In the Messier 82 (M82) Galaxy 12 million light years away, there’s a stellar fight taking place between a star and its deceased neighbour. NASA has reached out to Jeanette Gladstone, the University of Alberta Observatory’s director of public education and outreach, to give expert analysis of the event.
By pinpointing the exact moment when a black hole launched fast- moving material from the region surrounding it, a University of Alberta astronomer has uncovered an important clue for discovering how new galaxies are formed. The interaction of material ejected, or “burped,” from black holes with other gasses in space is fundamental to the creation of
The year was 2010 at the second annual Japan Space Elevator Technology and Engineering Competition. The University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team had sent a team of people there to compete. Their goal? To build and operate a robotic “climber” that can climb up and then back down 300 metres of cable faster than any
Did you feel it? On Nov. 8, an asteroid brushed right by our little blue sphere in space, giving some of us a genuine scare. I’m not talking some dinky, burns-up-in-our-atmosphere asteroid we scoff at several times a day. We almost got hit by a 400-metre-wide clump of coal and space evil. Although we weren't directly
Some time around midnight eastern time on Sept. 23, a decommissioned NASA satellite fell out of the sky — but nobody knows where. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, was launched in 1991. According to NASA, it was “the first multi-instrumented satellite to observe numerous chemical components of the atmosphere for better understanding of photochemistry.”
The year is 2011. By now, we should have flying DeLoreans and alien overlords. In reality, 2011 only offers the same crap we saw last decade. What's worse, 2011 marks the end of NASA's manned space shuttle program.