Space news stories

Apophis: The asteroid we thought might hit us
23rd September 2021 | space.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

On Friday, April 13, 2029, Earth will experience a dramatic close encounter with the asteroid 99942 Apophis

Gigantic cavity in space sheds new light on how stars form
23rd September 2021 phys.org | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers analyzing 3D maps of the shapes and sizes of nearby molecular clouds have discovered a gigantic cavity in space.

Nearly 900 years ago, astronomers spotted a strange, bright light in the sky. We finally know what caused it.
21st September 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

In the 12th century, Chinese and Japanese astronomers spotted a new light in the sky shining as brightly as Saturn.

Travel through galaxies and the dark matter web in this stunning universe simulation
14th September 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

A new simulation of the universe is a map and a time machine rolled up into one.

Meet the Scientists Investigating a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid
9th September 2021 | vice.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

Right now, a spacecraft is carrying a very special delivery to Earth after a years-long voyage to a cosmic destination that can shed light on how life might have first emerged on our planet and how we can protect it from future cosmic hazards.

Image from: asteroidmission.org (Wiki Commons)

Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist
8th September 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Prof Paul Davies suggests viruses may form vital part of ecosystems on other planets.

Mysterious object called ‘The Accident’ has been careening through the Milky Way for 10 billion years
3rd September 2021 | livescience.com | Space

It’s not quite a star, and it’s not quite a planet — but it’s soaring through the Milky Way, much closer than we thought.

‘Mini-Neptunes’ beyond solar system may soon yield signs of life
29th August 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Cambridge astronomers identify new hycean class of habitable exoplanets, which could accelerate search for life.

Interstellar comets are more common than thought
24th August 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans, Space

“We’re finding that there could be substantially more visitors,” say Harvard scientists

Mystery object in space could be a new arm of the Milky Way
24th August 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

Scientists spot giant feature at edge of the galaxy.

Astronomers see galaxies in ultra-high definition
19th August 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

Astronomers have captured some of the most detailed images ever seen of galaxies in deep space.

Hidden Magnetic Patterns Inside Meteorites Reveal Secrets of The Early Solar System
13th August 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech

The Solar System is positively lousy with magnetic fields. They drape around (most of) the planets and their moons, which interact with the system-wide magnetic field swirling out from the Sun.

Origin of dinosaur-ending asteroid possibly found. And it’s dark.
10th August 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

About 66 million years ago, an estimated 6-mile-wide (9.6 kilometers) object slammed into Earth, triggering a cataclysmic series of events that resulted in the demise of non-avian dinosaurs.  Now, scientists think they know where that object came from.

Scientists find two huge red rocks with ‘complex organic matter’ in the asteroid belt that shouldn’t be there
2nd August 2021 | independent.co.uk | Space, Weird

Scientists have found two huge, red objects in the asteroid belt that they believe are not supposed to be there – both of which have “complex organic matter” on their surfaces.

Light from behind a black hole spotted for 1st time, proving Einstein right
30th July 2021 | livescience.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have detected light coming from behind a black hole for the first time, proving Albert Einstein right, yet again.

Meteor wows Norway after blazing through night sky
26th July 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

Norwegians have been left awestruck by a bright meteor that illuminated the night sky in the country’s south-east.

 

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