Space news stories

During the awe of totality, scientists studied our planet’s reactions
9th April 2024 | | Humans, Space

The moment the sun went behind the moon, the snapping turtles all simultaneously slipped into the waters of Lake Tawakoni. Twilight painted the world. Clouds raced across the sky. Just beside the moon-covered sun sat bright Jupiter, shining in the middle of the day. Most birds and insects had grown hushed or gone completely silent.

The Moon Turned Inside Out Billions of Years Ago, Scientists Reveal
8th April 2024 | | Ancient, Space, Weird

The Moon is a great whackin’ oddball in the sky, and scientists may have just figured out part of the reason why. Its surface is chemically asymmetrical, and new evidence suggests that’s because the Moon’s mantle flipped topsy-turvy upside-down when the Moon was only young. What was on top of Earth’s satellite went underneath; what was below came out into the light.

Stardust found in ancient extraterrestrial meteorite is older than the Sun
28th March 2024 | Ancient, Space

These particles are like celestial time capsules, providing a snapshot into the life of their parent star,” says Dr Nicole Nevill, lead author of a study published today in the Astrophysical Journal.

Hubble Telescope witnesses a new star being born in a stunning cosmic light show
27th March 2024 | | Space, Tech

The Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a powerful jet erupting from a natal envelope of gas and dust that represents a newly born star announcing itself to the cosmos.

March equinox is upon us as sun crosses celestial equator
19th March 2024 | | Earth, Humans, Space

This year, the March equinox takes place on 20 March at 03:06 GMT. This means that in certain westward time zones, the equinox will actually fall on 19 March local time.

Physicist Claims Universe Has No Dark Matter And Is 27 Billion Years Old
18th March 2024 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Sound waves fossilized in the maps of galaxies across the Universe could be interpreted as signs of a Big Bang that took place 13 billion years earlier than current models suggest. This research was published in The Astrophysical Journal.

Did ‘alien’ debris hit Earth? Startling claim sparks row at scientific meeting
15th March 2024 | | Earth, Humans, Space

The debate occurred at a packed session featuring Hairuo Fu, a graduate student at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who is a member of the team that found the fragments…Many scientists have said they don’t want to spend much time analysing and refuting these claims.

‘Larger than Everest’ comet could become visible to naked eye this month
12th March 2024 | | Earth, Humans, Space

A comet that is larger than Mount Everest could become visible to the naked eye in the coming weeks as it continues its first visit to the inner solar system in more than 70 years, say astronomers.

Every 2.4 Million Years, Mars Does Something Unexpected to Our Ocean’s Depths
12th March 2024 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

A slow cosmic dance between Earth and Mars has a hidden effect on cycles in the deep ocean. According to a new analysis of the deep-sea geological record, the gravitational interaction between the two planets results in cyclic changes in deep ocean currents that recur every 2.4 million years.

Astronomers detect ‘waterworld with a boiling ocean’ in deep space
8th March 2024 | | Humans, Space

Astronomers have observed a distant planet that could be entirely covered in a deep water ocean, in findings that advance the search for habitable conditions beyond Earth.

The Comet Strike Theory That Just Won’t Die
5th March 2024 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

Mainstream science has done its best to debunk the notion, but a belief in a world-changing series of prehistoric impacts continues to gain momentum.

‘Mathematically perfect’ star system being investigated for potential alien technology
29th February 2024 | | Humans, Space, Weird

Late last year, astronomers discovered a fascinating star system only 100 light-years away from us. Its six sub-Neptune planets circle very close to their host star in mathematically perfect orbits, piquing the interest of scientists searching for alien technology or technosignatures, which they argue would offer compelling evidence of advanced life beyond Earth.

Bizarre ‘Russian doll stars’ predicted with Einstein’s general relativity equations
26th February 2024 | | Space, Weird

A new solution to Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity suggests hypothetical gravitational stars that look like black holes could be nested within one another.

An asteroid may have exploded over Antarctica about 2.5 million years ago
6th February 2024 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

The evidence comes from a chemical analysis of more than 100 tiny pieces of rock entrained within the White Continent’s ice, researchers report in the Feb. 1 Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

‘Old smokers’: astronomers discover giant ancient stars in Milky Way
31st January 2024 | | Ancient, Space

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious group of giant elderly stars at the heart of the Milky Way that are emitting solar system-sized clouds of dust and gas. The findings are published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

‘This might be the seeds of life’: Organic matter found on asteroid Ryugu could explain where life on Earth came from
30th January 2024 | | Earth, Humans, Space

A detailed investigation of asteroid Ryugu samples has provided further evidence that the organic molecules which gave rise to life to our planet were brought here by ancient comets.

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