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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.

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

Stray Black Hole Found; Water Found on 51 Pegasi b; NASA Juno & Cassini Updates | SFN #193

3rd Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Astronomers think they’ve found a stray black hole roaming through our galaxy; water molecules have been detected in the atmosphere of the Hot Jupiter exoplanet known as 51 Pegasi b; updates on NASA’s Cassini and Juno.

Meeting in Space to Make the Journey Possible

2nd Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

We discuss how rendezvous, resupply, and refueling in orbit may make possible affordable early human missions to the Red Planet. These are based on studies conducted in support of the recent successful Achieving Mars IV Workshop.

H0LiCOW! Early Universe Expansion Too Fast!; New Test for Life; Gaia Looks for Asteroids | SFN #192

27th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Observations from around the world throw confusion into our understanding of the rate of expansion of the early universe; a simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets; and the ESA’s Gaia spac

A look at a rapidly spinning black hole!

26th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

How do stellar-mass black holes spin? This week we discuss this topic as new results from NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft which looked at the black hole known as GS 1354−645.

How to Get A Job in Astronomy

24th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

"How do I get a job in astronomy?" is probably the most asked question I get. Here's some advice for those considering a career in astronomy, and it's not all about getting a PhD.

Juno, WFIRST, ELT Updates!; Age of Moon Older Than Thought | SFN #191

21st Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Updates on various space- and ground-based missions and instruments, including Juno, WFIRST and the WLT; and scientists, using rocks from the Moon, have found that the Moon is a lot older than we previously thought.

#JWST Is Less than 2 Years Away!

19th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

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Huygens Probe on Titan; Cassini's Final Year; Milky Way Ripping off Neighbors | SFN #190

13th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

A look back at the touchdown of the Huygens lander on Titan some twelve years ago and a look ahead at what’s in store for the Cassini later this year; and astronomers find distant stars in the Milky Way were probably ripped off of another galaxy.

Comet Swarms or a Alien Megastructures? The Strange Variations of the Star KIC 8462852

12th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

A star with unusual changes in brightness was discovered the Kepler Mission Planet Hunters.

Fast Radio Burst Found; New Galaxy Type Discovered; JWST Testing Resumes | SFN #189

6th Jan, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Those who have been with me from the beginning know that Space Fan News was born six years ago this week to report biggest and most exciting astronomical discoveries announced during the winter conference of the American Astronomical Society.