Weird news stories

Scientists Find More Evidence That Galaxies Are Synced Up In a ‘Cosmic Web’
11th January 2021 | | Space, Weird

The oddly coherent motion of small satellite galaxies is challenging our accepted model of the universe.

A mysterious ‘wobble’ is moving Mars’ poles around
7th January 2021 | | Space, Weird

The Red Planet is wiggling and wobbling as it spins, research in the journal Geophysical Research Letters confirms, and astronomers have no idea why.

Our Galaxy Has a Shocking Array of Really Weird Stars. Here’s Your Ultimate Guide
2nd January 2021 | | Space, Weird

You know how stars do. They’re out there, doing their thing, fusing a whole bunch of hydrogen into helium, shining up the joint.

‘Like nothing seen in nature before’: strange dinosaur has scientists enthralled
16th December 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Weird

About 110 million years ago along the shores of an ancient lagoon in what is now north-eastern Brazil, a two-legged, chicken-sized Cretaceous period dinosaur made a living hunting insects and perhaps small vertebrates like frogs and lizards.

Black holes may not exist, but fuzzballs might, wild theory suggests
2nd December 2020 | | Space, Weird

Black holes are, by far, the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are objects in the cosmos where all of our knowledge of physics completely breaks down.

Astronomers discover new ‘fossil galaxy’ buried deep within the Milky Way
22nd November 2020 | Ancient, Space, Weird

Scientists working with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys’ Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) have discovered a “fossil galaxy” hidden in the depths of our own Milky Way.

STEVE is smearing green ‘streaks’ across the sky, and nobody knows why
20th November 2020 | | Space, Weird

The mysterious, aurora-like phenomenon called STEVE just got a little weirder.

Scientists spot a ‘kilonova’ flash so bright they can barely explain it
13th November 2020 | | Space, Weird

Scientists may have caught the blinding flash of two dense neutron stars colliding to form a strange magnetic star.

Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa probably glows in the dark
11th November 2020 | | Space, Weird

The icy Jupiter moon Europa is an astrobiological beacon, quite literally glowing in the deep darkness far from the sun, a new study suggests.

6th November 2020 | | Space, Weird

Mysterious, intense blasts of radio energy have been detected from within our own galaxy, astronomers have said.

Image from Spacetelescope (Wiki Commons)

Do we live in a simulation? Chances are about 50–50.
15th October 2020 | | Humans, Weird

Such conversations may seem flippant. But ever since Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford wrote a seminal paper about the simulation argument in 2003, philosophers, physicists, technologists and, yes, comedians have been grappling with the idea of our reality being a simulacrum

Astronomers report two new space oddities
15th October 2020 | Space, Weird

Death by spaghettification and a stellar peacock.

An earlier universe existed before the Big Bang, and can still be observed today, says Nobel winner
8th October 2020 | Space, Weird

Sir Roger, 89, who won the honour for his seminal work proving that black holes exist, said he had found six ‘warm’ points in the sky (dubbed ‘Hawking Points’) which are around eight times the diameter of the Moon.

A mini fractal universe may lie inside charged black holes (if they exist)
8th October 2020 | | Space, Weird

Black holes are perhaps the strangest, least-understood objects in our universe. With so much potential — being linked to everything from wormholes to new baby universes — they have sucked in physicists for decades.

There’s too much gold in the universe. No one knows where it came from.
5th October 2020 | | Space, Weird

Something is showering gold across the universe. But no one knows what it is.

The First Black Hole Ever Seen by Humans is Glittering in Space
3rd October 2020 | | Space, Tech, Weird
M87*, the first black hole ever to be directly imaged, has a newly-identified feature: it glitters and wobbles, according to new research.

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