That "Alien Megastructure" Star Is Flickering Again

That "Alien Megastructure" Star Is Flickering Again

Here we go again. That misbehaving, mysterious star – the one people want to believe is surrounded by an alien megastructure – is dimming again, and the sci-curious on the Twittersphere and Reddit has gone veritably crazy. Those with telescopes have trained them on the star, code-named KIC 8462852, hoping to catch a record of…

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent space-faring society. Planning expeditions to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency…

Physicists use Einstein’s ‘spooky’ entanglement to invent super-sensitive gravitational wave detector

Physicists use Einstein’s ‘spooky’ entanglement to invent super-sensitive gravitational wave detector

The first direct detection of gravitational waves, a phenomenon predicted by Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity, was reported by scientists in 2016. Armed with this “discovery of the century”, physicists around the world have been planning new and better detectors of gravitational waves. Physicist Professor Chunnong Zhao and his recent PhD students Haixing Miao…

Third Largest Dwarf Planet Has A Moon

Third Largest Dwarf Planet Has A Moon

Hubble has discovered that the third largest dwarf planet, currently known as 2007 OR10, is orbited by a little moon, which suggests that most of the dwarf planets in the outer Solar System have companions. This discovery will help scientists understand how natural satellites form. This new moon was discovered in images from 2010 and announced…

Incredible Ice Ring Spotted In Young Planetary System

Incredible Ice Ring Spotted In Young Planetary System

An international team of astronomers have snapped a gorgeous view of an icy ring of debris in a young and nearby star system. The spectacular structure is the likely result of exocomet collisions, 2 billion kilometers (1.2 billion miles) wide and 20 billion kilometers (12.4 billion miles) from its star Fomalhaut. The discovery, published in…

The Cold Spot As Evidence Of The Multiverse? Not So Fast

The Cold Spot As Evidence Of The Multiverse? Not So Fast

A few weeks ago, we talked about the intriguing discovery that the mysterious region of the cosmic microwave background, known as the Cold Spot, seems to defy all explanation from our standard model of cosmology. Researchers have suggested that more exotic theories may explain its origin and that maybe a collision between universes was the cause of it….

There Is A Man-Made Barrier Surrounding Our Planet

There Is A Man-Made Barrier Surrounding Our Planet

We have accidentally created a barrier around our planet, and while it might not be a futuristic force field, it is still damn cool. NASA researchers have discovered that certain radio communications, known as VLF (very low frequency), are capable of interacting with particles in space, moving them in certain directions. We know we can…

How Rain Helped Shaped The Surface Of Mars

How Rain Helped Shaped The Surface Of Mars

American researchers have discovered several intriguing facts about the past of the Red Planet by looking at the erosion on its surface due to precipitation. The research, published in Icarus, focuses on the Noachian time period, between 3.7 and 4.1 billion years ago, when the surface of Mars was covered in water and under heavy bombardment from asteroids…