Space news stories

‘We are all Martians!’: space explorers seek to solve the riddle of life on Mars
13th July 2020 | theguardian.com | Space, Tech

In the next few weeks, a flotilla of probes will be blasted into space from launch pads around the world and propelled towards one of the solar system’s most mysterious objects: the planet Mars.

Dying stars breathe life into Earth: study
7th July 2020 phys.org | Space

Findings from a study published today in Nature Astronomy show that the final breaths of these dying stars, called white dwarfs, shed light on carbon’s origin in the Milky Way.

What color is the sunset on other planets?
6th July 2020 | livescience.com | Space

Fiery rose and peach sunset skies are a unique perk of our home on Earth. But what colors appear when the sun sets on other planets in the solar system?

Core of a gas planet seen for the first time
2nd July 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space

Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star. It could be the core of a gas world like Jupiter, offering an unprecedented glimpse inside one of these giant planets.

Ten years of the sun in one hour – Nasa releases mesmerising space film
2nd July 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The space agency gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the sun, which have now been stitched together to form the video.

Dinosaurs wiped out by asteroid, not volcanoes, researchers say
30th June 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

A 66m-year-old murder mystery has finally been solved, researchers say, revealing an enormous asteroid struck the killer blow for the dinosaurs.

Beyond Pluto: the hunt for our solar system’s new ninth planet
30th June 2020 | theguardian.com | Space, Tech

Scientists think a planet larger than Earth lurks in the far reaches of the solar system. Now a new telescope could confirm their belief and change solar system science.

Scientists spot flash of light from colliding black holes. But how?
30th June 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

Black holes aren’t supposed to make flashes of light. It’s right there in the name: black holes.

Giant star spots likely cause of Betelgeuse dimming
30th June 2020 phys.org | Space

Betelgeuse, the bright star in the constellation of Orion, has been fascinating astronomers in the recent months because of its unusually strong decline in brightness

Extinction events: ‘If a comet hits Earth, life will turn to pain’
28th June 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

“When – not if – it happens, the effects could will be catastrophic.” For Jay Tate, the danger of a comet or an asteroid hitting the Earth is an ever-present threat that too few people take seriously.

Image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/144614754@N02/45750896405/ (Wiki Commons)

NASA NAMES ASTEROID IT WILL USE AS TARGET PRACTICE TO KEEP PLANET SAFE FROM IMPACT
26th June 2020 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

Nasa has given a name to the moon it plans to test its planetary defence on. The rock will be the target for Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which is scheduled for 2021.

‘Black neutron star’ discovery changes astronomy
24th June 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Weird

Scientists have discovered an astronomical object that has never been observed before. It is more massive than collapsed stars, known as “neutron stars”, but has less mass than black holes.

Surprise! Pluto may have had an underground ocean from the very beginning
24th June 2020 | space.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

Though Pluto is now famously frigid, it may have started off as a hot world that formed rapidly and violently, a new study finds.

Why some physicists really think there’s a ‘mirror universe’ hiding in space-time
23rd June 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

A series of viral articles claimed that NASA had discovered particles from another parallel universe in which time runs backwards. These claims were incorrect. The true story is far more exciting and strange, involving a journey into the Big Bang and out the other side.

My dad launched the quest to find alien intelligence. It changed astronomy.
22nd June 2020 | nationalgeographic.com | Humans, Space, Tech

IN THE SPRING of 1960, a 29-year-old astronomer with streaks of preternaturally white hair and a devil-may-care attitude set out to tackle one of humanity’s most existential questions: Are we alone in the universe?

Image from Flickr: Dr. Frank Drake (Wiki Commons)

Breathtaking new map of the X-ray Universe
20th June 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

Behold the hot, energetic Universe. A German-Russian space telescope has just acquired a breakthrough map of the sky that traces the heavens in X-rays.

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