Archives for category: Astronomy & planetary science

According to BBC News, Nasa’s Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars, which ‘might hint at past or present life on the planet’

Every day until Christmas Day, the In Focus site will present an amazing new image of our universe from NASA’s Hubble telescope

According to the latest Rosetta results, comets did not bring water to Earth | BBC News

What looked (vaguely) like a squashed jam (jelly) doughnut on Mars turns out to be just a rock broken and flicked over by the Mars Rover’s wheels. So no Alien Dunkin’ Donuts after all…

Rosetta, the spacecraft created to follow a comet and put a robot on its surface, has woken from its three-year hibernation, and said ‘hello world’, via Twitter.

At the speed I can drive to my nearest town, it would take me 45,254 years to get to Voyager 1’s current position – how long would it take you?

Voyager 1 has left the outer reaches of our solar system and is now moving into interstellar space.

Volunteers using the website, with astronomers from the US and UK have found a planet with four suns. The planet has been named PH1 and is just under 5000 light-years away from us.

Read the original paper on the Arxiv pre-print server.

The Mars rover, Curiosity, has sent back images of rounded rocks and gravel that suggest they were shaped by flowing water, probably thousands to millions of years ago.




Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned theoretical physicist has opened the Paralympic Games at the age of 70, nearly 50 years after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease, and given just a few years to live. His narration included the words to inspire scientists and potential scientists: “Look up at the stars, and not down at your feet.”

Paralympic Games 29 Aug – 9 Sept

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