The development of the James Webb Space Telescope, the second telescope for the outer space, is currently underway. Nasa aims to launch the said telescope in 2018. Meanwhile, NASA has extended the Hubble Space Telescope's contract with the Space Telescope Science Institute for another five years at $2.03 billion.
Hundred Times Stronger than the Hubble Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope is aimed at being 100 times stronger than the Hubble Space Telescope. It is reported to have infrared capabilities that will allow scientists to look into the very origins of our universe, observe comets and asteroids as well as examine the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system. In particular, astronomers are aiming to gain information about Planet 9, which they believe lie some 900 AU (or Earth-Sun distances away). more >>
NASA made a recent discovery -- an asteroid that has been orbiting Earth for about 100 years now and is not escaping our planet any time soon, keeping our solitary moon company. Like our natural satellite, it's likely to stay in orbit around Earth for a long time.
This quasi-satellite is known as Asteroid 2016 HO3. It was discovered by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on April 27, 2016 based in Haleakala, Hawaii.
Accompanying Earth for Almost a Century more >>
Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and co-founder of the highly regarded String Field Theory, has created a stir in the scientific community by saying he believes there is evidence that the universe was created by a higher intelligence and not by accident.
"I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence," the scientist said in an an article published in the Geophilosophical Association of Anthropological and Cultural Studies, according to ForcesMente. "Believe me, everything that we call chance today won't make sense anymore. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance."
Kaku, who is not known to believe in any particular religion and appears to believe in Spinoza's God, says he can explain this by theoretical particles known as "primitive semi-radius tachyons," which are capable of unsticking the universe matter or vacuum space between matter particles, leaving everything free from the influences of the surrounding universe. more >>
NASA has discovered a new planet and is now the youngest planet found outside the solar system.
The Youngest Exoplanet
NASA's planet-hunting spacescraft, Kepler, recently found a new exoplanet called K2-33b, which is the youngest exoplanet outside the solar system. K2-33b is approximately 5 to 10 million years old, which is young compared to the 14 billion years that the universe has existed. In terms of size, the young exoplanet is as big as Neptune. more >>
A surgical team's plan to perform the first-ever human head transplant is unethical, says Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
"Believing in the sanctity of life from a biblical point of view, how do you ethically do this?" Stevens asked in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, noting the procedure's "risk to the patient is just enormous."
"There's no way to ethically do this type of experiment when you haven't proven it in the lab. What happens when it doesn't work? Patient's head has been severed and they're going to die," he said. more >>
For the first time since 1967, the strawberry moon and summer solstice coincide Monday in a rare occurrence which will treat people all over world with a bright moonlight sky. You can watch the live streaming of the event at slooh.com by clicking here.
In explaining the once-in-a-lifetime episode, the full moon or strawberry moon on Monday night will occur during the same time as the summer solstice. This is a must-catch occurrence since it will not happen again until 2062.
What is the Strawberry Moon? more >>