Space news stories

Active asteroid unveils fireball identity
16th January 2020 phys.org | Space, Tech

April 29, 2017, a fireball flew over Kyoto, Japan. Compared to other fireballs spotted from Earth, it was relatively bright and slow. Now, scientists have determined not only what the fireball was, but also where it came from.

800,000 Years Ago, a Meteor Slammed Into Earth. Scientists Just Found the Crater.
15th January 2020 | space.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

About 790,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into Earth with such force that the explosion blanketed about 10% of the planet with shiny black lumps of rocky debris.

Our moon is more colorful than you think
15th January 2020 media.mnn.com | Space

Andrew McCarthy, who last year dropped jaws with a stunningly clear composite photo of the moon made up of 50,000 exposures, is back with a more colorful take on our closest celestial neighbor.

7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
15th January 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

Scientists recently identified the oldest material on Earth: stardust that’s 7 billion years old, tucked away in a massive, rocky meteorite that struck our planet half a century ago.

No One Can Agree How Fast Universe Is Expanding. New Measure Makes Things Worse.
12th January 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Tech

A crisis in physics may have just gotten deeper. By looking at how the light from distant bright objects is bent, researchers have increased the discrepancy between different methods for calculating the expansion rate of the universe.

Scientists make space history with first intervenusian asteroid ever found
12th January 2020 | cnet.com | Space

The Virtual Telescope Project’s image of asteroid 2020 AV2 isn’t much of a looker, but the small dot pointed out by an arrow is a big new discovery.

Jupiter throws comets and asteroids towards Earth like a ‘sniper’, scientist warns
11th January 2020 metro.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Space

It was once thought that the gas giant Jupiter protected Earth from asteroids and other deadly space objects. But one scientist has warned that the massive planet actually acts as a ‘sniper rather than a shield’.

Asteroid like Ryugu may hold alien life or at least help us in search of it, says scientist
10th January 2020 | ibtimes.sg | Space, Tech

It was around a few months back that NASA’s chief scientist predicted the possibility of discovering alien life within 2021 on Mars. Now, a scientist has suggested that alien life could be discovered on asteroids.

NASA’s TESS Planet Hunter Finds Its 1st Earth-Size World in ‘Habitable Zone’
8th January 2020 | space.com | Space, Tech

For the first time, the agency has discovered a roughly Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its host star researchers announced today (Jan. 6).

Origin of Deep-Space Radio Flash Discovered, and It’s Unlike Anything Astronomers Have Ever Seen
7th January 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

Mysterious ultra-fast pinpricks of radio energy keep lighting up the night sky and nobody knows why.

January Full Moon 2020: The ‘Wolf Moon’ Arrives with a Lunar Eclipse
7th January 2020 | space.com | Earth, Space

The full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, will occur on Jan. 10 at 2:21 p.m. EST (1921 GMT), and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse for skywatchers in much of the world.

Cosmic Rays Are Starting to Tear a Milky Way Satellite Galaxy Apart
7th January 2020 | space.com | Space, Tech

A team of researchers recently released simulations of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and found that cosmic rays from a starburst event are starting to rip it apart.

Scientists unveil video of massive stellar explosion in the ancient universe
7th January 2020 | inverse.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

A new 3D visualization recreates the biggest stellar explosion observed by humankind — and now you can watch it, too.

The Best Time For Researching The Cosmos Is Right Now. Here’s Why
7th January 2020 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

Homo sapiens have been treading this planet for around 350,000 years now. With our primate hands and our primate brains, we have expanded our curiosity beyond Earth’s blue skies.

UK stargazers capture spellbinding pictures of 2020’s first meteor shower
7th January 2020 metro.co.uk | Space

Eager astronomy fans braved the cold over the weekend to get a glimpse of 2020’s first meteor shower.

The moon, Mars and beyond… the space race in 2020
5th January 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

Space missions of a startling variety and ambition are scheduled for launch this year. Indeed, space engineers have not planned so much activity since the heady days of the space race in the 1960s.

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