Space news stories

‘Near-Earth’ asteroid set to pass us by today at 21,000mph
29th December 2017 | | Humans, Space

An asteroid will pass by Earth today, only three days after it was first spotted by astronomers. At its closest point, the asteroid will be around 140,000 miles away from Earth.

14 Ways Our Perception of The Universe Changed Forever in 2017
26th December 2017 | | Space, Tech

2017 was an incredible year for space science.

Potentially hazardous, near-Earth asteroid, larger than thought
26th December 2017 | | Space, Tech

The near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon has a diameter of about six kilometres — roughly one kilometre larger than previous estimates.

All the biggest and best space discoveries of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Space, Tech

We learnt more about neutron stars, found more planets and said goodbye to Cassini in 2017. We end the year with a better picture of the Universe than we started it with.

These are the greatest unsolved mysteries of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

A baffling discovery inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid was among the scientific discoveries and unsolved mysteries that left us scratching our heads this year.

Laughing parrots, backflipping robots and saviour viruses: science stories of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Leading scientists pick the dozen most significant discoveries and developments of 2017 – from a steep decline in flying insects to a virus that can kill bacteria.
Eight amazing science stories of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft’s 13-year-long mission reached its finale, while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars.

Nasa releases amazing image of an an asteroid with a snowman carved on its surface
24th December 2017 | | Space

Nasa has released a stunning image of an asteroid with three adjacent impact craters on its surface which are aligned in such a way that they resemble a snowman.

Arecibo radar returns with asteroid phaethon images
23rd December 2017 | Space, Tech

The radar images reveal the asteroid is spheroidal in shape and has a large concavity at least several hundred meters in extent near the leading edge, and a conspicuous dark, circular feature near one of the poles.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.
22nd December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

This is a good opportunity to imagine what such a day might look like if we had evolved on another planet where the sun would take a different dance across the sky.

The 25 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2017
21st December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech
A skull-shaped asteroid will approach Earth again in 2018
21st December 2017 | Ancient, Space

On Oct. 10, 2015, astronomers in Hawaii made a spooky discovery: a giant asteroid between 625 and 700 meters zipping through space, that at certain angles looks uncannily like a human skull.

Name That Star! Ancient Cultures Lend Titles to 86 Suns
19th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

The IAU’s Working Group on Star Names has approved 86 new names for stars drawn from cultures around the world. These include Aboriginal Australian, Chinese, Coptic, Hindu, Mayan, Polynesian and South African names.

Ancient fossil microorganisms indicate that life in the universe is common
19th December 2017 | Ancient, Space

A new analysis of the oldest known fossil microorganisms provides strong evidence to support an increasingly widespread understanding that life in the universe is common.

Mysterious alien cigar ‘asteroid’ is actually an interstellar lump of ice (not a space ship)
19th December 2017 | Ancient, Space

Researchers have now discovered that while Oumuamua appears to be an unusually long rocky asteroid it may actually be an icy body covered in a protective crust of organic chemicals.

18th December 2017 | | Ancient, Space

A recently published study posits that Mars formed in what today is the Asteroid Belt, roughly one and a half times as far from the Sun as its current position, before migrating to its present location.

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