Science 

Alien Oumuamua asteroid spinning CHAOTICALLY out of control from violent collision

Oumuamua was the first interstellar visitor to reach our solar system and was originally thought to be a comet but it was revealed to be cucumber-shaped – leading to speculation it was an alien spacecraft. It didn’t spin periodically like most small asteroids observed in the solar system, but instead tumbling or spinning chaotically and could have been doing so for billions of years. Queen’s University Belfast’s Dr Fraser explains: “Our modelling of this body suggests the tumbling will last for many billions of years to hundreds of billions of…

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'Oumuamua: Space Cigar Is Still Spinning From Mysterious Violent Collision

The solar system’s strange cigar-shaped visitor ‘Oumuamua—Hawaiian for “scout” or “messenger”—is tumbling chaotically as the result of a violent collision. And the interstellar object will continue to spin for billions of years as it journeys through space, scientists have reported in a study published in Nature Astronomy. This is the latest of several revelations following the first-ever discovery of a solar system invader last October. Initially believed to be a comet, then an asteroid, scientists think the wandering “interstellar object” is a hunk of ice wrapped in organic sun-blocking material. 1_5_Oumuamua…

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Technology 

Telescope spots Elon Musk’s Tesla flying through space – CNET

Elon Musk posted this final photo of his Tesla in space before it lost visuals. Elon Musk It didn’t take too long for the live camera feed on Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster to cut out as the car drove deeper into space. The car was launched on Tuesday from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, and Musk posted a farewell photo of the roadster on Instagram on Thursday. But that’s not the last look we’ll ever get at the Tesla. The Virtual Telescope Project, which allows for real-time internet access to a…

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Science 

Massive Comet Led The Earth To Experience a Mini Ice Age 13,000 Years Ago, Researchers Say

Toward the end of the ice age, a massive firestorm broke out after fragments of a comet that measured more than 60 miles wide, struck the planet. Dust clouds created from the fire went on to cover the Earth leading to a mini ice age, according to an international team of scientists. The team of researchers came to this hypothesis after examining samples of rock and other deposits collected from more than 170 sites across the globe. Related: Ancient Egypt: Mysterious 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Reveals Rare Paintings in New Excavation “The hypothesis…

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10 Facts 

Bayeux Tapestry: Top 10 facts about the nearly thousand-year-old historic fabric

1. Actually it is an embroidery, stitched by hand, not a tapestry, woven on a loom. 2. Its origins are unclear, though it is generally thought to have been commissioned by William The Conqueror’s half-brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux. 3. It is also unclear whether the tapestry was made by French nuns or English embroiderers in Canterbury. 4. The tapestry is 230 feet long and 20 inches high. 5. The pictures on the tapestry tell the story of events from 1064 to 1066, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. 6.…

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Science 

Correction: Science Says-Meteor story

In a story Jan. 17 about meteors, The Associated Press reported erroneously the size of asteroids that scientists hope to be able to deflect from Earth’s path in the future. They want to have a defensive system for asteroids larger than 165 feet (50 meters), not 30 miles (50 kilometers). A corrected version of the story is below: Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The fireball that streaked through…

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Top Stories World 

Anti-Trump activists filmed hatching plot to RUIN President-elect’s inauguration

Around 900,000 people are due to attend the incoming 45th President’s inauguration on Friday but protesters have been caught discussing how to plunge the event into chaos – starting with a disco due to be held the night before. On Thursday, Mr Trump is due to hold Deploraball – a disco at D.C.’s National Press Club near the White House in Washington. But liberal protesters, known as the DC Anti-Facist Coalition, have been caught on camera plotting to wreck the event by undercover investigator group, Project Veritas. The meeting, captured…

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REVEALED: Extraterrestrial object holds KEY to solar system formation, exciting scientists

A chunk of meteor, known as a Hypatia stone, which fell to earth and was found in the Egyptian desert may have been formed when the universe was still taking shape. The extraterrestrial object may predate the sun and its surrounding planets. It contains micro-mineral compounds not found elsewhere in the universe, or in known meteorites and comets. The discovery which could rewrite history books was made by researchers from the University of Johannesburg, who used advanced scanning techniques to analyse Hypatia’s structure. Some people believe that Hypatia is a…

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Space 

NASA renames Swift mission after astronomer Neil Gehrels

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — NASA announced Jan. 10 that it was renaming the Swift astronomy spacecraft after its former principal investigator, who passed away last year. During a presentation at a NASA town hall meeting at the 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society here, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said that Swift would now be known as the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. Gehrels, who died in February 2017, had been principal investigator for Swift, a mission launched in 2004. The spacecraft was designed to be able to…

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