Recently in the Interstellar Category


In October astronomers were surprised by a visitor that came racing into our solar system from interstellar space.

Achieving relativistic flight to enable extrasolar exploration is one of the dreams of humanity and the long term goal of our NASA Starlight program.

According to Alphonse Swinehart via Vimeo "In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow."

In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative. He plans to invest 100 million US dollars in the development of an ultra-light light sail that can be accelerated to 20 percent of the speed of light to reach the Alpha Centauri star system within 20 years.

Alpha Centauri As Seen From Saturn

The nearest star system (and the destination of Breakthrough Starshot) the trinary star Alpha Centauri, hangs above the horizon of Saturn.

Plans for Earth's first starships are being announced today in New York City. At a midday press conference, Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Prize Foundation is unveiling its latest project: "Breakthrough Starshot".

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the center of Christopher Nolan's epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes.

The "tsunami wave" that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers have seen in interstellar space.

Visiting Interstellar's Spacecraft

I had an opportunity to stand next to a spaceship from the film "Interstellar" last Friday and fly through a simulation of yet another spacecraft from the film.