This is our page devoted to scientific discoveries, advances and all of the other ” crazy stuff ”  which scientists produce in their daily work.  Here we are going to post the most important news concerning astronomy and science.


Interstellar objects like ‘Oumuamua probably crash into the sun every 30 years

On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar object, named 1I/2017 U1 (aka. ‘Oumuamua). In the months that followed, multiple follow-up observations were conducted to learn more about this visitor, as well as resolve the dispute about whether it was a comet and an asteroid…

New Horizons: NASA’s Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

In the early morning of January 1st 2019 Eastern Time, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Ultima Thule at a distance of 3500 km (2200 miles). At this time, Ultima Thule will be at a distance of almost 6.5 billion km (4 billion miles) from the Sun, making this the most distant planetary flyby that has yet been attempted, and the first time that a Solar System object of this type has been seen close-up…

INCREDIBLE: Astronomers see material orbiting a black hole *right* at the edge of forever

I read quite a few scientific journal papers every week, seeing which ones might make a good fit for the blog. They’re always interesting, and of course some have more ground-breaking results than others. But you can count on the fingers of one hand how many times one has made me exclaim out loud upon reading it. I just read one where I exclaimed out loud… (posted in Phil Plait website, Bad Astronomy, image credit: ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada)

Could ‘Oumuamua be an extraterrestrial solar sail?  

On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar asteroid…

Stars like our Sun turn into crystals late in life

Stars like our sun can turn into crystals in the final stages of their lives, bringing a whole new meaning to those glittering jewels in the sky. Astronomers from the University of Warwick say they’ve found the first direct evidence that white dwarf stars – the dense, stellar corpses of stars like our sun – can crystallize, or turn from a liquid into a solid. The discovery was published Wednesday in the journal Nature…

Scientists push back against Harvard ‘alien spacecraft’ theory

A scientific paper led by two researchers at Harvard University made a splash this week by claiming that a cigar-shaped rock zooming through our solar system may have been sent by aliens… (this image released by the European Southern Observatory on November 20, 2017 shows an artist’s impression of the first interstellar object known to enter our solar system: Oumuamua)



How life could help atmospheric tides slow a planet’s rotation

Resonating oscillations of a planet’s atmosphere caused by gravitational tides and heating from its star could prevent a planet’s rotation from steadily slowing over time, according to new research by Caleb Scharf, who is …

Astronomers find oldest known star in the Milky Way

Astronomers have found one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way and possibly one of the oldest in the universe, a body made up almost entirely of elements generated in the Big Bang birth of the cosmos…

(Image credit: Kevin Schlaufman/JHU)

Existing laser technology could be fashioned into Earth’s ‘porch light’ to attract alien astronomers

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into something of a planetary porch light—a beacon strong enough to attract attention from as far as 20,000 light years away…

(Image credit: MIT News)

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun 

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which launched earlier this year, has set a new record for becoming the closest human-made object to the Sun, the US space agency announced Monday…

Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. The system has also set a new record for the most extreme range of orbits yet observed…

Astronomers find pairs of black holes at the centers of merging galaxies

For the first time, a team of astronomers has observed several pairs of galaxies in the final stages of merging together into single, larger galaxies. Peering through thick walls of gas and dust surrounding the merging galaxies’ …

Astronomers find first compelling evidence for a moon outside our solar system

On the hunt for distant worlds, researchers have identified an exomoon candidate around the transiting exoplanet Kepler-1625b that indicates the presence of a previously unknown gas-giant moon…

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