Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Artificial Meteor Showers Are the Atmospheric Spectacles No One Asked For- GIZMODO

Artist’s depiction of the artificial meteor shower, which may or may not look like this. Illustration: ALETomorrow morning, an Epsilon-4 rocket will blast off from the JAXA Uchinoura Space...

‘Wet Sidewalk Effect’ Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn’s Moon Titan- GIZMODO

TitanImage: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement.We already knew...

This Quadruple Star System Is Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before- GIZMODO

Artist’s depiction of HD 98800, featuring the protoplanetary disk and inner binary pair. The outer binary pair is not shown. Image: University of Warwick/Mark GarlickAstronomers using the ALMA telescope...

What’s the Loudest Sound in the Universe?- GIZMODO

Illustration: Chelsea Beck (Gizmodo)Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  The human tolerance for sound...

Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week- GIZMODO

Screenshot: YouTube/Vertical Entertainment; Illustration: Chelsea Beck (Gizmodo); Photo: Lora DiCarlo; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.WeissTen hut, Gizmodo readers! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution you should be working on? Do not...

Our Sun Could One Day Turn Into a Crystal Ball- GIZMODO

An artist’s concept of a crystal white dwarf.Illustration: University of Warwick/Mark GarlickAt the end of its life, our Sun could end up as a crystal—and physicists now have observational...

A Star Fell Into a Black Hole, Revealing Its Super-Fast Spin- GIZMODO

An artist’s impression of a black holeIllustration: NASA/CXC/M. WeissScientists have measured a fundamental property of a supermassive black hole—how fast it spins—by measuring a star slamming into it.It can...

Government Shutdown Puts Damper on America’s Major Astronomy Conference- GIZMODO

The SOFIA telescope, pictured, was supposed to be flown in for the conference. That won’t happen, due to the government shutdown.Photo: NASA / Jim RossAs the U.S. government shutdown...

China Successfully Deploys Jade Rabbit 2 Rover on Moon’s Far Side- GIZMODO

The Jade Rabbit 2 lunar rover on the Moon’s far side. Image: China National Space AdministrationFor the first time in history, a mobile probe is active on the far...

Volcanic Plume Rising From Jupiter’s Moon Io Spotted by Juno Probe- GIZMODO

JunoCam image of Jupiter’s moon Io and the volcanic plume along the day-night boundary. Image: NASA/SwRI/MSSSWhile performing its 17th flyby of Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft witnessed a volcanic plume...