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Our Planet Is Travelling Through The Debris of Ancient Supernovae
21st April 2021 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Radioactive dust deep beneath the ocean waves suggests that Earth is moving through a massive cloud left behind by an exploded star.

How the laws of physics constrain the size of alien raindrops
19th April 2021 | | Earth, Space

Whether they’re made of methane on Saturn’s moon Titan or iron on the exoplanet WASP 78b, alien raindrops behave similarly across the Milky Way. They are always close to the same size, regardless of the liquid they’re made of or the atmosphere they fall in, according to the first generalized physical model of alien rain.

‘Dark sirens’ could solve one of the greatest mysteries in cosmology
13th April 2021 | | Humans, Space

In recent years, cosmologists have been faced with a crisis: The universe is expanding, but no one can agree on how fast it’s moving away from us.

There Could Be a Beautiful Reason Why Constellations Are The Same in Many Cultures
6th April 2021 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

Human cultures can see the world through very different lenses, but the way we sort stars in the night sky is surprisingly universal.

String theorist Michio Kaku: A ‘theory of everything’ is within our grasp
6th April 2021 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The physicist on Newton finding inspiration amid the great plague, how the multiverse can unite religions, ‘reaching out to aliens is a terrible idea’ and why a ‘theory of everything’ is within our grasp.

Light pollution from satellites ‘poses threat’ to astronomy
31st March 2021 | | Humans, Space

Artificial satellites and space junk orbiting the Earth can increase the brightness of the night sky, researchers have found, with experts warning such light pollution could hinder astronomers’ ability to make observations of our universe.

Much-feared asteroid Apophis won’t hit Earth for at least 100 years, Nasa says
28th March 2021 | | Humans, Space

Chunk of space rock was once the ‘poster child for hazardous asteroids’ but it will be a while before humans need to worry about it again

Jaw-dropping Milky Way mosaic took 12 years to create.
23rd March 2021 | | Humans, Space

An eye-popping new image of the Milky Way took 12 years and 1,250 hours of photographic exposure to create.

An Unexpected Hubble Discovery Just Changed Our Understanding of Star Formation
19th March 2021 | | Space, Tech, Weird

New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show the powerful astrophysical jets and stellar winds that flow from baby stars do not have the expected effect of quenching the stellar growth process. This poses quite a significant conundrum for our models of star formation.

Space oddity Oumuamua probably shard of Pluto-like world, scientists say
19th March 2021 | | Ancient, Space, Weird

Our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar. A new study says the mystery object is likely a remnant of a Pluto-like world and shaped like a cookie.

Mars: Vast amount of water may be locked up on planet
18th March 2021 | | Ancient, Space

It’s a longstanding mystery: how Mars lost the water that flowed across its surface billions of years ago.

The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world’s astronomical body
16th March 2021 | Ancient, Humans, Space

Four stars in the night sky have been formally recognised by their Australian Aboriginal names.

Rare meteorite chunk traced by scientists to Gloucestershire driveway
10th March 2021 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

A lump of a rare meteorite that lit up the night sky over the UK and northern Europe last week has been recovered from a driveway in Gloucestershire.

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

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