eclipse last year, 200 million people—more than half of the U.S. population—went out of...


Saturday's Blue Moon Is the Last One Until 2020 (Don't Miss It!)

Saturday's Blue Moon Is the Last One Until 2020 (Don't Miss It!)

Skywatchers take note: The last Blue Moon of 2018 is just around the corner. If you miss it, you'll have to wait to 2020 for the next one. The upcoming Blue Moon — the name given to the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month — rises on Saturday (March 31). It'll be the second Blue Moon of the year; the first occurred on Jan. 31, when we experienced the "Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse." If you're a Blue Moon fan, make sure to get an eyeful on Saturday; the next one won't come until Halloween...


Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss

Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss

It’s been just over two years since Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin made an explosive claim: Based on the orbital motion of objects in the Kuiper Belt—a region beyond Neptune that is home to Pluto and other icy bodies—there must be a very big something much farther out, hidden save for its subtle gravitational tugs on the rest of the solar system. Brown and Batygin’s best models put this mysterious object at about 10 times Earth’s mass, perhaps 20 times more distant from the sun than Neptune and currently drifting through what might be a 20,000-year orbit in...