Finding Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy is now high in the sky if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere (which the folks at SUSF are…) and it just reached its closest point to Earth on January 7th, 2015 so we highly recommend that you grab 20 of your closest friends and go outside and see this beautiful green comet. The…

Space Materials 101: Ceramics

Ceramics in Space Because we value our people and shuttles, we have some rather unique designs to permit reentry into our atmosphere, and I want to take a moment to mention some of the cool chemistry/particle physics behind a component of the Space Shuttles Thermal Protection system: Ceramics. Specifically the LI-900 Ceramics.  It is mostly…

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Intermediate Black Hole Discovery

Stellar Mass Black Holes Black holes naturally come in two types: Stellar Mass Black Holes, and Super Massive Black Holes. The stellar mass types are the remnants of dead stars that ‘collapsed in upon themselves’. This is the type of black hole we’re most familiar with. Stellar Mass Black Holes can happen when massive stars…