No alien megastructure around mysterious ‘Tabby’s star’, analysis shows

Stand down space cadets: there is (sadly) no alien megastructure around star KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s star. As if a divisive Star Wars film wasn’t bad news enough this Christmas, now an analysis by more than 200 astronomers has been published that shows the mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852…

Don’t Miss the Jan. 1, 2018 Supermoon!

Mark your calendars: a series of two supermoons will appear on the celestial stage on January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2018. A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth. Since the Moon’s orbit is…

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to be Launched Spring 2019

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope now is planning to launch between March and June 2019 from French Guiana, following a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities. Previously Webb was targeted to launch in October 2018. “The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical…

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a…

Final Work Platform Installed in Vehicle Assembly Building for NASA’s Space Launch System

NASA reached a key milestone in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A year of platform installations came to conclusion in January as the final work platform, A north, was lifted, installed and secured recently on its rail beam on the north wall…