Comets vs Asteroids | Space

From blazing a trail through the night sky to wiping out the dinosaurs, we’ve all heard of the chunks of rock or ice traversing our solar system. But what is the difference between comets and asteroids? In our solar system’s asteroid belt there are millions of asteroids and at least 1.1 million large asteroids with … Read more

Scientists grow plants in lunar soil

Growing plants in lunar soil is now a reality. Scientists are looking at the plates, some filled with lunar soil and some with control soils, under LED growing lights. At the time, the scientists did not know if the seeds would even germinate in lunar soil. Image via Tyler Jones / UF / IFAS. Originally … Read more

UCF scientists talk space, sci-fi in live MegaCon podcast – Orlando Sentinel

Before Joshua Colwell, Addie Dove and Hannah Sargeant started diving into the new episode of the Walkabout the Galaxy podcast Saturday at MegaCon, Colwell had an icebreaker – if you could have the superpower to see in other light waves, which would you choose? Sargeant went first, choosing infrared. Dove selected ultraviolet. Brendan Byrne, space … Read more

Webb Space Telescope Nearly Set to Explore the Solar System

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the next of NASA’s Great Observatories; following in the line of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. JWST combines the qualities of two of its predecessors, observing in infrared light, like Spitzer, with fine resolution, like Hubble. … Read more

Best cameras for timelapse | Space

Looking for the best cameras for timelapse videos? You’re in the right place. Using individual images taken over time and played back at normal speed, time-lapses create engaging and dramatic ‘motion pictures’. Timelapses help to reveal a movement in scenes that our eyes can not see, speed up movement, or demonstrate the passage of time. … Read more

This tiny space rock might be the 1st physical evidence of a rare supernova

A space rock discovered more than two decades ago may be the first physical evidence of a rare type of powerful stellar explosion called a Type Ia supernova, according to a new study. In 1996, a researcher working in the Egyptian desert found a small pebble that scientists later determined was likely extraterrestrial in origin, … Read more

Boeing Starliner Launches to Space Station on NASA Uncrewed Flight Test

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off on May 19, 2022, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida for NASA Boeing’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Liftoff for OFT-2 occurred at 6:54 pm EDT. Starliner is expected to arrive at the space … Read more

Boeing Starliner capsule launches on critical NASA test flight to space station

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is finally on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). Starliner lifted off today (May 19) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The duo rose off a pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station as planned at 6:54 pm EDT (2254 GMT), kicking off the crucial Orbital … Read more

How to watch Boeing Starliner’s OFT-2 mission to the space station: Webcast guide

Boeing’s Starliner astronaut taxi is launching Thursday (May 19) on a crucial test flight, but coverage of the mission will continue long after liftoff. Starliner’s uncrewed mission, called Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), is scheduled to begin Thursday at 6:54 pm EDT (2254 GMT). If all goes to plan, Starliner will lift off towards the International … Read more