Space news stories

Planets far beyond our galaxy discovered for the first time by astrophysicists
5th February 2018 | independent.co.uk | Space

Microlensing technique allows detection of distant worlds that could never be observed directly, ‘not even with the best telescope one can imagine in a science fiction scenario’.

A Recent Ice Age Was Triggered by a Firestorm Bigger Than The One That Killed The Dinosaurs
5th February 2018 sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

In a hugely detailed and comprehensive new study, researchers have painted a picture of how around a tenth of Earth’s surface suddenly became covered in roaring fires at a point some 12,800 years ago.

New Study Finds Thousands of Alien Asteroids Could Bring Extraterrestrial Life to Earth
3rd February 2018 | outerplaces.com | Earth, Space

Panspermia, or the theory that life on Earth came after our planet was inseminated with alien biology, could have easily happened.

Everything you need to know about AJ129, the 2018 ‘Super Bowl asteroid’
29th January 2018 bigthink.com | Space

Despite some alarming press coverage, NASA tweeted out to a concerned citizen (in Spanish) telling them that any cries of armageddon are “a lie.”

Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say
24th January 2018 | theguardian.com | Space

Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water.

Meteorites recovered from Michigan meteor explosion
20th January 2018 | theweathernetwork.com | Space

With the size of this asteroid, it was a near certainty that pieces of it would reach the ground as meteorites, so in the days after, the hunt was on.

No, an Asteroid Is Not Going to Collide with Earth in February
20th January 2018 | space.com | Space, Tech

In recent days, a few media outlets have reported (rather sensationally) that a “potentially hazardous” asteroid will fly close to Earth on Feb. 4. Are the reports correct? Absolutely! Is there any need to panic? Absolutely not!

New research challenges existing models of black holes
19th January 2018 phys.org | Space

The results, which were a collective effort among several researchers, are deeply enlightening about some of the most mysterious objects in space.

CASSINI FINDS SATURN MOON HAS ‘SEA LEVEL’ LIKE EARTH
18th January 2018 | astrobio.net | Earth, Space, Tech

Saturn’s moon Titan may be nearly a billion miles away from Earth, but new research reveals a new way this distant world and our own are eerily similar.

Bright meteor sets off earthquake sensors in Michigan
18th January 2018 | theweathernetwork.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Residents were shaken up on Tuesday night as a bright meteor fireball exploded north of Detroit, registering as a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image
17th January 2018 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Created by musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi, the image is based on logarithmic maps of the Universe put together by Princeton University researchers and images produced by NASA.

Spitzer and Hubble Telescopes Provide 3D Journey through Magnificent Orion Nebula
16th January 2018 | sci-news.com | Space, Tech

By adding depth and structure to the amazing images, this fly-through helps elucidate the Universe for the public, both educating and inspiring.

Life Is Common in the Universe, New Analysis of Meteorites Suggests
16th January 2018 bigthink.com | Space

Two meteorites, one found outside of Morocco and the other in Texas, both in 1998, have now been analyzed and the results are enticing.

The asteroids most likely to hit Earth
15th January 2018 | salon.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If you glean any politics from this article, take away the moral imperative for our civilization to improve our long-term thinking and invest well in planetary asteroid detection and deflection.

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars
12th January 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Space

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.

Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth
11th January 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Space

This opens up many possibilities for how organic matter may be passed from one host to another in space.

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