Space

Astronomers Just Detected an Asteroid That’s Passing Extremely Close to Earth Today

A small asteroid the size of a bus will make an extremely close approach to Earth on Thursday (July 7), passing within just 56,000 miles (90,000 kilometers) – or about 23 percent of the average distance between Earth and the Moon. And just a few days ago, no one knew it was coming The asteroid, …

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Solar storm could cause power grid and satellite problems

A solar storm that zoomed past Earth recently might create problems for satellites and the country’s power grid, experts say. The nearby solar eruption snowplowed dense plasma towards the Earth triggering geomagnetic storms in at least two US states, according to weather data. The July 1 CME hit is part of a rash of solar …

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Space news weekly recap: NASA CAPSTONE, Martian ‘Enchanted Lake’ and more

On June 28, NASA successfully launched the CAPSTONE project, which is the first step forward towards paving the way for the Artemis missions that will put astronauts back on the moon after a gap of 50 years. But that is just one development that happened last week. Here, we have put together some of the …

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Nail-biting research rules out 2052 asteroid impact on Earth

For months, the asteroid dubbed “2021 QM1” was at the top of risk lists around the globe. As far as we knew, there was a real chance of the space rock impacting Earth on April 2, 2052. But after a series of scientifically impressive observations and calculations, The European Space Agency’s (ESA) asteroid team working …

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The Largest Alcohol Molecule Found in Space Yet May Be The Key to Star Formation

There’s alcohol up in space. No, it’s not bottles of wine discarded by careless astronauts; rather, it’s in microscopic molecular form. Now researchers think they’ve discovered the largest alcohol molecule in space yet, in the form of propanol. Propanol molecules exist in two forms, or isomers, both of which have now been identified in observations: …

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Why the Search for Life on Mars Is Happening in Canada’s Arctic

Only the hardiest organisms can thrive in one of the coldest springs on earth. That’s why in the summers of 2017 and 2019, Lyle Whyte took a helicopter to Lost Hammer Spring in the unpopulated High Arctic region of Nunavut, Canada. Snow, ice, salt tufa, rocks, and permafrost surround the unassuming spring, which is nestled …

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