Space news stories

‘Mini-Neptunes’ beyond solar system may soon yield signs of life
29th August 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Cambridge astronomers identify new hycean class of habitable exoplanets, which could accelerate search for life.

Interstellar comets are more common than thought
24th August 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans, Space

“We’re finding that there could be substantially more visitors,” say Harvard scientists

Mystery object in space could be a new arm of the Milky Way
24th August 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

Scientists spot giant feature at edge of the galaxy.

Astronomers see galaxies in ultra-high definition
19th August 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

Astronomers have captured some of the most detailed images ever seen of galaxies in deep space.

Hidden Magnetic Patterns Inside Meteorites Reveal Secrets of The Early Solar System
13th August 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech

The Solar System is positively lousy with magnetic fields. They drape around (most of) the planets and their moons, which interact with the system-wide magnetic field swirling out from the Sun.

Origin of dinosaur-ending asteroid possibly found. And it’s dark.
10th August 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

About 66 million years ago, an estimated 6-mile-wide (9.6 kilometers) object slammed into Earth, triggering a cataclysmic series of events that resulted in the demise of non-avian dinosaurs.  Now, scientists think they know where that object came from.

Scientists find two huge red rocks with ‘complex organic matter’ in the asteroid belt that shouldn’t be there
2nd August 2021 | independent.co.uk | Space, Weird

Scientists have found two huge, red objects in the asteroid belt that they believe are not supposed to be there – both of which have “complex organic matter” on their surfaces.

Light from behind a black hole spotted for 1st time, proving Einstein right
30th July 2021 | livescience.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have detected light coming from behind a black hole for the first time, proving Albert Einstein right, yet again.

Meteor wows Norway after blazing through night sky
26th July 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

Norwegians have been left awestruck by a bright meteor that illuminated the night sky in the country’s south-east.

 

Curiosity rover discovers that evidence of past life on Mars may have been erased
19th July 2021 | livescience.com | Humans, Space

Evidence of ancient life may have been scrubbed from parts of Mars, a new NASA study has found.

How the billionaire space race could be one giant leap for pollution
19th July 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

One rocket launch produces up to 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it can remain for years.

A ‘wobble’ in the moon’s orbit could result in record flooding in the 2030s, new study finds
12th July 2021 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Climate change has already increased the frequency and severity of hurricanes and other extreme weather events around the world. — But there’s a smaller, less splashy threat on the horizon that could wreak havoc on America’s coasts.

Winchcombe meteorite gets official classification
12th July 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Early work by UK scientists indicates the Winchcombe object dates back to the very beginning of the Solar System, some 4.6 billion years ago.

Do We Live in a Multiverse?
12th July 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

As far as we currently know, there is a single expanding blob of spacetime speckled with trillions of galaxies – that’s our Universe. If there are others, we have no compelling evidence for their existence.

‘Great Dimming’ of Betelgeuse star is solved
16th June 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Space

Astronomers say they’ve put to bed the mystery of why one of the most familiar stars in the night sky suddenly dimmed just over a year ago.

Astronomers find blinking giant star near heart of Milky Way
11th June 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Astronomers have spotted a giant blinking star, 100 times the size of the sun, lurking near the heart of the Milky Way.

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