Day: September 2, 2019

Vintage film shows Thwaites Glacier ice shelf melting faster than previously observed

Professor Dustin Schroeder (foreground) and art historian Jessica Daniel splice 50-year-old film containing radar measurements of Antarctica into a reel in preparation for digital scanning at the Scott Polar Research Institute in the UK. Credit: Dustin Schroeder Newly digitized vintage film has doubled how far back scientists can peer into the history of underground ice…

Astronauts Celebrate Labor Day 2019 in Space

NASA astronauts Christina Koch (left), Nick Hague (center) and Andrew Morgan pose for a selfie inside the International Space Station’s Cupola observation module as a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft hovers just outside in the background during their Expedition 60 mission. (Image: © NASA) American astronauts on the International Space Station are starting this week with a…

Auroras may light up the night sky this Labor Day weekend

Just as menacing Hurricane Dorian is wreaking havoc in the Atlantic Ocean, an incoming solar tempest may trigger colorful displays of northern lights over the next few nights. Auroras could easily spill across the United States to places like Washington, Minnesota, and New York and even in more southerly states. This past week, a monster-sized…

SpaceX reportedly refused to move Starlink satellite, provoking odd space agency tweets

The European Space Agency (ESA) has published an unusual press release – in the form of a Twitter thread – specifically blaming SpaceX’s nascent Starlink constellation for a collision avoidance maneuver recently performed by Aeolus, a scientific spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX reportedly refused to move its Starlink satellite, triggering the maneuver.SpaceX launched…

Mineral ‘never seen in nature’ found in meteorite

The Wedderburn meteorite (Museums CC)A mineral never seen in nature has been found in a scan of a meteorite found by the side of a road in Australia.The Wedderburn meteorite is a 210g piece of space rock which was found near a remote mining town in Victoria in 1951.Caltech (California Institute of Technology) researchers have…

Errol Morris and Bob Odenkirk team up to “capture the absurdity and the desperation” of climate change

Director Errol Morris made a bunch of darkly funny 30-second spots about climate change starring Bob Odenkirk. From his director’s statement: I have never had any trouble believing in climate change, global warming, or whatever you want to call it. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. Galileo famously replied to Archbishop Piccolomini (or some other Vatican…