Winter has been running late this year, in South Africa, but with a sudden string of week-long crystal-clear cloudless night skies, it finally seems to have arrived! The air is crisp, the stars are steady and bright, and it’s time to blow the dust off my telescope.
But while we wait for the optics to cool down and stabilise, let’s have a look at what’s been going on in the world of space science and astronomy, in this 510th edition of the Carnival of Space:
- We Will Launch on Reusable Rocket After Exceptional SpaceX Performance – Inmarsat CEO Tells Universe Today
- Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Hit in Exactly the Wrong Place
- We Might Have a New Way to Push Back Space Radiation
- Dawn Gets Right in Between the Sun and Ceres and Takes this Video
The Evolving Planet
Next Big Future
- Berkant Göksel at the Technical University of Berlin and his team now want to fit plasma engines to planes. “We want to develop a system that can operate above an altitude of 30 kilometers where standard jet engines cannot go,” he says. These could even take passengers to the edge of the atmosphere and beyond. The challenge was to develop an air-breathing plasma propulsion engine that could be used for take-off as well as high-altitude flying.
- Tabby star is in the middle of a dimming event and has dimmed by 1% per day
And that closes off the Carnival of Space for another week. For more carnival goodness, visit Everyday Spacer next week for the 511th edition. Or, subscribe to the Urban Astronomer Podcast, for our own local flavour of space news and interviews!