Never-before-seen crystals found in perfectly preserved meteorite dust

Researchers have discovered never-before-seen types of crystal hidden in tiny grains of perfectly preserved meteorite dust. The dust was left behind by a massive space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, nine years ago. On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid measuring 59 feet (18 meters) across and weighing 12,125 tons (11,000 metric tons) entered Earth’s…

Search for habitable exoplanets included in China's upcoming space missions

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has selected candidates for its next round of space missions, which are projected to launch between 2026 and 2030.  Out of the 13 missions proposed, it is expected that between five and seven will be chosen for launch, SpaceNews reported. The new missions will be part of CAS’s third…

Mysterious blue blobs a new type of star system created by a galactic 'belly flop'

Scientists who were surveying a catalog of gas clouds spotted something strange: five “blue blobs” composed of young blue stars in the Virgo galaxy cluster.  Unusually, these stars were completely isolated from their parent galaxies, and their stars were arranged in an irregular pattern. Based on those details, the researchers think they’ve discovered a new…

Solar system planets, order and formation: A guide

The order of the planets in the solar system, starting nearest the sun and working outward is the following: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and then the possible Planet Nine.  The solar system is made up of the sun and everything that orbits around it, including planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. …

How to watch Independence Day on Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! What better way to celebrate if you’re a sci-fi fan than watching the movie “Independence Day” on the day itself.  If you’re wanting to stream the alien invasion thriller starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum then you’re in luck as the movie is available on numerous platforms. Two streaming platforms that…

Solar eclipses: What are they?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place during the phase of the new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth’s surface. But whether the…

NASA's tiny CAPSTONE spacecraft now flying to the moon on its own

NASA’s CAPSTONE is now on its journey to the moon on it own. The 55-pound (25 kilogram) CAPSTONE microsatellite finished its final burn today (July 4) to set itself on a trajectory that will take it to Earth’s celestial companion by the end of this year. The complex operation required the microwave-sized CAPSTONE, which launched…

Cute lunar robots test their skills on Italy's Etna volcano

With its adorable stereo-camera eyes, the Lightweight Rover Unit 1 (LRU1) robot, posing on the black gravel of Italy’s Mount Etna, resembles PIXAR’s famous animated character WALL-E. LRU1 is one of a team of eye-catching robots designed by Germany’s engineers that have recently completed a test run on the moon-like slopes of Europe’s most active…

Astronauts celebrate July 4 in space and pay honor to Houston

As usual, the pan-American celebrations of July 4 reached into orbit, this year with a tribute to Houston. NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines, both working as a part of Expedition 67 on the International Space Station, sent a message wishing their compatriots on Earth a happy Independence Day. “Let’s celebrate together. Happy Fourth…

CAPSTONE heads to the moon

A NASA-funded lunar cubesat is on its way to the moon July 4 after a series of burns by a Rocket Lab transfer stage. The post CAPSTONE heads to the moon appeared first on .

Upcoming sci-fi movies for 2022

If you thought 2022 had already dished out all its best sci-fi flicks, you’d be mistaken. With months left of the year, there’s a lot left for movie lovers to get excited about and, in some respects, the most anticipated are yet to come.  Whilst we’ve all enjoyed learning what “it’s morbin’ time” means and…

10 years after the discovery of the Higgs boson, physicists still can't get enough of the 'God particle'

Ten years ago, jubilant physicists working on the world’s most powerful science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, announced the discovery of the Higgs boson — a particle that scientists had been searching for since 1964, when its existence was first predicted. “For particle physicists, the Higgs boson was the missing piece of…

The Fourth of July sky: Here's what you can see on Independence Day

Based on the latest national forecast, skies will be mainly clear on Monday (July 4) evening across a large part of the contiguous United States (the “Lower 48”), as millions gaze skyward to be entertained by pyrotechnics displays in celebration of the 246th year of American Independence. The only exceptions might be across parts of…

Bacteria could make super-efficient rocket fuel

Some of Earth’s tiniest inhabitants could help humanity explore the final frontier. A newly developed biofuel ⁠— based on an antifungal molecule made by Streptomyces bacteria ⁠— could be used in future rocket launches, researchers say. The potential eco-friendly solution to rockets dumping carbon into Earth’s atmosphere may also have significantly more energy density than rocket fuels…

Why do stars twinkle?

Look up at the sky on a clear night in a dark area, and the stars appear to twinkle. The concept is so well established that it’s the premise of one of the most popular children’s songs of all time.  But what’s the science behind this sparkly sight? What is it about stars that makes…

New Zealand joins ASAT testing ban

The government of New Zealand has formally joined a U.S.-led ban on testing of destructive direct-ascent ASAT weapons in an effort to build momentum for a global prohibition on such tests. The post New Zealand joins ASAT testing ban appeared first on .

I watched hundreds of flat-Earth videos to learn how conspiracy theories spread — and what it could mean for fighting disinformation

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Carlos Diaz Ruiz (opens in new tab), Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics Around the world, and against all scientific evidence, a segment of the population believes that Earth’s round shape is either an…

Perseverance Mars rover wind sensor damaged by pebbles, but still operational

Mars can be an awfully windy place, it turns out. The Perseverance rover touched down on the Red Planet in February 2021 carrying, among other instruments, a weather station dubbed Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA). That instrument includes two wind sensors that measure speed and direction, among several other sensors that provide weather metrics such…

Aphelion 2022: Earth will be farthest from the sun on the Fourth of July

On Monday (July 4), Earth celebrates Independence Day by getting as far away from the sun as possible — reaching what astronomers call aphelion at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT). At aphelion, Earth will be 94.51 million miles (152.1 million kilometers) away from the sun, states geophysicist Chris Vaughan, an amateur astronomer with SkySafari Software…

James Webb Space Telescope has comets to catch when science begins

Comets have mystified humanity for millennia, but with the James Webb Space Telescope beginning science operations this month, scientists hope to unravel secrets about these icy objects. In a study led by Heidi Hammel, executive vice president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and a Webb interdisciplinary scientist, the James Webb Space…