Hello space fans and welcome to another edition of Carnival of Space 644. It’s a space community-driven post where we gather the best space stories of the week and share them with you. You can check out the archive of all the past Carnival Space over at Universe Today here.
We’re starting off our first story with NextBigFuture article on how Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act 2020. It’s a hefty one that creates the new Space Force agency along with many other changes. Read the article for more information here.
Our next story focuses on Aerospace company Boeing. Boeing is going through some hard times and analysts can trace it back to new leadership and a merger that changed Boeing’s focus from engineering to management. Check out the article for more information and resources on how Boeing lost its way and what exactly it failed at.
Our third story is with Universe Today on the infamous Betelgeuse. This star is a beautiful and bright one to point out in the Orion constellation as pictured above from Alan Dyer. However, this star started to dim a lot or at least more than anticipated. This stirred the community and wondering what is happening with this gargantuan star. Universe Today has more on that and you can read the full story here.
Here’s a fascinating story around a nearby pulsar by Universe Today. Astronomers have been watching this pulsar and may help them uncover a mystery that’s been alluding them for some time. The puzzle is where does all this antimatter that is near-Earth come from? Is it because of the halo around this nearby pulsar? To find out read the rest of this great article here.
What a way to close out 2019 with a beautiful annular solar eclipse. Universe Today walks you through what solar eclipses are, how to prepare for them, and all the details you need to ensure you make the best of this event. Read the full story here.
Universe Today brings another wonderful story around black holes. A mystery that surrounds black holes goes back to how it all began, the Big Bang. Astronomers wonder how the universe evolved in the beginning since supermassive black holes play a critical role in forming galaxies, like our own, and producing more stars and cosmic gas. Well, astronomers may have found a large reservoir of cooled hydrogen. This means it might have provided a food source for supermassive black holes. Read the full article to learn more about what astronomers discovered.
Here’s a story from Universe Today on Boeing’s failed mission to the ISS. The launch of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft went successful but just couldn’t close it out when it got to the ISS. The Starliner couldn’t dock with the ISS due to a mishap. This means that Boeing now has delayed their planned crewed flight until next summer. Check out the full story from Universe Today to learn what failed exactly and what this implies for Boeing’s future.