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Step up Australia, we need a traffic cop in space

Right now there are more than 20,000 objects in space. NASA

Step up Australia, we need a traffic cop in space

Step up Australia, we need a traffic cop in space Right now there are more than 20,000 objects in space. NASA Duncan Blake, University of Adelaide Right now there are around 21,000 artificial objects being tracked in Earth orbit (and many millions too small to […]

We’ve found an exo-planet with an extraordinarily eccentric orbit

An artist’s impression of the exoplanet in close orbit to a star. ESA, NASA, G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA) and M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble)

We’ve found an exo-planet with an extraordinarily eccentric orbit

We’ve found an exo-planet with an extraordinarily eccentric orbit An artist’s impression of the exoplanet in close orbit to a star. ESA, NASA, G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA) and M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble) Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland; Jake Clark, University of […]

Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere

The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist's concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's but with ingredients that could be similar to those of Earth's atmosphere. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere

Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always […]

Message to the gods: the space poetry that transcends human rivalries

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Message to the gods: the space poetry that transcends human rivalries

Message to the gods: the space poetry that transcends human rivalries NASA Phil Leonard, Nottingham Trent University Sputnik 1 started it all. The beachball-sized satellite was launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957 and, despite a relatively short mission of only 21 days […]

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

This computer simulation shows the collision of two black holes, which produces gravitational waves. Credits: SXS

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space. So far, there have been five detections of gravitational waves, […]

Cities could save billions of pounds, while saving the planet – here’s how

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Cities could save billions of pounds, while saving the planet – here’s how

Cities could save billions of pounds, while saving the planet – here’s how from www.shutterstock.com Andrew Sudmant, University of Leeds and Andy Gouldson, University of Leeds National governments have historically led efforts to address climate change; setting the targets, planning the actions and then succeeding […]

‘Contact’ and Carl Sagan’s faith

Jodie Foster in Contact. Google Images

‘Contact’ and Carl Sagan’s faith

‘Contact’ and Carl Sagan’s faith Jodie Foster in Contact. Google Images Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria It’s the 20th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’s 1997 science fiction film Contact, and we’re in the middle of remembering its story of aliens purposefully communicating with our planet. The […]

Mysterious ‘geomagnetic spike’ 3,000 years ago challenges our understanding of the Earth’s interior

The Earth has a powerful magnetic field. NASA

Mysterious ‘geomagnetic spike’ 3,000 years ago challenges our understanding of the Earth’s interior

Mysterious ‘geomagnetic spike’ 3,000 years ago challenges our understanding of the Earth’s interior The Earth has a powerful magnetic field. NASA Christopher Davies, University of Leeds The Earth’s magnetic field, generated some 3,000km below our feet in the liquid iron core, threads through the whole […]

Jupiter’s Stunning Southern Hemisphere

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Jupiter’s Stunning Southern Hemisphere

Jupiter’s Stunning Southern Hemisphere See Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the “String of Pearls,” one of eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude […]