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Recreated Particles of Titan’s Haze Could Help Us Understand How Life Began on Earth
1st March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

Beyond Earth, the general scientific consensus is that the best place to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life is Mars. However, it is by no means the only place.

UK meteor spotted above Midsomer Norton and Bath
1st March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

Video footage captured on security cameras shows a meteor lighting up the sky above Midsomer Norton and Bath.

Image from: Night sky near Flagstaff (Wiki Commons)

The Moon’s Biggest Crater Is Revealing Lunar Formation Secrets We Never Knew
17th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

A crater that covers nearly a quarter of the Moon’s surface has revealed new information on how Earth’s natural satellite buddy formed – and the findings have tremendous implications, researchers say.

Life on Mars? Escaping water vapour offers new clues
12th February 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Researchers have observed water vapour escaping high up in the thin atmosphere of Mars, offering tantalising new clues as to whether the red planet could have once hosted life.

Astronomers Just Confirmed The Most Distant Known Object in The Solar System
11th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space, Tech

FarFarOut, a large chunk of rock found in 2018 at a whopping distance of around 132 astronomical units from the Sun, has been studied and characterised, and we now know a lot more about it, and its orbit.

Six Alien Planets Have Been Found Locked in a Rare, Complex Orbital Dance
8th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space

A planetary system 200 light-years away has been found locked in a rare orbital dance.

Vast ‘Belts’ Around Earth Accelerate Particles Close to Light Speed, And Now We Know How
6th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space

When you look up at the sky, the region of space around Earth may look as clear as a song, but there’s a heck of a lot going on out there that we can’t see.

Astronomers Detect Strange, Never-Before Seen Activity From a Newly Discovered Star
3rd February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

New observations of a very unusual and mysterious star located approximately 15,000 light-years away from Earth have revealed a bizarre pattern of stellar activity that astronomers say they’ve never witnessed before.

Astronomers detect extended dark matter halo around ancient dwarf galaxy
3rd February 2021 news.mit.edu | Space

Findings suggest the first galaxies in the universe were more massive than previously thought.

A Mineral That Keeps Showing Up on Mars Has Been Found Deep in The Antarctic Ice
1st February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Deep – really deep – in the Antarctic ice, scientists have found jarosite, a tawny-hued mineral that’s rarely found on Earth, but seems to be curiously abundant on the red planet.

Professor Avi Loeb: ‘It would be arrogant to think we’re alone in the universe’
1st February 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Space

When Harvard professor Avi Loeb discovered possible signs of extraterrestrial activity, it caused a scandal in the research community. Is fear and conservatism stopping science from considering plausible evidence that there are aliens out there?

Earth’s Second ‘Moon’ Will Take a Final Lap Before Waving Bye-Bye to Us For Good
30th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Space

“What second moon,” you ask? Astronomers call it 2020 SO – a small object that dropped into Earth’s orbit about halfway between our planet and the moon in September 2020.

Is there life on Mars? Not if we destroy it with poor space hygiene
30th January 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

As countries begin an age of Martian exploration, planetary protection advocates insist we must be careful of interplanetary contamination

Mysterious ‘kick’ just after the Big Bang may have created dark matter
27th January 2021 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space

One of the lingering mysteries of the universe is why anything exists at all.

Clues on 1,000 Years of The Sun’s Turbulent Activity Are Hidden in Earth’s Trees
27th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

The Sun has a lot of rhythm and goes through different cycles of activity. The most well-known cycle might be the Schwabe cycle, which has an 11-year cadence. But what about cycles with much longer time scales? How can scientists understand them?

Why The ‘Happy Face Crater’ on Mars Is Happier Than Ever
25th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech

These two images were taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and show how Mars’ surface is changing over time – in this case, due to thermal erosion.

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