The icy process may be present on other worlds. Bizarre geometric shapes first spotted on the dwarf planet’s surface in 2015 are indications that a process called sublimation is ongoing, a new study suggests. Pluto is geologically alive. For more, check out this Space.com story.
Month: December 2021
Laser-beam-shooting drones to shock rainwater out of clouds
The United Arab Emirates is using drones to electrify clouds into producing rain in an effort to increase the amount of rainfall it gets per year. The drones shoot laser beams into the clouds, charging them with electricity. The charge prompts precipitation by forcing water droplets together to create bigger raindrops, essentially electrifying the air…
Scientists Accidentally Find a ‘Very Exciting’ Unique Exoplanet
Scientists have accidentally discovered details about a exoplanet orbiting a nearby star system, which is thought to contain more water than Earth. The scientific interest in the planet, known as Nu2 Lupi d, was sparked after researchers spotted it using the European Space Agency’s Cheops satellite. It orbits a sun-like star around 50 light years…
NASA Returns Hubble to Full Science Operations
NASA “woke up” Hubble. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope team recovered the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on Monday, Dec. 6, and is now operating with all four active instruments collecting science. The team has still not detected any further synchronization message issues since monitoring began Nov. 1. For more, check out this NASA story.
Three Huge Asteroids To Pass Earth in Last Days of 2021
Well, that’s fitting for 2021. Three large asteroids are set to zoom safely past Earth in the last days of 2021, including one that could be as large as 850 feet wide. For more, check out this Newsweek/MSN story.
Most powerful space telescope ever built…
…will look back in time to the Dark Ages of the universe. I’m an astronomer with a specialty in observational cosmology — I’ve been studying distant galaxies for 30 years. Some of the biggest unanswered questions about the universe relate to its early years just after the Big Bang. When did the first stars and…
Ransomware black hole threatens to consume all, according to report
A new report from Sophos indicates the troubles are only set to expand. Sophos attributes the rise in ransomware-related threats to elements such as cryptocurrency popularity and an evolution in ransomware distribution models and pressure tactics. For more, check out this Windows Central story.