Would-Be Life Supporting Planet Doesn’t Actually Exist

Would-Be Life Supporting Planet Doesn’t Actually Exist

I think everyone has at least wondered if we’re alone in the Universe. Whether you believe that this old rock is the only one with life on it or not, it’s impossible to deny the vastness of space and the awe that comes with the complexity of our space programs. Like most kids my age, I was fascinated with science fiction, Heck, I bet every kid has imagined flying through space at warp speed,...

Knowing Moon's Origin A Step Closer?

Knowing Moon’s Origin A Step Closer?

How the moon came to exist is still in dispute. Recent findings by scientists in Germany are claimed by some experts to further support the most popular theory that the moon was formed from a collision of Earth and another, smaller planet, but the significance of this evidence is itself in question. The UK's Natural History Museum explains that there are three major theories for the formation of the moon. The Accretion Theory, that the...

University of Alberta Needs Your Help

The University Of Alberta Needs Your Help

The University of Alberta is attempting to raise money through a crowd funding campaign to help it launch its first satellite into space. AlbertaSat is being put on by a group of students and faculty at the university, aimed at designing, building, testing, launching and operating satellites. The project said it is looking to the public to help raise the launch fee for its first project, the Experimental Albertan #1 Satellite (Ex-Alta 1). “Ex-Alta 1, while...

Experiment Sets New Constraints On Dark Matter

Experiment Sets New Constraints On Dark Matter

The search for dark matter is one of the most compelling areas of research in astronomy today. Recent experiments – such as the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope and Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – have seen hints of dark matter annihilations, but we have yet to identify the particle itself yet. Recent analysis from the LUX experiment has placed significant constraints on the energy – thereby constraining the mass – of the candidate particle. But there remains a...

New ‘Jump From Space’ Video Released Over Super Bowl Weekend

New ‘Jump From Space’ Video Released Over Super Bowl Weekend

Red Bull is milking Felix Baumgartner’s jump from 2012 for as much as it’s worth, slowly rolling out footage that could have been made available almost immediately over a year and a half later. When Baumgartner made his “leap from space” back in October 2012, he set all kinds of records on the way down, and was equipped with sensors that determined altitude, speed, temperature and more. The stunt devil was also set up with...

7 Great Space Stories of 2013

7 Great Space Stories Of 2013

For my next blog, I thought I would write another best of 2013, this time focusing on the best of space of 2013. Time.com listed the 10 best space moments of 2013. Let’s take a look at seven on Time’s list. 7) Cute Planet In 2013, the Kepler space telescope discovered Kepler-37b, a planet that is only 2400 mile across, which makes it only 10 percent larger than our own moon. This adorable little planet lives...

Our Eternal Universe

Our Eternal Universe

The universe is a pretty big concept to try and fully comprehend. It’s a massive, ever-expanding sea of questions that we’ve only just barely begun to uncover, and one of the most imposing of these mysteries is its age. Just how old is this perpetually exploding mass of space? The prevailing scientific notion sets the galaxy’s age at 13.8 billion years, citing the Big Bang theory as the generation point of galactic matter. No...

Spacefaring: From Rural India To Living In Space

Spacefaring: From Rural India To Living In Space

In November, India launched a space probe that it hopes will reach Mars in September, 2014. If the Mangalyaan probe is successful, India will become only the fourth nation to complete the aim of reaching the Red Planet, and the first to do so successfully on its initial attempt. Space programs have always attracted some criticism, because people don’t always see the value of space exploration when its huge expense is held up against the...

My Unhealthy Relationship With A Comet

My Unhealthy Relationship With A Comet

When we first met, everything was new and exciting. We were doing the usual ‘getting to know you’ kind of things. I have to admit I became a bit of a creeper, checking up on ISON’s internet activity more than once a week. But apparently my suspicions were well-founded. The more I looked into those early promises ISON made to me, the more I came to realize they just sounded too good to be...

Our Sister Solar System

Our Sister Solar System

I’ve always loved stargazing. Even as a kid, I would find myself staring up at the sky on clear nights, trying to grapple with the sheer scope and majesty of the starscape. My friends and I would sometimes sleep outside during the summer, often spending hours doing little else. We invented entire galaxies in our heads -- galaxies that we told ourselves might be up there, somewhere. It was awe-inspiring, fascinating, and in some...