How tiny black holes would behave inside the sun, Earth – and us

How tiny black holes would behave inside the sun, Earth – and us

Jul 20, 2024

Dead Planets Society is a podcast that takes outlandish ideas about how to tinker with the cosmos – from snapping the moon in half to causing a gravitational wave apocalypse – and subjects them to the laws of physics to see how they

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NASA's cancelled moon rover calls 2026 crewed landing into question

NASA's cancelled moon rover calls 2026 crewed landing into question

Jul 18, 2024

VIPER won’t go to the moon after all NASA A fully constructed rover that was due to blast off to the moon next year will instead be dismantled due to budgetary issues, NASA has announced – leading researchers to question whether the space

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Odd black holes smaller than protons may have once littered the cosmos

Odd black holes smaller than protons may have once littered the cosmos

Jul 18, 2024

Minuscule black holes that formed right after the big bang could have had a strange property called colour charge, and spotting them could help unravel the mystery of dark mattersource

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Moon of Saturn has an equivalent of freshwater rivers and salty oceans

Moon of Saturn has an equivalent of freshwater rivers and salty oceans

Jul 18, 2024

The liquid hydrocarbon seas, lakes and rivers on Titan have varying compositions and signs of active tides or currentssource

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‘Little red dot’ galaxies are breaking theories of cosmic evolution

‘Little red dot’ galaxies are breaking theories of cosmic evolution

Jul 17, 2024

This red blob is a distant galaxy with strange properties NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI The “little red dots” discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) pose a cosmic conundrum. It seems that these compact galaxies are either stuffed impossibly full of

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Get ready to watch a rare explosive star system blaze into life

Get ready to watch a rare explosive star system blaze into life

Jul 14, 2024

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center This week we are focusing on what is currently a dark patch in the sky, but won’t be for much longer. That’s because a “new” star is expected to appear in the night sky over the next few months.

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What would a wormhole look like if we ever found one?

What would a wormhole look like if we ever found one?

Jul 13, 2024

Could we find a wormhole? ESO/L. Calçada The following is an extract from our monthly Launchpad newsletter, in which resident space expert Leah Crane journeys through the solar system and beyond. You can sign up for Launchpad for free here. We don’t have evidence

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Astronauts could drink their own urine with water-recycling spacesuit

Astronauts could drink their own urine with water-recycling spacesuit

Jul 13, 2024

Part of the urine collection system Luca Bielski Astronauts on spacewalks may soon be able to drink their own urine, thanks to a water filtration and recycling system that could be ready in time for NASA’s upcoming crewed missions to the moon. Waste

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China's Chang'e 6 spacecraft begins sampling on far side of the moon

China's Chang'e 6 spacecraft begins sampling on far side of the moon

Jul 12, 2024

Illustration of the Chang’e-6 lander on the lunar surface cnsa.gov.cn China’s Chang’e 6 spacecraft has successfully landed on the moon’s far side and started taking samples of lunar rock from the region for the first time. After orbiting the moon for three weeks,

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Knot theory could help spacecraft navigate crowded solar systems

Knot theory could help spacecraft navigate crowded solar systems

Jul 12, 2024

Space modules must be able to switch orbits in order to explore a solar system Elen / Alamy Stock Photo When a spacecraft is circling a planet or sailing among a set of moons, navigating between different orbits can be tough – but

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