China's First Space Station Will Fall To Earth Within A Few Months

China's First Space Station Will Fall To Earth Within A Few Months

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, is doomed to plummet into Earth’s atmosphere within the coming months. Tiangong-1, which means “The Heavenly Palace”, was launched into orbit back in 2011. This relatively small 10.3-meter-long (34-foot-long) space station was China’s first space-laboratory module, making it a major milestone in their drive to become a science superpower. However, after fulfilling its…

China's Massive Radio Telescope Has Made Its First Discoveries

China's Massive Radio Telescope Has Made Its First Discoveries

Hey, remember that huge telescope in China, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)? Well, it was switched on in September 2016, and now some discoveries have been revealed – pulsars! According to China Daily, the telescope has spotted dozens of pulsar candidates, several of which have since been confirmed by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia….

It Rains On Titan Way More Than We Thought

It Rains On Titan Way More Than We Thought

If you ever find yourself on Titan, make sure you bring an umbrella. Because scientists have discovered this moon of Saturn has surprisingly intense rainstorms every year, much more frequently than thought. These rainstorms are not like ones on Earth. On Titan, they dump liquid methane onto the surface, at least a foot a day…

To Find Giant Exoplanets Look For Debris Disks

To Find Giant Exoplanets Look For Debris Disks

A few thousand black holes have been discovered in the Milky Way so far, but there are billions more still left to find. Spotting exoplanets is not easy but researchers might have just found a shortcut to finding very large planets. According to a paper in the Astronomical Journal, the presence of giant planets far from…

Cigar Galaxies Are Way More Common Than We Thought

Cigar Galaxies Are Way More Common Than We Thought

The universe is a weird place. We’ve got planets that rain diamonds, stars that rotate super-rapidly, and bizarre flashes of radio waves that we can’t explain. For me, though, there’s a peculiar type of galaxy that really piques my interest. It’s known as a “cigar galaxy”, although its technical name is a prolate rotator. Like…

Astronomers Spot What Could Be The Most Luminous Nova Ever

Astronomers Spot What Could Be The Most Luminous Nova Ever

An international collaboration of astronomers has observed an old dwarf star turning into a nova, suddenly becoming much brighter than it usually is. The event, known as SMCN 2016-10a, is actually a record-breaker. Being 185 times brighter than the Sun, it’s one of the most luminous nova ever seen. Although the term is used to…