Space news stories

‘Great Dimming’ of Betelgeuse star is solved
16th June 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Space

Astronomers say they’ve put to bed the mystery of why one of the most familiar stars in the night sky suddenly dimmed just over a year ago.

Astronomers find blinking giant star near heart of Milky Way
11th June 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Astronomers have spotted a giant blinking star, 100 times the size of the sun, lurking near the heart of the Milky Way.

How and when to watch the solar eclipse on Thursday
8th June 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Space

The moon will partially cover the sun in the UK later this week, but some parts of the northern hemisphere will experience a total eclipse

This Startling Image of Our Galaxy’s Center Hints at a New Cosmic Phenomenon
31st May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

The center of the Milky Way is a strange and wild place. There dwells our galactic nucleus – a supermassive black hole 4 million times the mass of the Sun, a beast named Sgr A*. It’s probably the most extreme environment in our galaxy, dominated by Sgr A*’s gravitational and magnetic fields.

Astronomers create largest map of the universe’s dark matter
27th May 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

We can’t see it, barely understand it, but know that it exists because of the powerful influence it exerts on space.

SCIENTISTS CREATE ‘LIFE DETECTION’ TOOL HELP HUNT DOWN ALIEN LIFE
27th May 2021 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Space

Assembly Theory method ‘vital to support the first discovery of life beyond Earth,’ researcher says.

Study reveals new details on what happened in the first microsecond of Big Bang
24th May 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Space

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have investigated what happened to a specific kind of plasma—the first matter ever to be present—during the first microsecond of the Big Bang. Their findings provide a piece of the puzzle to the evolution of the universe, as we know it today.

What if The Heart of The Milky Way Isn’t Actually a Black Hole Like We Thought?
21st May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

We sort-of take it for granted that there’s a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, but we can’t really go there and check. What if something else is actually lurking in this messy, dusty region?

This Jaw-Dropping Simulation Gives Us Our Best Look Yet at Baby Stars Being Born
19th May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

The birth of a star is a wild and magnificent thing….It’s not a process we’re likely ever going to be able to observe from start to finish – but an absolutely spectacular simulation brings us closer than we’ve ever been.

Where do meteorites come from? We tracked hundreds of fireballs streaking through the sky to find out
17th May 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Space

If asked where meteorites come from, you might reply “from comets.” But according to our new research, which tracked hundreds of fireballs on their journey through the Australian skies, you would be wrong.

Mysterious Wobbles in Saturn’s Rings Reveal Clues About Its ‘Fuzzy’ Interior
13th May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

The interiors of Jupiter and Saturn are actually quite difficult to probe. But Saturn’s uniquely glorious and extensive ring system is proving to be an excellent tool for figuring out the densities deep below its thick cloud layers, right down to the core.

The search for alien life
10th May 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans, Space, Tech

New technologies and techniques are searching for signs of alien life as never before. What and where will that potential life be?

Is there a pattern to the universe?
10th May 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Space

For decades, cosmologists have wondered if the large-scale structure of the universe is a fractal — that is, if it looks the same no matter how large the scale.

There’s Evidence Volcanoes Are Active on Mars, Raising Chances of Recent Habitability
10th May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

Evidence seems to be mounting for a geologically and volcanically active Mars. A new, close study of volcanic features on the surface of the red planet has found that a lava deposit on the Elysium Planitia appears to be very recent indeed – as in, within the last 50,000 years.

Physicists describe new type of aurora
7th May 2021 phys.org | Earth, Humans, Space

For millennia, humans in the high latitudes have been enthralled by auroras—the northern and southern lights. Yet even after all that time, it appears the ethereal, dancing ribbons of light above Earth still hold some secrets.

Pink supermoon set to brighten UK night skies
26th April 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Celestial event due to take place shortly before sunset on Tuesday and will be visible until next morning

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