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Water on the Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b!

23rd Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Join us as we discuss the discovery and observations of 51 Pegasi b and how they arrived at the exciting result that the planet’s atmosphere contains water.

NASA's TESS Mission to Study Exoplanets

16th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

What's the latest with the NASA TESS mission to study Earth-sized exoplanets? Watch this months Future in Space Hangout to find out!

NASA's Going to Europa; Are We Building a Lunar Orbiting Habitat?; JWST and TRAPPIST-1

10th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

NASA’s Mission to Europa has finished the first phase of its design and science review; NASA and the international partners are quietly completing design of possible Moon-orbiting space station; and a look at what JWST will teach us about the exopla

Fast Moving Stars and Interstellar Bow Shocks

9th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Sometimes individual stars in our galaxy are seen to be zipping through space. The winds from the stars ram into the interstellar medium -- the material between the stars in our galaxy -- and a bow shock is formed.

Closest Supernova Seen Turns 30; NASA's MAVEN Almost Hits Phobos; Update on TESS Launch | SFN #197

3rd Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

The Hubble Space Telescope takes aim at Supernova 1987A on the 30th anniversary of its discovery; the MAVEN orbiter avoids crashing into Phobos; and an update on the launch date of TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

Target: The Moons of Mars

2nd Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

As part of humanity's attempt to travel to Mars, what role can the two moons of Mars: Phobos and Deimos play in helping us colonize the Red Planet?

The 7 Earth-sized Worlds of TRAPPIST-1 | SFN #196

24th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

NASA announces the discovery of seven Earth-sized worlds in orbit around the star known as TRAPPIST-1, a star that is cool enough that liquid water may be present. But can life really exist on these worlds?

The Curiosity of Martian Mud Cracks

23rd Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

NASA's Curiosity rover certainly has uncovered unusual features of Mars.

Is Trump Going to Service Hubble?; NASA Juno Stays Put | SFN #195

17th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Is the Trump administration looking into a possible Hubble Servicing Mission?; and the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter will stay right where it is for the rest of the mission.

Hubble - Exciting & Still Going Strong!

16th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

The Hubble Space Telescope, one of the greatest scientific instruments of all time, is well into its second quarter-century of successful operation with years of exciting results ahead.

New Class of Black Hole Confirmed; Magellanic Clouds; Reionization Galaxies Found! | SFN #194

10th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Astronomers find evidence of a new class of black holes; a bridge of stars between the large and small Magellanic Clouds; new method for detecting some of the faintest galaxies in the early universe.

Unusual Hot Jupiters

9th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Hot Jupiters are gas giant planets, somewhat similar to Saturn or Jupiter, but instead, they orbit very close to their host stars with orbital periods of less than 10 days. Join us as we discuss these strange exoplanets w/ astronomers from Princeton