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Mars ‘asteroid showers’ have stayed steady over 600 million years
26th January 2022 | space.com | Ancient, Space

Fresh analysis of craters on Mars suggests that asteroids have been smashing into the surface at a consistent rate for at least 600 million years.

Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ moon could have a secret underground ocean
24th January 2022 | livescience.com | Humans, Space

Scientists have found “compelling evidence” that Saturn’s “Death Star” moon is hiding an ocean just beneath its surface, furthering the search for possible life in our solar system.

Astronomers Have Detected a Mysterious, Dusty Object Erratically Dimming Its Star
6th January 2022 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

There are a lot of unexplained objects out there in the Universe, and astronomers have just found another one – a strange, dusty object that may be causing its host star to dim by up to 75 percent.

‘Cosmic monster’ star spits energy with the force of a billion suns
3rd January 2022 | livescience.com | Space

A dense, magnetic star violently erupted and spat out as much energy as a billion suns — and it happened in a fraction of a second, scientists recently reported.

The Red Sky Paradox Will Make You Question Our Very Place in The Universe
29th December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

On the grand cosmic scale, our little corner of the Universe isn’t all that special – this idea lies at the heart of the Copernican principle. Yet there’s one major aspect about our planet that’s peculiar indeed: Our Sun is a yellow dwarf.

This asteroid sample could reveal our solar system’s origin story
22nd December 2021 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

Just over a year after Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission returned the first subsurface sample of an asteroid to Earth, scientists have determined that the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu is a pristine remnant from the formation of our solar system.

Earth’s Tilted Magnetic Field 41,000 Years Ago Pushed The Auroras to Unexpected Places
21st December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

If you want to be dazzled by a spectacular northern lights display, your best bet is to skywatch near the North Pole. But that wasn’t the case 41,000 years ago, when a disruption of Earth’s magnetic field sent auroras wandering toward the equator.

Stunning New Images Reveal The Chaotic Glory of The Sun in Mind-Blowing Detail
14th December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

You’re looking at a 300-megapixel photo of our Sun. Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy used a specially modified telescope, taking over 150,000 individual photos and combining them into this magnificent image.

Astronomers Have Discovered Why The Solar System Might Be Shaped Like a Croissant
6th December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

The Solar System exists in a bubble. Wind and radiation from the Sun stream outwards, pushing out into interstellar space. This creates a boundary of solar influence, within which the objects in the Solar System are sheltered from powerful cosmic radiation.

Evidence emerges for dark-matter free galaxies
6th December 2021 phys.org | Humans, Space

An international team of astronomers led by researchers from the Netherlands has found no trace of dark matter in the galaxy AGC 114905, despite taking detailed measurements over a course of fourty hours with state-of-the-art telescopes. They will present their findings in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

‘Gangotri wave’ connecting two of Milky Way’s spiral arms discovered
29th November 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Space

A team of researchers from Germany, France and the U.K. has discovered a long thin filament of dense gas connecting two of the Milky Way galaxy’s spiral arms. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the group describes their work studying carbon monoxide gas in the galaxy.

Mission to smash into Dimorphos space rock launches
25th November 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

A spacecraft has launched on a mission to test technology that could one day tip a dangerous asteroid off course.

Magnetic Anomaly in New Mexico Reveals an Invisible Signature of Meteorite Impacts
23rd November 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Meteor impact sites might seem like easy things to recognize, with giant craters in Earth’s surface showing where these far-flung objects finally came to a violent stop. But it’s not always that way.

Our Universe Is Finely Tuned For Life, And There’s an Explanation For Why That Is So
23rd November 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

Physically speaking, our Universe seems uncannily perfect. It stands to reason that if it wasn’t, life as we know it – and planets, atoms, everything else really – wouldn’t exist.

Wild New Theory Suggests Wormholes Could Be Stable Shortcuts Through Space-Time
16th November 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

Wormholes, or portals between black holes, may be stable after all, a wild new theory suggests.

Dark Matter Birthed More of Itself From Regular Matter, Claims Wild New Paper
15th November 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

There’s a lot we still don’t know about dark matter – that mysterious, invisible mass that could make up as much as 85 percent of everything around us – but a new paper outlines a rather unusual hypothesis about the very creation of the stuff.

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