A recent discovery has just occurred of an asteroid named 2023 FW13, but it turns out this is more than just a passing asteroid. According to credible sources, this new asteroid is a past companion of Earth’s quasi-moon that has been orbiting our home since 100 B.C.
Using data from NASA’s TESS, or Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scientists have discovered a rocky Earth-sized planet within the habitable zone of its star. The planet, called TOI 700 e, is the fourth overall planet discovered in the TOI 700 system; the other planets are named TOI 700 b, c, and d. TOI 700 is a star the planets orbit around, with d and e in the habitable zone, an area that is just the right distance from a star for water to exist on a planet’s surface.
The historic Artemis I mission took flight in the early hours of Wednesday morning after months of anticipation. The milestone event kicked off a journey that will send an uncrewed spacecraft around the moon, paving the way for NASA to return astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time in half a century. The Orion spacecraft’s spectacular first views of Earth were shared more than nine hours into the journey, with the vehicle about 57,000 miles away from our planet on its way to the moon.
Independent teams of astronomers have recently discovered the “BOAT,” or the brightest of all time: a cosmic explosion they say may possibly be the most powerful ever recorded. Scientists speculate the record-shattering gamma-ray burst was likely triggered by a massive supernova explosion that gave birth to a black hole roughly 2.4 billion light-years away from Earth, nearing the constellation Sagitta.
Incredible images have been released by NASA, taken with the James Webb Space Telescope, detailing never before seen galaxies and new angles of nebulas that were not visible before. The Webb Telescope was designed to follow up the Hubble Space Telescope, which launched in 1990, to capture photos that are more detailed than ever that 90s technology could not have perfected. The painting-like image that has been circulating the internet for the last couple days captures the Carina Nebula, which is a key star-forming region in our galaxy, and was said to “reveal previously obscured areas of star birth.”
On Wednesday, April 27th, SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. This happened less than two days after they had just completed a flight chartered by millionaires. The launch is historic as it is NASA’s first time sending a crew into space containing equally men and women, including the first Black woman to take a long-term spaceflight, Jessica Watkins.
Space technology has been used to gather information about Earth’s climate for some time now. Information such as weather forecasts, wildfires, and even understanding the climate crisis to a certain degree. However, a new German satellite is said to be a “game-changer” for understanding our changing environment. Its use of over 250 colors will produce the most precise data in satellite history, allowing scientists to gather information on water, soil, vegetation, and more.
This past Saturday, NASA announced its James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) had successfully unfolded its 21 foot, gold plated mirror, marking the final stage of the largest observatory ever created. NASA Administrator, Bill Nelson, shared that he “join[s] the team in breathing a little easier and imagining the future breakthroughs bound to inspire the world.”
Over the last few years, the interest in space has reached new levels. Billionaires and nations are fighting for control by launching more and more satellites and stations into Earth’s atmosphere. Since so many have gotten involved in the modern space race, the United Nations General Assembly First Committee has formally recognized the vital role that space and space assets play in the international human experience.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, Tom Hanks revealed he was originally offered William Shatner’s spot on Blue Origin rocket.
Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin is teaming up with some heavy hitters in the space industry to launch a commercial space station by the end of the decade.
The space race continues and now the movie industry is involved. A Russian film crew launched into space on Tuesday to work on the world’s first movie in orbit.