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News Archive / Author: Ocean McIntyre

A native of the Greater Los Angeles area, Ocean McIntyre's writing is focused primarily on science (STEM and STEAM) education and public outreach. McIntyre is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador as well as holding memberships with The Planetary Society, Los Angeles Astronomical Society, and is a founding member of McIntyre is currently studying astrophysics and planetary science with additional interests in astrobiology, cosmology and directed energy propulsion technology. With SpaceFlight Insider seeking to expand the amount of science articles it produces, McIntyre was a welcomed addition to our growing team.

Articles By Ocean McIntyre

  • ‘Great American Eclipse’ offers opportunity for millions

    August 20th, 2017

    On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, anyone in the United States, most of Canada and northern parts of Mexico, and also some countries in the Caribbean will be able to view either a total or partial solar eclipse that will pass across the entirety of the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

  • Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

    August 13th, 2017

    Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft has shown that large, distant comets are more common than previously thought, according to research published in the Astronomical Journal. These "long-period comets" originate from the distant Oort Cloud.

  • As dusk sets on NASA’s Cassini mission, Saturn still providing surprises

    July 28th, 2017

    After twenty years in space and thirteen years directly observing Saturn and its system of hypnotic rings and moons, the Cassini spacecraft is continuing to tease out tantalizing data from the mysterious ringed beauty about every six days.

  • Brown dwarf discovered with the help of citizen scientists

    July 20th, 2017

    Sometimes in science, when you search for one thing, you end up finding something completely different. Such is the case with the search for the thus far elusive Planet Nine and the citizen scientists who ended up finding a brown dwarf instead.

  • Curiosity eyes new ridge in exploration of the Red Planet

    July 15th, 2017

    After nearly five years of its exploration of the Red Planet, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, more commonly known as the Curiosity rover, will begin its long-awaited study of a tantalizing ridge formation along a slope of Mount Sharp in the center of Gale Crater.

  • Juno approaches 6th science perijove and a peek at the Great Red Spot

    July 8th, 2017

    Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Juno's insertion into orbit above Jupiter, the spacecraft will make its sixth science pass over the planet’s cloud tops. The pass on July 10, 2017, will be one of special interest, as it will be passing over the iconic Great Red Spot.

  • Astronomers find exoplanet hotter than most stars

    June 7th, 2017

    Six hundred and twenty light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus, a bright, young, Type-A, blue, main-sequence star designated KELT-9 burns brightly. More than twice as massive as the Sun and nearly twice as hot, KELT-9 is a rare star – one of a group of stars making up less than one percent of the total stars in the universe. According to a paper published this week in Nature, this unusual star hosts an equally unusual exoplanet.

  • ‘Halos’ discovered on Mars widen time frame for potential life

    June 6th, 2017

    A paper released recently indicates a habitable environment may have existed on Mars for far longer than previously believed. The paper, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters, looked at halos, or light areas, surrounding fractures in areas of Gale Crater on Mars.

  • Early science results from Juno spacecraft show ‘whole new Jupiter’

    May 26th, 2017

    During a May 25, 2017, press conference, NASA scientists released the first early results of science data gathered by the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter. Much of what has been found has scientists questioning everything they had previously believed was understood about the king of planets.

  • NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtains ‘opposition surge’ images of Ceres

    May 22nd, 2017

    After more than two years orbiting Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues to tease out remarkable science from the enigmatic dwarf planet. On April 29, mission specialists were able to successfully place Dawn into opposition – a position directly between the Sun and Ceres.

  • ‘Warm Neptune’ HAT-P-26b has primitive atmosphere

    May 16th, 2017

    Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, announced in a paper published on May 12, 2017, an exoplanet designated HAT-P-26b, which was confirmed in 2010, has a primitive atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

  • The Big Empty: Cassini finds virtually no particles between Saturn and its rings

    May 14th, 2017

    Based on data collected on the first of the Cassini spacecraft's planned 22 "Grand Finale" orbits, the area between the cloud tops of Saturn and the inner-most ring seems to be mostly dust-free. Instead of the heavy distribution of dust particles Cassini had detected when it made its ring grazing orbits in late 2016, the spacecraft instead revealed a “big empty."

  • ‘Iceball’ planet discovered through microlensing

    May 2nd, 2017

    Scientists have discovered the lowest-massed exoplanet ever detected using gravitational microlensing. The exoplanet, OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, is located in the constellation Scorpius some 13,000 light-years from Earth.

  • NASA scientists contemplate using LISA Pathfinder as ‘comet crumb’ detector

    April 22nd, 2017

    Launched on Dec. 3, 2015, from the European Spaceport in French Guiana, the European Space Agency’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Pathfinder mission is turning out to reveal far more than the elusive gravitational waves it was designed to detect.