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Ultramassive black hole discovered by UK astronomers
30th March 2023 | | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

An ultramassive black hole about 30bn times the mass of the Sun has been discovered by astronomers in the UK.

Risk of Giant Asteroids Hitting Earth Could Be Worse Than We Realized
21st March 2023 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Our planet hides its scars well. It’s a shame, actually, as evidence of previous asteroid strikes might help us better plan for the next catastrophic impact. In fact, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center chief scientist, James Garvin, thinks we might have been misreading traces of some of the more serious asteroid strikes that have occurred within the past million years

A moon-forming cataclysm could have also triggered Earth’s plate tectonics
18th March 2023 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Vestiges of a moon-forming cataclysm could have kick-started plate tectonics on Earth. See research here.

Where did Earth’s water come from? Not melted meteorites, according to scientists
16th March 2023 | Ancient, Earth, Space

A new study published in the journal Nature brings scientists one step closer to answering that question. Led by the University of Maryland Assistant Professor of Geology Megan Newcombe, researchers analyzed melted meteorites that had been floating around in space since the solar system’s formation 4 1/2 billion years ago.

Oceans May Have Once Graced Venus Before It Became a Hell Planet
13th March 2023 | | Ancient, Space

A new study has found that if Venus ever did have habitable conditions, and liquid water on its surface, it was a long time ago, and lasted only briefly before the planet transformed into the parched, arid world it is today.

Rare galaxy with three black holes leads astronomers to the most massive objects in the universe
13th March 2023 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

Glimpsed only occasionally at the hearts of massive clusters of galaxies, ultramassive black holes are some of the largest and most elusive objects in the universe…Now, researchers studying a rare galaxy merger with three supermassive black holes at its center may have finally discovered the origins of these cosmic monsters.

Astronomers spotted shock waves shaking the web of the universe for the first time
7th March 2023 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

For the first time, astronomers have caught a glimpse of shock waves rippling along strands of the cosmic web — the enormous tangle of galaxies, gas and dark matter that fills the observable universe.

Jupiter and Venus ‘kiss’ in a stunning planetary conjunction tonight. Here’s how to watch.
2nd March 2023 | | Earth, Humans, Space

On March 1 and 2, Jupiter and Venus will appear side by side in the night sky in an event called a conjunction, which is visible without a telescope or binoculars.

‘Building blocks of life’ recovered from asteroid Ryugu are older than the solar system itself
1st March 2023 | | Ancient, Space

The asteroid Ryugu, which orbits the sun between Earth and Mars, contains many of the building blocks for life, a new analysis finds.

Six ancient ‘universe breaker’ galaxies discovered
25th February 2023 | Ancient, Space

Six massive ancient galaxies, which astronomers are calling “universe breakers” appear to have been discovered, which may upend existing theories of cosmology.

The Milky Way may be spawning many more stars than astronomers had thought
24th February 2023 | | Humans, Space

The Milky Way is churning out far more stars than previously thought, according to a new estimate of its star formation rate.

‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid that recently zipped past Earth is an elongated weirdo with an odd rotation
22nd February 2023 | | Space, Weird

Astronomers recently got an up-close look at a “potentially hazardous” asteroid as it whizzed safely past Earth, and what they saw caught them by surprise: The space rock is unusually elongated for an asteroid and is spinning much more slowly than expected.

James Webb telescope finds Milky Way’s long-lost twin 9 billion years in the past
13th February 2023 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

A sparkling cannibal galaxy discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope appears to be a “very early” mirror image of the Milky Way, and it could help astronomers understand how our galaxy took shape, a new study has revealed.

You have one last chance to view the green comet this week, thanks to a close flyby with Mars
10th February 2023 | | Ancient, Space

A rare green comet zipping by Earth for the first time since the Stone Age is about to pass right next to Mars this week, and the once-in-a-lifetime cosmic pairing could be visible through a simple pair of binoculars.

The moon has a hidden tide that pulls on Earth’s magnetosphere, new study reveal
5th February 2023 | | Earth, Humans, Space

The moon exerts a previously unknown tidal force on the “plasma ocean” surrounding Earth’s upper atmosphere, creating fluctuations that are similar to the tides in the oceans, a new study suggests.

Did the Seeds of Life Ride to Earth Inside an Asteroid?
2nd February 2023 | | Ancient, Earth, Space, Tech

Biological amino acids could have celestial or terrestrial roots. An experiment simulated their formation in deep space—but the mystery isn’t solved yet.

Image from: ESO (Wikki Commons)

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