Space

In 2017, NASA space probes detected a massive, human-made ‘barrier’ surrounding Earth. And tests have confirmed that it’s actually having an effect on space weather far beyond our planet’s atmosphere.   That means we’re not just changing Earth so severely, scientists are calling for a whole new geological epoch to be named after us –…
April 05, 2018
Astronomers have detected 72 incredibly bright and quick events flashing across a recent sky survey – and they’re struggling to understand where they came from. The mysterious explosions are similar in brightness to supernovae – the final, gigantic explosions that extinguish stars.   But supernovae can be seen lighting up the sky for several months…
April 03, 2018
Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They’re so weird, that when Albert Einstein’s equations first predicted the existence of these beasts, he didn’t believe they could actually be real.   And you can’t really blame him, because the idea that we have these singularities of space-time…
April 02, 2018
The most remote location on Earth has many names: It’s called Point Nemo (Latin for ‘no one’) and the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility. Most precisely, its exact coordinates are 48 degrees 52.6 minutes south latitude and 123 degrees 23.6 minutes west longitude.   The spot is about 2,250 km (1,400 miles) from any spot of…
April 02, 2018
The Chinese space station called Tiangong-1 is expected to crash to Earth within hours. The 9.4-ton spacecraft went up into space in 2011, but in 2016, the Chinese government lost communication with it due to an apparent technical malfunction.   It’s been difficult to predict the precise moment when Tiangong-1 will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, and where it will break up into…
April 02, 2018