5 planets line up in the sky in rare formation

The five major planets in our solar system have lined up in a rare formation that skywatchers can see with their own eyes. Astronomers say the formation is expected to remain in the sky through the rest of June. The planets involved are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They are the brightest planets in … Read more

Big update for 19-year-old Martian water watcher

Artist’s impression of the Mars Express. The background is based on a real image of Mars taken by the spacecraft’s high-resolution stereo camera. Credit: Spacecraft image: Medialab ESA/ATG; Mars: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO The MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The INAF team recognizes the … Read more

Mysterious star survives a thermonuclear supernova explosion

The Hubble Space Telescope captured this dramatic spiral galaxy, cataloged as NGC 1309. Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA) and A. Riess (STScI) A tenacious star validates a revised supernova model A supernova is the cataclysmic explosion of a star. Thermonuclear supernovae, in particular, signal the complete destruction of a Hubble Space Telescope … Read more

Artificial Photosynthesis Can Produce Food in Complete Darkness

The plants are growing in complete darkness on an acetate medium that replaces biological photosynthesis. Credit: Marcus Harland-Dunaway/UCR Artificial photosynthesis is being developed by researchers to help make food production more energy efficient on Earth, and maybe one day NASA‘s Deep Space Food Challenge, where it was a Phase I winner. The Deep Space Food … Read more

First evidence of repetition during sleep in the human motor cortex, which governs voluntary movement

First evidence of repetition during sleep in the human motor cortex, which governs voluntary movement

Summary: Data collected from a quadriplegic man learning a BCI to play Simon showed that the brain repeats information learned during sleep. Source: General Mass Why do we sleep? Scientists have debated this question for millennia, but a new study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), conducted in collaboration with colleagues at Brown University, … Read more

Celestron Advanced VX 8 Edge HD telescope complete review

The 8-inch Celestron Advanced VX EdgeHD is a versatile telescope system for intermediate to advanced amateur astronomers, yet still small and light enough to easily transport for observation in the country. The 8-inch aperture is sufficient for viewing and photographing all kinds of celestial objects, and the computerized equatorial mount makes it easy to locate … Read more