Colonizing the Moon: Scientists Discover Lava Tubes That Could House an Underground City – Newsweek

Japan’s space agency has discovered a potential human habitat on the moon that could be used to shelter astronauts from harmful radiation, extreme temperatures and meteorite showers. The shelter in the Marius Hills region is an intact lava tube—a naturally occurring channel that forms from solid crusts left behind by molten lava flows. “Intact lunar […]

Why astrophysicists observing merging neutron stars – Salon

When LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, first detected gravitational waves from merging black holes, it opened up a new window in astrophysics and provided the most powerful confirmation yet of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Now LIGO has done it again, together with the Virgo interferometer, this time by observing merging neutron stars – […]

Lego is selling a ‘Women of NASA’ set featuring 4 female scientists, engineers, and astronauts – Business Insider

Lego Ideas Lego announced on Wednesday that it’s releasing a “Women of NASA” set. The $24.99 kit goes on sale November 1 — just in time for the holiday gift-giving season — and builds on a laudable trend of selling toys that are more inclusive of women. “Women of NASA” features four minifigurines of pioneering women […]

What the new gravitational waves discovery means for the future of astronomy – Washington Post

In August, for the first time ever, scientists witnessed the electromagnetic lightning and gravitational gusts from the stormy collision of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy. The cosmic cataclysm created a “kilonova” — a phenomenon that had never been seen before — and the observations by both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors heralded a new […]

NASA says evidence for ‘Planet Nine’ is mounting – Fox News

Artist’s illustration of “Planet Nine,” a hypothesized world about 10 times more massive than Earth that may orbit far beyond Pluto.  (Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)) We might not actually know how many planets are in our Solar System — and no, this isn’t a trick regarding Pluto’s status. For years, scientists have wondered if there […]

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