Mercury Alarm Bells

Mercury Alarm Bells

Mercury was recently defined as the “Sun sentinel”, because it may inform us about imminent geomagnetic storms caused by the arrival of solar plasma bubbles, called Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into the terrestrial environment. It is a fact that there is a direct link between the passage of a bubble from the Sun and the exosphere dynamic of Mercury. The emission trend of Sodium (Na) around Mercury could be an alarm bell in the spatial planetary meteorology: it shall provide indications about the spread of solar low-pressure areas before their possible coming to the Earth. In a National Institute of…

Exotopography, New Research Field

Exotopography, new research field

Moiya McTier, a Columbia University astronomer, declared that in the near future it is possible “seeing mountains and valleys on distant worlds”. How could it be? I’m about to tell you. On 11th of January 2018 she presented some analysis at the American Astronomical Society, showing about working in a new research field, the exotopography. This last is a young branch of astrophysics, focused on topography exoplanet perspective. She used the maps of our four terrestrial planets and the moon (made by US Geological Survey) to determine what their light curves around. Then, the astronomer declared also that by analysing the dip in a star’s light as a…

Solar System Exploration Plan 2018

Solar System exploration plan 2018

With the beginning of this New Year also the aerospace world has new purposes, so let’s have a look to the Solar System exploration plan of 2018! Hereafter we show you the main points: During this year it is predicted the expedition of 18 astronauts to ISS; In March “Chandrayaan -2” probe is going to move on Moon bringing a lander and rover; “Hayabusa 2” probe (launched in 2014) is in transit to Ryugu asteroid and it will arrive in July; “OSIRIS-Rex” probe (launched in 2016) is in transit to Bennu asteroid and it will arrive in August; In October…

The SuperMoon Of December

The SuperMoon of December

The moon became totally full at 10.47 EST (1547 GMT) a.m. on 3rd December and it officially reached perigee on December 4 at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT), when it was 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometers) away from Earth. Specifically, it happens when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee or another point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth: it appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. For those of you who don’t know, a perigee is “the point in the orbit of an object (such as a satellite) orbiting the earth…

The Flyby Asteroid 2012 TC4

The flyby asteroid 2012 TC4

The last 12 October 2017 at 7.42 a.m. it was done the first anti-asteroid exercise with the 2012 TC4 asteroid. The 2012 TC4 grazed the Earth, in particular the Antarctic, less than 44.000 km that is one-tenth of the distance between Earth and Moon. It was discovered on 4th October 2012 when it was distant 4.500.000 km from Earth and it came up with a speed of 30.000 miles per hour. This 15 metres of diameter asteroid falls into the category of near-earth object (NEO) of the Apollo group. In this manner the asteroid had permitted the first planetary defence…

How Astronauts Prepare Themselves To Their Space Mission

How astronauts prepare themselves to their space mission

Have you ever wondered how astronauts prepare themselves to their space missions? Well, in this piece will be explained, focusing the attention on one special location! Sure enough there is a place in Sardinia, called Sa Grutta, that is able to simulate the space scenario within which the European Space Agency organizes every year a unique underground training course into the cavern, named “CAVES” (Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills): the astronauts are 110 m underground with 61° F and 98.8 % of humidity. “The two-week course prepares astronauts to work safely and effectively in…

NOBEL PRIZE 2017 “For Decisive Contributions To The LIGO Detector And The Observation Of Gravitational Waves”

NOBEL PRIZE 2017 “For decisive contributions to the LIGO Detector and the observation of gravitational waves”

The Phisycs Nobel Prize 2017 has been given to the resoluted astrophysicals Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip Thorne. Who are they? Rainer Weiss is a german physicist in specialised physics gravitation. Barry C. Barish is an american theoretical physicist specialised in physics gravitation. Kip Thorne is an american theoretical physics specialised in physics gravitation and in astrophysics and he is also one of the greater experts about gravitational waves . What are gravitational waves? They are ripples in the curvature of spacetime created by a supernova wich explodes,two big stars which orbit each other or  two black holes…

A New Mission In Australia To Extend The ABTS System Features.

A new mission in Australia to extend the ABTS system features.

Earlier this month, in a two weeks’operation in South Australia, our engineers successfully implemented and tested the new capabilities and functions for the ABTS (Automatic Ballistic Tracking System) that currently operates in Port Wakefield. The upgrade and test activities concerned graphical, operative and tactical improvements of the MMP – Mission Management Platform, the software developed by Nurjana Technologies, which manages the system and test missions. The system has been tested on various types of ballistic launches with illuminating candles projectiles and airburst projectiles. Sensors FOV graphical representation It allows the operator to set for each EOS sensor up to two…

ESA’s Space Weather Probe Will Warn Us If Devastating Solar Storms Are Heading For Earth

ESA’s space weather probe will warn us if devastating solar storms are heading for Earth

From hurricanes to solar storms, weather in space has the potential to cause havoc on Earth so the European Space Agency (Esa) is planning a space-weather satellite to act like an interstellar forecaster. In 2023, Esa will send a probe to a gravitationally stable point in space, known as Langrage 5 (L5), where it will study streams of charged particles heading towards Earth. Other probes currently face the Sun, at Larange 1 (L1), so the new positioning would offer an alternative view of the star's surface and let scientists measure the speed of solar eruptions more precisely. It will be…

What Would It Be Like To Actually Land On Pluto?

What would it be like to actually land on Pluto?

The intense cold and travel time of a minimum of nine years, humans will certainly not be travelling to Pluto any time soon, but now, NASA has released a video showing a collage of photos that were taken during its farthest and closest of approaches. This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA’s New Horizons over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto, starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and leading up to an…