K2 18b Has a Damp Atmosphere

In 2015 Kepler found this planet orbiting a red dwarf star some 110 light years from Earth, twice as wide as Earth, and has eight times Earth’s mass. It's not exactly Earth-like, but it does orbit within the habitable zone of that star. In 2016 and 2017 using the Hubble, a team discovered that the... Continue Reading →

Isreal orbits the moon, but fails to land

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/science/israel-moon-landing-beresheet.html Beresheet, which means “Genesis” or “in the beginning” in Hebrew, would have been the first robotic lander on the moon built by a private organization, Space IL from Israel. With high hopes, the mission began. It rocketed off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in February, orbited the moon, took a selfie, and then... Continue Reading →

Tesla and Starman

So it's been a year since Starman the mannequin was launched into space in his cherry red Tesla Roadster with Hot Wheels model Tesla on the dash. The car is 226 million miles from Earth now. There is a really cool website run by Programmer Ben Pearson that counts Starman's distance as he travels at... Continue Reading →

Learning from Failure

We are all taught that failure is bad as we learn in school. You were grounded for getting Fs and rewarded for getting As. We love to report space victories, but the truth is, we learn from our failures. On October 11, a seemingly routine Roscosmos launch to the International Space Station went a bit... Continue Reading →

New Constellations

Sure, you can pick out Orion, the big and little dippers, and the North star. Maybe you even know your other zodiac constellations, but those are all in the sky visible to our naked eye. But if you are mapping gamma rays, you can see many more stars in space than from Earth. Scientists using... Continue Reading →

TESS discovers 2 planets

As we are kind of alien nuts over here at Hawk and Young, and as it's totally possible that some form of life is out there somewhere, we are so pleased to report that Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has found two new planets orbiting 'near by' stars and 73 possible other planets causing dips... Continue Reading →

A WordPress.com Website.

Up ↑