Category: Space

Are Massive Solar Flares Dangerous?

We’re alerted by news organizations now and then about an impending “massive solar flare” that might fry the Internet or even the electric grid. In theory, it’s possible, but there’s also a click-bait factor to this gloom and doom coverage. But first, what’s a solar flare? Solar flares are immense bursts, or eruptions, of electromagnetic […]

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Sun brutally burns comet to death before astronomers eyes in ‘unprecedented’ observation

IN an unprecedented observation, astronomers have observed the sun brutally burning a comet to death. The observations may help astronomers understand the disappearance of comets that orbit close to the sun. 2 Astronomers have been observing comet 323P/SOHO since it was discovered in 1999Credit: UBARU TELESCOPE/CFHT/MAN-TO HUI/DAVID THOLEN 2 In the winter of 2020, scientists […]

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Nasa rover sighting reignites fears about human space debris

Nasa’s Perseverance rover typically beams back evocative images of bleak dusty landscapes, red-hued sandstorms and Martian rock samples. So its operators were surprised to receive an image on Monday of a shiny silver object resembling a discarded crisp packet wedged between two rocks. The object, the Nasa team concluded, is a piece of debris discarded […]

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Gaia probe reveals stella DNA and unexpected ‘starquakes’

Astronomers have unveiled the most detailed survey of the Milky Way, revealing thousands of “starquakes” and stellar DNA, and helping to identify the most habitable corners of our home galaxy. The observations from the European Space Agency’s Gaia probe cover almost two billion stars – about 1% of the total number in the galaxy – […]

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Scientists Discover Vast, Mysterious ‘Waves’ Deep Inside the Earth

Mockup of the Swarm constellation. Image: ESA ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Something strange and unexplained is happening far beneath our feet.  According to a recent study by European astronomers, for 20 years satellites have been picking up “interannual geomagnetic field changes” emanating from the Earth’s core, without […]

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Boeing hopes third time the charm for Starliner test flight

Boeing’s crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft. Only a test dummy was aboard. If the capsule reaches the International Space Station on Friday and everything else goes well, two or three Nasa test pilots could […]

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A Probe In Interstellar Space Is Sending Back Impossible Data, NASA Says

Illustration of Voyager 1. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe, the farthest human-made object from Earth, seems to be a little confused about what is going on in its distant location in interstellar space.  The long-lived probe and its twin, Voyager 2, were […]

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An Ancient Galaxy Collision Sheds Light on Dark Matter

Hubble image of the system that contains DF2 and DF4. Image: Pieter van Dokkum et al./ Nature 2022 ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists think they have reconstructed the epic origin story of a trail of puzzling galaxies that could shed light on the great mystery of dark […]

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Cress seeds grown in moon dust raise hopes for lunar crops

The prospect of growing crops on the moon has edged a little closer after researchers nurtured plants – some more successfully than others – in lunar soil for the first time. Scientists planted thale cress seeds in moon dust brought back by three Apollo missions and watched them sprout and grow into fully fledged plants, […]

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Scientists Grow Plants in Moon Soil for First Time In Major Breakthrough

Rob Ferl, left, and Anna-Lisa Paul looking at the plates filled part with lunar soil and part with control soils, now under LED growing lights. Image:  UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. In a major breakthrough, scientists have grown plants in Moon dirt, […]

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Space Has Invisible Walls Created by Mysterious ‘Symmetrons,’ Scientists Propose

Andromeda galaxy. Image: Pat Gaines via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have proposed the existence of a new “fifth force” to explain a perplexing challenge to the standard model of cosmology, also known as the Lambda cold dark matter (ΛCDM) model, a well-corroborated framework for […]

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A Mysterious Signal from the Center of the Galaxy May Have Just Been Explained

Fermi telescope image of the gamma ray sky. Image: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. For more than a decade, astronomers have been puzzled by an unexplained surplus of gamma ray signals—the highest energy form of light—that originate at the center of our galaxy, the […]

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