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The Keck I and Keck II telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii Photo: W.M. Keck Observatory
Scientists are calling it a “crisis in cosmology.” According to a new study, which was published last month in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the universe is expanding faster than we thought. Astrophysicists call the discovery the “most exciting development in cosmology in decades.” Researchers used a new technology at the Keck Observatory telescope in Hawaii that relies on shape-shifting mirrors that took precise measurements of the rate at which the universe is expanding. The problem is these new measurements don’t match the standard model that scientists had been using. They hope to use this new telescope technology to gather more precise data to find the missing pieces in their understanding of the universe. Yeah, we hope so too! And to quote our favorite space explorer — “to infinity and beyond!”
In a tweet last Friday, the Republican Party boasted about President Trump’s agenda “fighting for you” in his second term, which included establishing a permanent human presence on the moon, sending astronauts to visit Mars, infrastructure, and high-speed internet nationwide (in that order). As if these things were remotely comparable! And maybe they should consider […]
NASA announced that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down on the near-Earth asteroid Bennu after spending two years orbiting it. Its task was to grab a sample from the asteroid’s surface with its robotic arm. Bennu sits 200 million miles from Earth (so close) and NASA’s leadership was thrilled with this latest “first” — the […]
When a second-grade class wondered what would happen if a firefly went to space (would it still be able to light up in zero gravity?) their teacher, Maggie Samudio, helped them get the answer by helping her students send an experiment to space. As the New York Times reported, Blue Origin, the rocket company started […]
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