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Space news stories

Nanodiamonds responsible for mysterious source of microwaves across the Milky Way
11th June 2018 | Space

Evidence for nanodiamonds in protoplanetary disks has grown over the past several decades. This is, however, the first clear connection between nanodiamonds and AME in any setting.

The asteroid rush sending 21st-century prospectors into space
10th June 2018 | | Space

A race is on to mine billions of dollars in resources from the solar system’s asteroids, fuelling our future among the stars.

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars
8th June 2018 | Space

Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.

Astronomers find a galaxy unchanged since the early universe
7th June 2018 | | Space

Researchers confirm the first detection of a relic galaxy with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Small asteroid zipped through Earth’s atmosphere Saturday
4th June 2018 | Earth, Space

The IAU has confirmed that the asteroid originally designated ZLAF9B2 – now called 2018 LA – disintegrated at a height of 30 miles (50 km) over South Africa on Saturday.

A New Study Could Explain Away Some Evidence for Planet Nine
4th June 2018 | | Space

A new model provides an explanation for the bizarre orbits of distant objects in the solar system that doesn’t require influences from a massive ninth planet.

The days are getting longer – but very, very slowly
4th June 2018 | | Space

As the moon pulls away from the Earth, our planet’s rotation is slowing, making our days 1/75,000 second longer each year.

Naked-Eye Asteroid and More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in June
3rd June 2018 | Space

Planetary pairings, a super-bright asteroid, and the astronomical start of a new season offer plenty of reasons to look up this month.

Comet C/2016 R2 (Pan-STARRS) is rich in carbon monoxide and depleted in hydrogen cyanide, study finds
30th May 2018 | Space

C/2016 R2 is described by Wierzchos and Womack as a CO-rich comet in which carbon monoxide emission is assumed to be the primary driver of activity.

Astronomers scrutinized last year’s eclipse. Here’s what they’ve learned
29th May 2018 | | Space, Tech

New research is providing hints about what’s going on in the sun’s atmosphere.

Astronomer Names Minor Planet After Vancouver First Nation: the Tsawout Asteroid
29th May 2018 | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | Ancient, Space

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

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