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Submission Guidelines for Space Fan News

7th Apr, 2017 - 4779 views

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

Telescopes for Viewing Deep Space Objects: Nebulae, Star Clusters, and Galaxies

13th Sep, 2018 - 6490 views

The most common mistake among beginners is choosing a telescope that is suitable for bright sky objects thinking that they can also peer into deep space. In this article, we will talk about the gear you'll need in order to observe deep sky objects.

Apophis: The Asteroid That Could Smash Into the Earth on April 13th, 2036

25th Oct, 2006 - 19.8k views

Will Apophis hit us in 2036? That depends on its trajectory as it passes overhead in 2029!

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Telescope

25th Oct, 2006 - 8862 views

Here is some stuff I think every person should think about before buying their very first telescope.

The March of TESS

2nd Mar, 2018 - 5660 views

The Transiting Exoplanet Serve Satellite (TESS) is slated on the launch from Earth, no earlier than mid-April 2018, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. From this amazing mission, we hope to find thousands or Earth-sized worlds.

The Hubble Deep Field: The Most Important Image Ever Taken

6th Sep, 2006 - 18.8k views

Probably more than any other image I've ever seen, the Hubble Deep Field has profoundly changed my perspective on the universe and our place in it.

The Redneck Astronomer

15th Aug, 2007 - 3450 views

My life has always been a collision of worlds that never seemed to fit together. This article explains, in part, what I mean.

How I Overcame My Math Blocks

31st Dec, 2006 - 28.0k views

What do you do when you can’t do the thing you want most in life? And I don’t mean “can’t” in a I-have-other-things-to-do kind of way. I mean can’t do it even though it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do kind of way.

Your First Telescope for Astronomy

14th Nov, 2006 - 7127 views

New to amateur astronomy? Want to get involved? Want to buy your first telescope? Here are some things I wish I knew when I was starting out.

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Telescope

23rd Apr, 2018 - 3658 views

Stare into the night sky often enough, admire it for enough nights, and a fuse will be lit. It'll only a matter of time before you buy a telescope. What are the criteria for making a selection? Here are 10 tips to get you started.

Landing on Mars is a Distraction

26th Jul, 2021 - 173 views

I never thought I would be that guy who harumphed about why we should attempt a landing on Mars, I've long dreamed of the day humanity stepped foot on another planet. It is just that going to Mars now seems so irrelevant and uninteresting when we may not have a planet to come back to.

What is the Best Telescope to Buy?

6th Aug, 2011 - 56.3k views

Buying a telescope can be very daunting if you've never used one before. Read this article before getting out your wallet.

How to Get A Job in Astronomy

25th Jan, 2017 - 7769 views

Job in astronomy | Get a job as an astronomer | A scientific career in deep astronomy is not all about getting a PhD | Support or project scientist?

Why Astronomy Matters

10th Jul, 2006 - 5308 views

I was recently asked the question, "Why does knowing about astronomy matter?"

Asteroid Facts

11th Feb, 2012 - 5502 views

The solar system is actually a pretty scary place. Right now, NASA is tracking almost 15,000 near Earth objects that include both asteroids and comets, and there are an unknown number of these objects circling the Sun.

Looking Up

5th Mar, 2018 - 3253 views

Our predilection to look to the sky, to feel what we feel and to find fascination where we treasure it, is a curiosity.

Cool Astronomy Gifts for Christmas

22nd Nov, 2017 - 5808 views

Are you looking for a cool gift this year for the astronomy enthusiast in your life? Check out our suggestions.

Why Do You Want a Telescope?

1st Nov, 2006 - 7262 views

If you're in the market for a telescope, I want to make sure you have the best possible experience with it under the stars.

How to Destroy the Earth with a Coffee Can

20th Sep, 2006 - 9888 views

It's not as easy to destroy the Earth as you might think; evil geniuses everywhere have been trying for years. The problem lies with the fact that the Earth is pretty big (at least compared to you and me) and it takes quite a bit of energy.

Don’t Be Surprised if EmDrive Experiments Never Work

16th Jul, 2021

Every few years the “EmDrive”, a proposed method of generating rocket thrust without any exhaust, hits the news. Each time, everyone asks: could this be it? (Universe Today)

Harvard's Galileo Project will search for technosignatures of civilizations around the Galaxy

30th Jul, 2021

Avi Loeb was very intrigued by the object known as Oumuamua, a strangely shaped thing following a trajectory from outside the solar system. Inspired by Oumuamua, Loeb's team at Harvard started The Galileo Project, a network of 10-inch telescopes around the globe that will look for signs of technology in our galaxy. (Harvard)

NASA's Perseverance Rover has Begun Looking for Life on Mars

21st Jul, 2021

For the first time since the Viking Lander touched down on Utopia Planitia in the 1970's, we are searching for signs of life on the planet Mars. 'Bout time! (NASA)

Looks Like The Hubble Space Telescope is Back!

16th Jul, 2021

NASA switched Hubble to use the backup computer system and it seems to have worked. From NPR News

SpaceX Will launch NASA's Europa Clipper Mission (at a bargain!)

23rd Jul, 2021

This is one of my favorite NASA missions, I can't wait till Europa Clipper gets to Jupiter's moon. Scheduled to launch in 2024, SpaceX will send it on its journey aboard a Falcon Heavy with a 'kick stage'. All for $178 Million. (Ars Technica)

Hubble Archive Data Revealed First Evidence of Water Vapor on Jupiter's Ganymede

26th Jul, 2021

The amount of data sitting in the MAST Archive where Hubble data is stored is one of the most amazing untapped resources in the world. Using data from decades ago, astronomers found evidence for water vapor on Ganymede that comes from surface sublimation of ice during the daytime on the Jovian Moon. (HubbleSite)

NASA's Roman Space Telescope Data will be housed at the MAST Archive

29th Jul, 2021

The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes at STScI in Maryland will store, serve and archive the data from the upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. Formerly called WFIRST, this is the NEXT BIG THING after JWST. Scheduled to launch sometime in this decade, this telescope will have a big impact on our understanding of our place in the universe. (

Event Horizon Telescope Dives into the Heart of Centaurus A*

20th Jul, 2021

After directly imaging the event horizon of the supermassive black hole in M87, astronomers coordinate to do it again with another galaxy, this one 100 times smaller. (CNET)

Launch of JWST Inches Closer as Northrop Grumman Begins to Button Up the Spacecraft

21st Jul, 2021

I'm not saying it's happening, but the launch of JWST slowly progresses. This thing may actually get off the ground before the year ends, but I'm not holding my breath. (NASA)

GAO Turns Down Bezos' Blue Origin Petition to Build a Lunar Lander

2nd Aug, 2021

When billionaires have fits, they are over big stuff (because they have bigger problems than us lower forms of life), so I'm sure fits are being pitched in the Bezos casa. Jeff even offered to spend 2 billion of his own dollars to get the contract! You know he wanted that puppy. The GAO says NASA didn't break any procurement rules choosing SpaceX as the only provider of a lunar lander even though NASA said it would pick two. Read the GAO statement here, if you can drown out the crying sound in the background. (NASA)

The Great Dimming of Betelegeuse Mystery Has Apparently Been Solved

21st Jul, 2021

From the 'One Less Thing' department: astronomers using the VLT in Paranal appear to understand what caused a remarkable change in brightness of Betelegeuse, a red supergiant star in Orion. (ESO)

Arianespace Ariane 5 Launches two Satellites this Weekend

2nd Aug, 2021

This is important because this rocket will launch JWST late this year and the rocket has been grounded since August 2020 for some fairing issues when deploying satellites. It goes without saying the JWST mission does not want any 'issues' with the rocket when it comes time for launch. For now, it's looking like late November 2020 for a launch. Don't be surprised if that's pushed back. (SpaceNews)

First Images from Repaired Hubble

20th Jul, 2021

After switching Hubble over to the backup computer system, NASA has put Hubble back to work. Here are the first images to be taken after it was brought back online. (HubbleSite)

You Probably Don't Care About Space Junk - Until You Do

22nd Jul, 2021

Space Junk is a problem, a big one. And it's getting bigger. Of the almost 20,000 things flying around in orbit, only about 2200 of them are actual, working satellites. Including GPS. (Universe Today)

Astronomers Measure Magnetic Field Around M87* Black Hole

23rd Jul, 2021

Measuring magnetic fields is notoriously difficult, you usually have to be sitting in the middle of it with a magnetometer to get a reading. So how do astronomers get a magnetic field measurement of a black hole in a galaxy billions of light years away? By looking at polarized light. (ESO)

Astronomers Work on "Satellite Constellation Problem"

28th Jul, 2021

It's no secret that the tens of thousands of new satellites being launched by SpaceX, Amazon and others are going to have an impact on our night skies. At the most recent SATCON2 workshop, astronomers are trying to get ahead of the problem. (

Event Horizon Telescope First Results Space Fan News

10th Apr, 2019

First results from the worldwide collaboration of telescopes known as the Event Horizon Telescope will be live streamed here. Join our Chat on Discord here: Like this content? Please consider becoming a patron: https://pa

Predicted Encounter w/ Milky Way Black Hole Missed; Universe is Accelerating Faster | SFN #165

3rd Jun, 2016

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NASA Narrows Down Next Planet Mission; Grav Waves Observed in Radio; Direct Imaging of Star Surface

30th Dec, 2017

Consider supporting Space Fan News: to ensure you get current space & astronomy news each week! We close out 2017 by reporting that NASA is showing its commitment to astrobiology by selecting two mission concepts f

Life in the Universe #2: Where Is Everybody?

20th Jul, 2009

Given that our galaxy is 10 billion years old and it should take civilizations much less time to develop and travel through the galaxy, why isn't the universe teeming with aliens? Where is everybody?

Setting Up The Celestron Nexstar 5SE Goto Telescope

29th Jan, 2019

The Video was sponsored by OPT Telescopes: This video will show you how to setup your Celestron Nextstar 5SE Telescope from opening the box to going outside. Watch the Skyalign How To video Here:

Gliese 581g: First Earth-sized planet discovered around a star's habitable zone

2nd Oct, 2010

Earlier this week, astronomers from University of California in Santa Cruz announced the discovery of an Earth-sized world in a very promising spot around the red-dwarf star known as Gliese 581. It seems to be orbiting in that star's habitable zone.

The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Measured

24th Oct, 2010

On Oct 19th, astronomers announced the measurement of a redshift of 8.6 for one of the galaxies in the Ultra Deep Field. Here's the news release from ESO's website: Music used:

The Cosmic Optical Background: New Horizons Probes the Universe

28th Apr, 2017

Researchers have cleverly used data from the New Horizons mission to look at the light from distant galaxies. The universe is filled with galaxies light up the cosmos, but too faint to see with the naked eye. Can we measure it? How bright is it?

JWST @SXSW Preview

8th Mar, 2013

Took some video of the huge NASA Experience tent at SxSW. Hoping to see lots of people and spread lots of JWST love! If you want weekly space and astronomy news updates, please subscribe to the DeepAstronomy channel. New episodes are uploaded every

Space Fan News #51: Dark Matter Galaxy; Most Distant Type 1a; Planck Completes Its Mission

21st Jan, 2012 Dark Matter Galaxy:

Apollo50th Makes Me Feel Really Old

16th Jul, 2019

big week for Apollo 11 fans. This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing... And I'm feeling really old right about now.

2019 Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium Day 2

12th Sep, 2019

Sponsored by the American Astronautical Society, become a member: Here is day two of the Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. Today's session starts at 8:30am CT and will last until noon. Check out the schedul

Hubble - Exciting & Still Going Strong!

17th Feb, 2017

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. Join Tony Darnell, Alberto Conti, and Harley Thronson as they

Starshades and Coronagraphs: Essential Technologies for Finding Life in the Universe

17th Oct, 2015

NASA is developing ambitious future missions intended to find signs of life on worlds around other stars. Those clues would be present in the planet’s atmosphere: water vapor indicating an ocean, oxygen from green plans, methane from bacteria. To ac

What Happens to Jupiter Saturn Neptune When Our Sun Dies

14th Dec, 2019

This SFN Sponsored by Mova Globes: Get GREAT Telescope Gear from a GREAT company OPT Telescopes (aff link): Ever wonder what’s going to happen to the outer planets of our solar system whe

NASAs TESS Watches a Star Getting Devoured by a Black Hole

5th Oct, 2019

Like this content? Please consider becoming a patron: In this episode, our favorite exoplanet hunting space telescope, known as TESS, has managed to capture a black hole tearing a star apart. Not only is TESS fin

Raining Sunscreen? The Atmosphere of Kepler 13Ab

7th Nov, 2017

Kepler-13Ab is one of the hottest known planets, with a dayside temperature of nearly 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit and is located 1,730 light-years from Earth. It has an unusual atmosphere that appears to contain titanium oxide (like sunscreen). The sci

DeepAstronomy Live! What's Exciting in 2016?

5th Jan, 2016

Let's talk about exciting astronomy events coming up in 2016, also bring your questions and comments Follow DeepAstronomy on Google+ We also have a great Google+ Community, come share

Space Fan News #1: Kepler Discovers Its First Rocky World

11th Jan, 2011

Get astronomy tweets here: Trying something new here. I really enjoy the weeks that the American Astronomical Society holds its meetings because so many great things are announced. i want to share as many of the

Space Fan News #64: Introducing SOFIA; Nibiru Can't Hide; Overfed Black Holes

12th May, 2012

Please take a moment to vote: SOFIA's First Science: Another Indirect

Life in the Universe #3: The Great Filter

25th Jul, 2010

Doing some tweeting here: @DeepAstronomy Whew! This was the hardest video for me (by far) to make. I started this script on August 21, 2009 and I'm finally finishing this up almost a year later. I would encourage anyone who has any questions to m

SFN #143: Directly Imaging Exoplanets? Ground-based Telescopes Lead the Way!

4th Dec, 2015

Watch out space telescopes, there is an army of ground-based instruments poised to look directly at planets around other stars. With names like SPHERE, GPI and SCExAO, the future of exoplanet science rests with some of the most sophisticated instr

Your Sky Tonight - July 25, 2017

25th Jul, 2017

Listen to Deep Astronomy on Anchor: Created with Stellarium Open Source Software: Original Music - Mark C. Petersen, Lochness Productions: Just after s

OSIRIS-REx Flyby over Earth; VLA Gets an Upgrade; New Horizon's; Primordial Black Holes Explained

23rd Sep, 2017

Consider supporting Space Fan News: to ensure you get current space & astronomy news each week! In this episode, NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft flies by Earth to get a gravity-assist boost to get the asteroid Bennu; T