Space news stories

Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star
15th June 2018 | heritagedaily.com | Space

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a jet of material ejected when the gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close.

This Tech Expert Says NASA’s Asteroid Data Is Flawed—Now Scientists Are Backing Him Up
15th June 2018 | outerplaces.com | Humans, Space

Data from NeoWISE has come under fierce criticism from a former Microsoft chief technologist, who has accused NASA of using shoddy methods and even doctoring data.

The Milky Way Just Got Larger
14th June 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Space

Using a large survey of stars instead of just models, astronomers have now determined the disk of our galaxy to be 200,000 light-years across — twice as large as was believed a decade ago.

Will we ever colonise an asteroid?
14th June 2018 | bbc.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one?

NASA Shuts Down Opportunity Rover Due To Mars Dust Storm Bigger Than North America
13th June 2018 | techtimes.com | Space

Within days, the dust storm expanded to over 7 million square miles. It has covered Perseverance Valley, where Opportunity is currently located, and has blotted out the sunlight.

Nanodiamonds responsible for mysterious source of microwaves across the Milky Way
11th June 2018 phys.org | Space

Evidence for nanodiamonds in protoplanetary disks has grown over the past several decades. This is, however, the first clear connection between nanodiamonds and AME in any setting.

The asteroid rush sending 21st-century prospectors into space
10th June 2018 | theguardian.com | Space

A race is on to mine billions of dollars in resources from the solar system’s asteroids, fuelling our future among the stars.

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars
8th June 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Space

Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.

Astronomers find a galaxy unchanged since the early universe
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Space

Researchers confirm the first detection of a relic galaxy with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Small asteroid zipped through Earth’s atmosphere Saturday
4th June 2018 earthsky.org | Earth, Space

The IAU has confirmed that the asteroid originally designated ZLAF9B2 – now called 2018 LA – disintegrated at a height of 30 miles (50 km) over South Africa on Saturday.

A New Study Could Explain Away Some Evidence for Planet Nine
4th June 2018 | popularmechanics.com | Space

A new model provides an explanation for the bizarre orbits of distant objects in the solar system that doesn’t require influences from a massive ninth planet.

The days are getting longer – but very, very slowly
4th June 2018 | theguardian.com | Space

As the moon pulls away from the Earth, our planet’s rotation is slowing, making our days 1/75,000 second longer each year.

Naked-Eye Asteroid and More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in June
3rd June 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Space

Planetary pairings, a super-bright asteroid, and the astronomical start of a new season offer plenty of reasons to look up this month.

Comet C/2016 R2 (Pan-STARRS) is rich in carbon monoxide and depleted in hydrogen cyanide, study finds
30th May 2018 phys.org | Space

C/2016 R2 is described by Wierzchos and Womack as a CO-rich comet in which carbon monoxide emission is assumed to be the primary driver of activity.

Astronomers scrutinized last year’s eclipse. Here’s what they’ve learned
29th May 2018 | sciencenews.org | Space, Tech

New research is providing hints about what’s going on in the sun’s atmosphere.

Astronomer Names Minor Planet After Vancouver First Nation: the Tsawout Asteroid
29th May 2018 advocator.ca | Humans, Space

Harvey Underwood is the proud Tsawout First Nation Chief who now gets to look up at the sky, knowing that the name of their community has a place among the stars.

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