For the first time ever, astronomers have witnessed a black hole swallowing a star. The event took place 150 million years ago in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299. The black hole was 20 million times larger than our own Sun, and was seen consuming a body twice the size of our stellar companion.Read More Black Hole Seen Eating Star for First Time Ever
Dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact 66 million years ago. But, new research suggests plankton and other animals returned to the impact site just a few years after the cataclysmic event. Within 30,000 years, the region was teeming with life. Other areas of the Earth took up to 300,000 years to recover from the collision. Researchers are questioning how life recovered so quickly near the impact site.Read More Life Returned Quickly After Dinosaurs were Wiped Out by an Asteroid
An asteroid orbiting backwards around the Sun may have come from another solar system, according to astronomers in France.
Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is roughly two miles across, and orbits the Sun at roughly the same distance as Jupiter. Computer simulations suggest the object may have joined our planetary family four-and-a-half billion years ago, just as the Earth and other planets were being formed.
The earliest stars in the Universe formed just 250 million years after the big bang, according to astronomers working at the ALMA facility in Chile. Researchers also discovered the oldest oxygen ever detected, from just 500 million years after the creation of the Universe. These discoveries push back the time when astronomers believe starlight first filled the Cosmos.Read More First Stars Formed Just 250 Million Years After Big Bang
Astronomers assisting in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are now able to examine millions of stars more than before, thanks to a new listening device. The multibeam receiver at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia will be able to listen in on millions of stars around the Milky Way galaxy, searching for new lifeforms. The device is run by the Breakthrough Listen project, a part of Breakthrough Initiatives, founded in 2015.Read More The Search for Alien Life Just Grew a New Set of Ears
The Resource Prospector mission to the Moon has been cancelled by NASA. This rover would have been the first mining mission sent to another world. Scientists hoped to find vital materials for spaceflight beneath the lunar surface. Officials at the space agency cancelled the mission on April 27th.Read More NASA Cancels Resource Prospector Mission to the Moon
The InSight spacecraft is ready for launch to Mars. Scheduled to liftoff on May 5th, this lander will be the first spacecraft designed to explore the interior of Mars, including Mars quakes.Read More InSight Mission Ready for Launch to Mars
The Lyrid Meteor Shower was seen on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. The Eta Aquariids are currently visible from the southern hemisphere.Read More Look up! It’s the Lyrid Meteor Shower!
The two tiny moons of Mars have puzzled astronomers for decades. New research now suggests they may have been created in a giant impact. billions of years ago, when Mars collided with a rocky body 500 miles in diameter.Read More The Moons of Mars May Have Been Born in Giant Impact
A meteorite which crashed to Earth a decade ago is filled with diamonds. So, what leads scientists to believe it came from an ancient planet?Read More Diamonds from Space Could Come from Lost Planet