How stiff is the proton?

Compton scattering setup at the High Intensity Gamma Ray Source. The central cylinder is the liquid hydrogen target. High energy gamma rays are scattered from the liquid hydrogen into eight large detectors that measure the gamma rays’ energy. Credit: Mohammad Ahmed, North Carolina Central University and Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory The proton is a composite … Read more

NASA pushes back Artemis 1 launch to November

KIHEI, Hawaii — NASA will wait until at least the middle of November before attempting another launch of the Space Launch System on the Artemis 1 mission, citing the impacts from Hurricane Ian. NASA announced late Sept. 30 that inspections of Kennedy Space Center facilities after the passage of the storm a day earlier turned … Read more

India loses contact with Mars orbiter: reports

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) may have finally reached the end of its operations after eight years spent orbiting the Red Planet. Ground stations operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have lost communication with the spacecraft. The precise cause isn’t yet clear; the orbiter may have run out of propellant, MOM’s battery may … Read more

Uranus’ whopping 98-degree tilt may be due to a moon migrating away from the planet

Uranus’ whopping 98-degree tilt may be due to a MOON migrating away from the planet and pulling it over on its side, astronomers claim Uranus peculiarly has a rotational axis so skewed it may as well be laying down Seventh planet from the sun has a whopping tilt of 98 degrees from orbital plane Astronomers … Read more

Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky throughout October

NASA is urging stargazers to enjoy ‘evenings with giants’ this month — as the massive planets Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky for the next few weeks.  Early in the evening, you’ll find them to the southeast, moving slowly westward with the stars over the course of the night. ‘They form a … Read more

Scientists need your help to confirm Jupiter-like exoplanets

If you’ve ever dreamed of discovering a new planet, now is your chance. Telescope manufacturer Unistellar and the SETI Institute have launched the Unistellar Exoplanet Campaign, a citizen science program in which amateur astronomers can help confirm exoplanet candidates spotted by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).  TESS uses the so-called transit method to spot … Read more

What Will Happen To NASA’s SOFIA Boeing 747 Now?

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, NASA operated the last flight of the Boeing 747-SP carrying a reflecting telescope for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). This flight marked the end of an era, and now there’s the question of what will happen with this iconic aircraft. Simple Flying spoke with Paul Hertz, senior … Read more