Technology 

Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites – CNET

Space rock block party! ESA Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth.  Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit — and hardly anyone noticed.  Asteroid 2018 BD flew by our planet at a distance of about 22,000 miles (35,406 km) at 7:43 a.m. PT, just seven hours after being discovered via the Catalina Sky…

Read More
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…

Read More
Science 

REVEALED: Origins of MYSTERIOUS cigar-shaped alien asteroid that baffled Stephen Hawking

The unusual object which is called an interstellar, first shot past Earth in October and caused excitement that it may be an alien space ship. Scientists including Stephen Hawking have been baffled by the asteroid. The Breakthrough Listen project announced in December they were planning on conducting more tests on the strangely shaped space object after the initial investigation revealed no sign of alien life. However, now Mr Feng thinks he may have discovered Oumuamua’s origins. He said: “My latest study gives us a glimpse of exactly where Oumuamua may…

Read More
Technology 

New biggest radio telescope to help detect alien signals – CNET

China’s Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope is being used to watch the galaxies and listen for possible intelligent civilizations beyond our solar system. Xinhua China plans to amp up its ability to search for aliens, dark matter, gravitational waves and other mysteries of the universe by building the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.  The country already hosts the world’s largest radio telescope, the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). It and Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory are basically huge stationary dishes built into the landscape. But fully steerable radio…

Read More
Top Stories World 

Here’s the controversial key to NASA’s bold plan for Mars

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the International Space Station is celebrated as a remarkable feat of engineering as well as a far-flung home away from home for the astronauts who have lived and worked aboard the orbiting outpost. But with the ISS slated for retirement in 2028, NASA is now making bold plans for the next phase of human spaceflight. The plans call for astronauts to return to the moon and then venture deeper into space. As President Trump said in December, these…

Read More
Science 

Asteroid warning: Space rock as big as a HOUSE on ‘uncertain orbit’ to skim Earth in DAYS

The space rock had been invisible to astronomers until January 5, but scientists quickly calculated the asteroid, named 2018 AJ, will fly past Earth Tuesday, January 23. But NASA admits it is not yet certain of its orbital path. New asteroids are given a condition code of between 0 to 9 based on how certain astronomers are about its course. Zero means they are fairly certain, but 9 is classed as “highly uncertain”. It is currently believed it will pass at a comfortable 4.6 times the distance from Earth to…

Read More
Science 

REVEALED: Scientists find ‘KEY CLUE to Alien life’ in meteorites that SMASHED into earth

GETTY Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco. Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed. A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water…

Read More
Top Stories World 

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…

Read More
Science 

NASA billion dollar ‘TIME MACHINE’ will soon launch to begin search for Alien life

The telescope, which is worth £6.5billion, has been successfully tested in anticipation of its launch in 2019. Engineers working on the project are confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets. The James Webb telescope has been described as a ‘time machine’ that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. The telescope will be used to look back to the first galaxies born in the early universe more than 13.5billion years ago, and observe the sources of stars, exoplanets, and even the moons…

Read More
Science 

We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds

Is there another Grand Canyon somewhere out there?NASA/JPL-Caltech By John Wenz There are stunning mountain ranges on Earth, Mars and even Pluto. But what about worlds further afield? Moiya McTier at Columbia University in New York presented her research into the embryonic field of exotopography on 11 January at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. She says that by analysing the dip in a star’s light as a planet passes in front of it, we might be able to discern actual details about the planet’s landscape. None of the…

Read More