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We Have Even More Evidence Life’s Building Blocks Came to Earth From Space
27th April 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

We still don’t know just how the first life emerged on Earth. One suggestion is that the building blocks arrived here from space; now, a new study of several carbon-rich meteorites has added weight to this idea

Starwatch: search the skies for Venus and Jupiter in conjunction
25th April 2022 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

The two brightest planets will be a beauty to spot if you can find somewhere with a low enough eastern horizon.

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Jupiter’s moon Europa may have water where life could exist, say scientists
21st April 2022 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Surface features similar to ones seen on Greenland ice sheet suggest underground liquid water that could host organic matter.

Scientists hope to broadcast DNA and Earth’s location for curious aliens
19th April 2022 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

Beacon of Galaxy message could be sent into heart of Milky Way, where life is deemed most likely to exist.

Nasa scientists spy ‘largest comet ever seen
14th April 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

Nasa’s Hubble telescope has determined the comet’s icy nucleus has a mass of about 500 trillion tonnes and is 85 miles (137km) wide – larger than the US state of Rhode Island.

Is the origin of dark matter gravity itself?
12th April 2022 | space.com | Space, Weird

A new model of the very early universe proposes that the graviton, the quantum mechanical force carrier of gravity, flooded the cosmos with dark matter before normal matter even had a chance to get started.

The planets are prepping for an epic alignment. Here’s how to see it shape up.
12th April 2022 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Five planets, visible to the naked eye, are poised to line up and march across the sky this summer in an unusual alignment that will be graced by the light of the moon.

The Far Side of The Moon Is Significantly More Cratered. We May Finally Know Why
12th April 2022 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Space

No matter where you’re standing on Earth, you can only ever see one face of the Moon. Its other cheek is perennially turned away from our planet, and this far side is much more pockmarked with craters than the one facing us.

The furthest object we’ve ever seen – a very young galaxy
7th April 2022 cosmosmagazine.com | Space, Tech

The super-distant galaxy could have either a supermassive black hole or a nursery of incredibly quick-forming stars.

Rare glimpse of giant planet still ‘in the womb’ yet nine times the mass of Jupiter
5th April 2022 | theguardian.com | Space, Tech

Scientists have observed an enormous planet about nine times the mass of Jupiter at a remarkably early stage of formation – describing it as still in the womb – in a discovery that challenges the current understanding of planetary formation.

Mars Is Rumbling With Mysterious Quakes We’ve Never Detected Before
5th April 2022 | sciencealert.com | Space

It turns out that Mars is rumblier than we knew. New techniques have revealed previously undetected quakes beneath the Martian surface – and, scientists say, the best explanation so far is ongoing volcanic activity.

Distant star found by Hubble telescope may be earliest we will ever see
31st March 2022 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

The most distant star ever seen has been captured by the Hubble space telescope in images that appear to give a remarkable glimpse into the ancient universe.

Ancient helium leaking from core offers clues of Earth’s formation
31st March 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Space

Helium-3, a rare isotope of helium gas, is leaking out of Earth’s core, a new study reports. Because almost all helium-3 is from the Big Bang, the gas leak adds evidence that Earth formed inside a solar nebula, which has long been debated.

Pluto’s peaks are ice volcanoes, scientists conclude
30th March 2022 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

Existence of volcanoes makes idea that dwarf planet is inert ball of ice look increasingly improbable.

An Ancient Part of The Milky Way Is Much Older Than We Ever Knew
30th March 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

The Milky Way is older than astronomers thought, or part of it is. A newly-published study shows that part of the disk is two billion years older than we thought.

Strange new type of solar wave defies physics
29th March 2022 | space.com | Space, Weird

Scientists have detected a strange new type of high-frequency wave on the sun’s surface, and the waves are moving three times faster than scientists thought was possible.

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