Archive for the ‘Astronomy’ Category

On the very day the bomb cyclone exploded, we learned that 2017 was one of the very warmest on record

One verdict on global warming in 2017 is in: Warmest year with no temperature boost from El Niño, and second warmest overall

Today brought another lesson about the difference between weather and climate.

While winds were howling, snow was blowi…

Satellite imagery shows just how bad the loss of Arctic sea ice has been off Alaska and eastern Siberia

Where sea ice should already be present, there are just vast swaths of open water. The cause: storminess and massive inflows of warmth.

With winter descending on the Arctic, sea ice should be expanding rapidly in the Bering and Chukchi seas off Ala…

Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2017

As a young scientist, Tony del Genio of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City met Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is a one-time opportunity,’” del Genio said. …

China and the US are both shooting for the moon

Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017

On the face of it, it looks like two of the world’s biggest powers are racing to get astronauts back on the lunar surface. China is aiming to land crew on the moon by 2036, while on the other side of the P…

Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light

Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017

Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The new method makes it possible to produce these gamma rays in a highly efficient way, compared with today’s technique. The obtained e…

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