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Ancient ‘ring of fire’ galaxy found glaring at Earth across space and time
28th May 2020 | | Ancient, Space

Eleven billion years ago, a hot, active, galaxy that looked like an eye glared across space.

Astronomers spot a strange, first-of-its-kind asteroid near Jupiter
26th May 2020 | | Space, Tech
Researchers using the University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) have found (via Gizmodo) a Trojan asteroid, 2019 LD2, that not only follows an odd orbit ahead of Jupiter but also sports an icy tail — it’s a unique “crossover” between asteroid and comet.
Image from Dmitry Brant (Wiki Commons)
ALMA spots twinkling heart of Milky Way
23rd May 2020 | Space, Tech

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius (Sgr) A*.

Astronomers spot potential first evidence of new planet being born
21st May 2020 | | Space

Astronomers believe they may have found the first direct evidence of a new planet being born. A dense disc of dust and gas has been spotted surrounding a young star called AB Aurigae, about 520 light years away from Earth.

Comets Swan and Atlas are cool, but might deliver a dangerous dusting
18th May 2020 | | Space

You’ve probably been a little too preoccupied during the tumultuous start to this year to notice that 2020 has also been a high-drama time for comets visiting the inner solar system.

Image from Diego Toscan (Wiki Commons)

What meteors and meteorites can tell us about how the Earth was made and the origin of life
16th May 2020 | | Space

A rock floating in space is an asteroid. While it is zooming through our atmosphere it is called a meteor. Once it hits the ground, we call it a meteorite.

Regular rhythms among pulsating stars
14th May 2020 | Space, Weird

Astronomers have detected regular pulsations in a class of intermediate-sized stars known as delta Scutis that has until now puzzled scientists.

The sky is full of weird X-shaped galaxies. Here’s why.
13th May 2020 | | Space, Weird

Spied through a normal telescope, the galaxy PKS 2014−55 is an unremarkable smudge of bright light. But look again in radio wavelengths, and you’ll see that the galaxy is hiding a gargantuan, glowing treasure at its center — and X marks the spot.

Scientists obtain ‘lucky’ image of Jupiter
9th May 2020 | | Space, Tech

Astronomers have produced a remarkable new image of Jupiter, tracing the glowing regions of warmth that lurk beneath the gas giant’s cloud tops.

It’s time to take UFOs seriously. Seriously.
9th May 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Alexander Wendt is one of the most influential political scientists alive. Here’s his case for taking UFOs seriously.

Giant, scorching-hot alien planet has yellow skies
8th May 2020 | | Space, Weird

We can now add atmospheric craziness to WASP-79b’s already substantial exotic appeal. The gas-giant exoplanet, which lies about 780 light-years from Earth, circles extremely close to its bright host star…

‘Nearest black hole to Earth discovered’
6th May 2020 | | Space, Tech

Astronomers have a new candidate in their search for the nearest black hole to Earth. It’s about 1,000 light-years away, or roughly 9.5 thousand, million, million km, in the Constellation Telescopium. That might not sound very close, but on the scale of the Universe, it’s actually right next door.

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Ancient river systems on Mars seen in unparalleled detail
6th May 2020 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

Researchers have spent decades looking for evidence of ancient water on Mars. As technology has progressed, more evidence has come to light that rivers, lakes and even oceans were once abundant on the red planet.

Could life thrive on hydrogen-rich alien worlds?
5th May 2020 | | Space

Life can thrive in a 100% hydrogen atmosphere, according to a new study. The finding could completely change our understanding of how (and where) life might exist in the universe.

The 2020 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks this week.
4th May 2020 | | Space

Like other comets, Halley is a cosmic litterbug; about every 76 years as it sweeps closest to the sun, it leaves a “river of rubble” in its wake along its orbit. When the Earth interacts with that rubble river, those comet bits race through our atmosphere at high speeds to produce the effect of “shooting stars.”

Building blocks of life found in famous Mars meteorite
4th May 2020 | | Ancient, Space

Ancient Mars is looking better and better as an abode for life. The famed Mars meteorite Allan Hills 84001 (ALH84001) contains 4-billion-year-old native organic molecules, the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it, a new study suggests.

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