Inside
Inside Space

Inside Space (Dec 7th, 2017)

The oldest and farthest supermassive black hole known to science has been discovered. The black hole is 13 billion light-years away, forming about 690 million years after the Big Bang. It's a whopping 800 million times the mass of our sun. The discovery also found an active quasar. "The most distant quasars can provide key insights to outstanding questions in astrophysics," said Eduardo Bañados, the study's lead author. The report was published this week in "Nature." — BBC

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

A fireball was spotted Tuesday night in the sky above Tampa Bay, Florida. NASA received more than 60 reports, and several eyewitnesses recorded video, of the fireball dropping out of the sky before exploding behind cloud cover. Fireballs are type of meteor and are very common, according to the American Meteor Society. But few are seen because many appear over oceans, above uninhabited regions or during the daytime when the fireball is camouflaged by the sun. — DAILY MAIL

Fireballs, a kind of meteor, are measured by their brightness on a scale known as apparent magnitude

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

A SpaceX launch planned for Friday has been delayed until at least Tuesday to finish preparations at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. In a blog post Tuesday, NASA officials wrote, "This new launch date takes into account pad readiness, requirements for science payloads, space station crew availability and orbital mechanics." A test-firing at the launch pad was the first time a rocket was fired up there since Sept. 1, 2016, when a rocket exploded while being fueled. On Tuesday's launch, SpaceX's Falcon 9 will carry the Dragon capsule, which is expected to deliver to the International Space Station a space tracker device, a machine that was built to manufacture optical fiber on orbit, along with supplies for the crew. — SPACE

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

NASA employees are the happiest among all large federal agencies, a new study finds. It's the sixth year in a row the agency has topped the list, compiled by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. This year, NASA scored high with 80.9 points out of 100 points. The survey polled more than 480,000 federal workers at more than 200 federal agencies and asked whether workers enjoyed their jobs, if they were willing to put in extra time and if they believed what they're doing is important. Lowest on the list of the largest 18 agencies was the Department of Homeland Security with 52 points. The Department of State's score dropped almost 3 points from last year, and Department of Justice's score dropped 2 points from 2016. A large agency, according to the survey, is defined as having more than 15,000 employees. — CNN

The NASA logo on a protective box for a camera near the space shuttle Endeavour April 28, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as preparations are under way for an April 29 launch of Endeavour, which will be its last flight. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

SpaceX founder Elon Musk apparently wants his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster on Mars. In a series of tweets, the billionaire said he planned to launch the Roadster into space next month on the Falcon Heavy rocket. "Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent," he tweeted. The rocket is designed to carry supplies and crew to deep-space destinations like Mars. — SKYNEWS

Elon Musk

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Move over Clark Griswold.

Just in time for the holiday season are two spectacular light shows: Geminid and Ursids meteor showers.

Image result for Geminid meteor shower gif

Though these shows come sans waving Santas and spinning candy canes, they're sure to wow spectators.

The Geminid meteor shower is set to begin the second week of December and continue through Dec. 16 — with peak viewing the night of Dec. 13 and morning of Dec. 14. The show was washed out last year due to the supermoon.

More than 100 meteors can zoom across the sky an hour during Geminid's peak time (2 in the morning). The show can be viewed without a telescope, though a device would enhance the view.

The Ursids meteor shower will happen Dec. 22 into Dec. 23. This one isn't as easy to see as Geminid.

"The Ursids are not noted for fireballs, like the Geminids," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said. "You will need a dark sky to see them."

Since both meteor shows are best viewed without artificial light, it might be best to turn off those flashing reindeer and light-up Santa displays in your yard (temporarily of course). 

Image result for clark griswold gif

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Subscribe to Inside Space

MORE NEWSLETTERS

Small x2 screen shot 2016 08 18 at 10.43.17 am

Inside Daily Brief

A concise presentation of the world's most important, interesting news

DAILY
Small x2 newspaper

Inside Daily Brief

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Small x2 screen shot 2017 11 06 at 4.41.56 pm

Inside Streaming

News, updates, reviews and analysis of industry and consumer trends in the world of streaming

WEEKLY
Small x2 gyroscopicilluminatedfigure dec14 1

Inside Streaming

WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Small x2 screen shot 2017 02 01 at 2.23.49 pm

Inside Real Estate

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

TWICE WEEKLY
Small x2 tumblr mfpcr391jj1rqigtoo1 400

Inside Real Estate

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Small x2 screen shot 2016 08 22 at 4.06.36 pm

Inside Security

David Strom's in-depth cybersecurity news and analysis

TWICE WEEKLY
Small x2 giphy 3

Inside Security

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via