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The TRAPPIST-1 System and the Search for Life

18th May, 2017 by Tony Darnell

NASA’s Kepler mission breathtakingly revealed that our galaxy was filled with stars surrounded by planetary systems of all kinds. The search for planets includes seeking planets that might harbor life.

Imaging the Surface of Proxima Centauri b

26th Apr, 2017 by Tony Darnell

How is it possible to image the surface of an Earth-sized planet outside of our solar system? Join us for this special Exoplanet hangout to find out!

Submission Guidelines for Space Fan News

7th Apr, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Want to submit a story for Space Fan News? Here are the guidelines to follow.

Monster Black Hole Gets Kicked out of Home Galaxy by Gravitational Wave

30th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been thrown out of the center of a distant galaxy by what they think may be due to gravitational waves.

What is the Event Horizon Telescope?; NASA's SWIFT Finds a Star Falling in a Black Hole

24th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Radio astronomers are ready to point their telescopes towards the center of our galaxy to directly image the supermassive black hole Sgr A* using the Event Horizon Telescope; and NASA’s SWIFT captures a star falling into a black hole.

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.

Monster Black Hole Found in Early Cosmos; Dark Matter in Early Galaxies; Super Close to a Black Hole

17th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

A group of astronomers think they’ve figured out how supermassive black holes could have formed in the early universe; dark matter appears to have less influence on galaxy rotation in the early universe; and astronomers have observed a star orbiting

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?