Debris from a near-Earth comet could create an new meteor shower this week
Debris from the near-Earth comet 46P/Wirtanen could enter our planet’s atmosphere, triggering a new meteor shower on Tuesday, Dec. 12, called the Lambda-Sculptorids. Comments (0). aa green comet in the night sky. Comet 46P/Wirtanen on Dec. 12, 2018.
First tomato ever grown in space, lost 8 months ago, found by NASA astronauts
It has been one of the universe’s greatest mysteries — the disappearance of the first tomato grown in space. That is, until this week, when the seven astronauts at the International Space Station announced on the 25th anniversary of the orbiter that …
Pliosaur discovery: Huge sea monster emerges from Dorset cliffs
The skull of a colossal sea monster has been extracted from the cliffs of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It belongs to a pliosaur, a ferocious marine reptile that terrorised the oceans about 150 million years ago. The 2m-long fossil is one of the most …
ULA’s first mission with its Vulcan rocket may slide to January launch window
The debut of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket may slip from late December into early January, according to the company’s president and CEO, Tory Bruno. In a social media post on Sunday, Bruno said the planned Dec. 24 launch date is “likely out.”.
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The other explosive theory for the demise of dinosaurs
A series of enormous volcanic eruptions — occurring before, during and after the meteor collision — were also complicating life for the reptiles. Gases emitted from the eruptions shielded sunlight and likely significantly cooled the atmosphere beyond the …
Life might have been possible just seconds after the Big Bang
Life has found a home on Earth for around 4 billion years. That’s a significant fraction of the universe’s 13.77 billion-year history. Presumably, if life arose here, it could have appeared anywhere. And for sufficiently broad definitions of life, …
A massive star called Betelgeuse will be briefly obscured by an asteroid Monday night
Betelgeuse is a red supergiant located roughly 700 light-years from Earth and forms part of the constellation Orion. At 10 million years old, Betelgeuse is significantly younger than our sun, but it’s also about 700 times larger and 7,500 to 14,000 times …
‘Gorgeously green’ meteors predicted during major meteor shower this week
Stargazers should keep their fingers crossed for clear skies this week: The Geminids meteor shower, considered the strongest and most reliable meteor shower of the year, will be reaching its peak on the overnight between Thursday, Dec.
Nuclear fission may play key role in the creation of heavy elements when neutron stars collide: study
Nuclear fission is the process in which a neutron slams into a larger atom and splits it, releasing energy and additional neutrons, not to be confused with nuclear fusion, in which super-heated atoms smash together to combine to a single, heavier atom, …