Space

R5519 And The Cosmic Ring Of Fire From 11 Billion BC

The galaxy, named R5519, is 11 billion light-years from our Solar System and it is making stars at a rate 50 times greater than the Milky Way. The hole at its centre is truly massive, with a diameter two billion times longer than the distance between the E ...

Article - News Staff - May 26 2020 - 9:43am

NASA SpaceX Demo Two: Bob Behnken And Doug Hurley Will Make History UPDATED

When a SpaceX crewed Dragon launches atop a Falcon 9 carrying the first astronauts launched from American soil by the United States, they will be making history, setting NASA on a trajectory for the Moon and beyond.  For a long time, private companies bei ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - May 30 2020 - 10:10am

Baryon Acoustic Oscillations, Dark Energy, And Cosmic Expansion

A new paper uses a combination of cosmic voids – large expanding bubbles of space containing very few galaxies – and the faint imprint of sound waves in the very early Universe, known as baryon acoustic oscillations, that can be seen in the distribution of ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 3 2020 - 11:44am

Comet trapped in a strange orbit near Jupiter!

Jupiter has captured an icy comet from the outer solar system in a bizarre orbit that will bring it back to within 3 million kilometres of the giant planet in 2063. The only Sun orbiting objects known to come closer were the fragments of Comet Shoemaker Le ...

Blog Post - Professor Mark R.... - Jun 14 2020 - 11:06am

There Could Be 6 Billion Planets Like Ours In Just This Galaxy

How big is the universe? No one really knows, but since we are in just one Orion spur of the arm of Sagittarius in one galaxy, and there are an unknown number of galaxies, it's big. So big our galaxy alone could have 6,000,000,000 planets like ours, a ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 16 2020 - 12:52pm

Is There Life Inside Pluto? Its Hot Birth May Have Created An Internal Ocean

Pluto, along with many other dwarf planets in the outer solar system, is often thought of as dark, icy and barren – with a surface temperature of just −230°C. But now a new study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that the body has had a warm inter ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 22 2020 - 12:36pm

Other Planets With Oceans Are Common

Though we've only detected a few thousand exoplanets, there are likely 6,000,000,000 Earth-like ones out there, and that means millions could be "ocean worlds" capable of supporting life. Right now, our knowledge of ocean worlds is limited t ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 22 2020 - 2:03pm

Sunsets On Other Worlds

How a sunset would appear on other planets is a staple of science-fiction. The sun is as fundamental to grounding our existence as the earth, for most of us. Yet lots of people go months without seeing a sunrise or sunset. That's extreme, but even mor ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 23 2020 - 8:45am

Goldilocks Planet: Being Just Right Is Why Earth Provided The Ingredients For Life

When it comes to evolutionary biology and life on other planets, there is talk of amino acids, the building blocks of our existence. But for any of that to work we first needed magnetic fields and plate tectonics, and a new paper finds that Earth became a ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 24 2020 - 5:31am