NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope has successfully measured the “10th Planet” and found it to be 1,490 miles, only slightly larger than its neighbor Pluto at 1,422 miles wide. Planetary Scientist at CalTech Mike Brown led the team that recently discovered the newly nicknamed “Xena.” The measurements were snapped in visible light photos taken Dec. 9 and 10, 2005, and just accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. Thankfully, Brown chose the name Xena over space alien Xenu, who has also recently been in the news.
As Russian scientists gather fragments of the 10-ton meteor that streaked across the sky on Friday at 33,000 miles per hour, TED Fellow Hakeem Oluseyi took to the airwaves to weigh in on the event. Oluseyi is an astrophysicist and teacher determined to bring science to poor classrooms across the world. His work has spanned […]
In TIME’s end-of-the-year “New Space Discoveries” special, the magazine picked “The 25 Most Influential People in Space” — from telescope innovators to planet hunters. Of those included in the list, we couldn’t help but notice that five had given TED Talks. Below, check out what each had to say on the TED stage. 1. Andrea […]