Space news stories

Astronomer Names Minor Planet After Vancouver First Nation: the Tsawout Asteroid
29th May 2018 advocator.ca | Humans, Space

Harvey Underwood is the proud Tsawout First Nation Chief who now gets to look up at the sky, knowing that the name of their community has a place among the stars.

Pluto May Actually Be A ‘Giant Comet,’ New Study Suggests
28th May 2018 | huffingtonpost.co.uk | Space

Based on its chemical makeup, Pluto could simply be a “giant comet,” or as Glein said, the result of a billion comets coming together.

We Just Found The Best Target For Finding Fossils From Ancient Life on Mars
28th May 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

Iron-rich rocks located near the sites of ancient lakes should be the priority for upcoming visits to the Martian surface, because they are acting like mineral sanctuaries that could preserve signs of life from billions of years ago.

Ancient meteorite found in Sahara desert reveals history of Mars
26th May 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Space

A tiny meteorite from Mars nicknamed “Black Beauty” has provided scientists with an unprecedented insight into ancient processes that shaped the red planet’s surface.

Mars rocks may harbor signs of life from 4 billion years ago
26th May 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Space

Iron-rich rocks near ancient lake sites on Mars could hold vital clues that show life once existed there, research suggests.

Asteroid from another star system found orbiting wrong way near Jupiter
23rd May 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Space

For the first time, a permanent member of our solar system has been found to have originated elsewhere.

Aboriginal astronomy can teach us about the link between sky and land
21st May 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Aboriginal star stories are not just stories, they are lessons that educate us about the relationship between the sky and the land, as well as how the universe functions around us.

Asteroid Discovery Boosts Evidence for Planet Nine
21st May 2018 | gizmodo.co.uk | Space

Astronomers have realised that the motions of the objects past the eighth planet, Neptune, imply the existence of the ninth planet. This week, scientists reported another strangely moving asteroid that bolsters the evidence for a ninth planet’s existence.

This is earth’s real first line of defense against asteroid strikes
21st May 2018 | wearethemighty.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The B612 Foundation is dedicated to all planetary defense issues. This group of physicists, astronomers, engineers, and astronauts is looking out for you – and are motivated to do it.

Our Bodies Aren’t Built to Have Babies on Mars – So Let’s Alter our DNA
21st May 2018 futurism.com | Humans, Space

For now, reproduction remains just one of the many issues we’ll need to deal with before Mars colonization is within our grasp.

DID LIFE ON EARTH COME FROM SPACE?
21st May 2018 newsspaceflight.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

In recent research conducted by the scientists and as per the latest news published in a news article it has been claimed that octopuses and the likely cephalopods may have their origin on some different planet other than Earth.

World’s ‘Most Advanced’ Camera Will Hunt for Alien Worlds
17th May 2018 | space.com | Space

A new type of camera developed by U.S. researchers will allow astronomers to directly image planets around nearby stars in the search for another Earth.

Moon of Jupiter prime candidate for alien life after water blast found
15th May 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

Nasa’s Galileo spacecraft flew through a giant plume of water that erupted from the icy surface of Europa, new analysis shows.

An asteroid that nobody knew was coming flew very, very close to our planet. Gulp.
11th May 2018 bigthink.com | Earth, Space, Tech

Named 2018 GE3, it passed us by at about half the distance between Earth and the moon—wicked close.

Ancient, Exiled Asteroid Discovered Beyond Neptune
11th May 2018 | space.com | Ancient, Space

Astronomers have spotted a carbon-rich asteroid in the icy region beyond Neptune called the Kuiper Belt — the first such asteroid ever found exiled from the inner solar system.

Scientists Have Figured Out When And How Our Sun Will Die, And It’s Going to Be Epic
8th May 2018 | sciencealert.com | Space

Scientists have made new predictions about what the end will look like for our Solar System, and when that will happen. And humans won’t be around to see the final act.

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