Satellites

Surprise! Satellites Show That Thermometers Don’t Lie

Enlarge / Official weather stations are more standardized than this consumer one, which helps them track global temperature trends. (credit: Raymond Shobe) Taking a human’s temperature is easy. Taking a pet’s temperature is similarly...
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The Latest Lost Satellite Is Now Space Junk That Could Put Other Spacecraft At Risk

On Thursday, satellite service provider Intelsat announced that one of its communications satellites is now completely lost in orbit above Earth, rendering the vehicle an unmovable piece of space debris. Intelsat says that something damaged the...
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Tess Just Found Its First Earth-sized World

NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), just found its first Earth-sized world. Though the Earth-sized planet, and its hot sub-Neptune companion, were first observed by TESS in January 2019,...
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It's A Match: Satellite And Ground Measurements Agree On Warming

The consenus gives confidence to satellite estimates of temperature rise in remote areas with few weather stations -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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New Satellite Data Sets Reveal Flood Risk For Vulnerable Populations

Scientists from the University of Bristol have modelled the likelihood of flooding in some of the world's most hazardous zones to an unparalleled degree of accuracy.
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Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

Diamond mines in Canada have a short window in which to truck in their equipment—satellite sensors could help ice roads keep on truckin’.
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First Satellite Photo Of Fire-ravaged Notre Dame Appears Online

The priceless Paris landmark went up in flames on Monday evening; the battle to extinguish the blaze took nine hours.
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Debris Of Satellite Destroyed By India May Threaten Iss - Russian Mod

When India tested its anti-satellite weapons, more than 100 fragments of destroyed spacecraft were created; in the future, these fragments could pose a threat to the ISS, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
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Nasa’s Planet Hunter Finds First Earth-sized Exoplanet

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is on a roll. Following January’s announcement of a third confirmed exoplanet—HD 21749b—the space telescope has spotted an Earth-sized sibling, HD 21749c. Both worlds are detailed...
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Nasa Study Verifies Global Warming Trends

A new study has verified the accuracy of recent global warming figures. The team used measurements of the 'skin' temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from 2003 to...
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Tech We’re Using: The Must-have When Reporting On Disasters: A Satellite Phone

Thomas Fuller, San Francisco bureau chief, knows you cannot rely on cell networks during earthquakes, wildfires and other breaking news catastrophes.
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Satellite Images Seem To Indicate That North Korea Is Making Radioactive Bomb Fuel

Activity has been detected at North Korea’s main nuclear site, suggesting Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel since the collapse of a summit with Washington, a US monitor said Wednesday. The possible signs of...
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So, That's Cheerio The Nou To Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 Years Of Service Axed For...

Put that on the side of a bus While the UK government has been trumpeting Blighty's ambitions in the great beyond, a little bit of Scottish satellite infrastructure will close its doors for the last time this month.…
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Earth-size Alien World Discovered By Nasa's Tess Could Host Life?

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has spotted its first Earth-size alien planet. According to a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, TESS discovered the new alien world, given the designation HD 21749c, and...
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Cubesats Prove Their Worth For Scientific Missions

Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data.
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Mysterious Star 21 Comae Reinvestigated With Most Satellite

Astronomers have employed the Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars (MOST) space telescope to conduct a new investigation of the enigmatic variable star 21 Comae whose nature is still widely debated. Results of the new study, presented in a...
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The Reason Why The First-ever Black Hole Photo Was Such A Big Deal

During April 2017, the Event Horizon Telescope project turned eight satellites towards a point in space. Scientists were trying to take a photo that would confirm years of speculation and theorizing. They were taking a picture of the now famous...
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Last Week In Space: Giant Aircraft, Asteroid Impacts And Exploding Satellites

Also, Boeing's Starliner is tickety boo. No, really Roundup  While Falcon Heavy had space fans jumping for joy and a crashing Israeli lander had them sniffling into their Beresheet-branded hankies, last week in space was a busy one.…
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Pepsi Wants To Use Satellites To Advertise In The Sky

Go to any city and chances are you’ll be bombarded with ads everywhere, whether it be on buildings, people holding placards, handing out brochures, and so on, ads are everywhere. However, thankfully whenever we look to the sky, we can be free...
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Illuminating The Night With Curtains Of Light: The Aurora Borealis Seen From Above And Below

I've been meaning to write a story about the aurora borealis ever since I captured photos of an astonishing display in January when I was visiting Tromsø, Norway to cover the Arctic Frontiers conference. Finally, the satellite image above offered...
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