- Close-up View of Neutron Star Mission's X-Ray Concentrator Optics
A new NASA mission, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is headed for the International Space Station to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. In this photo, NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected for dust and foreign object debris that could impair functionality once in space.
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The last particle (at least for now) of the standard model has been found! Fermilab has a good, easy to read description of what the standard model is. Sadly it wasn’t at Fermilab. Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s tweets yesterday say it all … Continue reading
Wednesday is the day for particle physicists and those who like thinking about the very very small in the universe. Cern is the world’s biggest particle collider located in France and Switzerland. Deep inside the 17 mile tunnel that crosses … Continue reading
This video is a great way to start kids (and others) thinking about the vastness of the universe. It is a great way to start the year off in an astronomy class. I show this at the end of our … Continue reading
Exoplanets are planets that orbit other stars, not our star the Sun. Look at this great drawing of exoplanets from the comic xkcd. There are a lot of planets out there, beyond our own solar system. Will we ever visit … Continue reading