Remnants Of Recent Supernovae Found in the Earth's Crust

Recently Australian researchers found the first ever evidence of a plutonium radioactive isotope in the Earth's crust that originally came from outer space, namely a supernova.

Hubble Has Tracked Down the Source of 5 Fast Radio Bursts

FRBs are powerful jets of energy that has mysterious origins. The research team performed a survey of eight FRBs, from which they were able to determine that five of them originated from a spiral arm in their host galaxies.

Map of 226 Million Galaxies Across 7 Billion Light Years

The survey, which included 400 individual scientists from 25 institutions in 7 countries, observed over 226 million galaxies. The goal of the survey was to the distribution of dark matter and the effect of dark energy.

Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane has conducted the first of three key test flights that should enable it to enter commercial service. Sir Richard has some 600 paying customers waiting to take the same ride.

China lands its first probe on Mars

China’s first Mars rover safely touched down Friday and began sending data back to Earth, joining the United States as the only two nations to successfully land and operate a spacecraft on the surface of Mars.

Blue Origin Will Finally Fly Passengers to Space in July

Blue Origin recently announced they are planning to conduct the first crewed flight with the New Shepard by July 20th. In addition to the Blue Origin astronaut crew, one seat is being set aside for a commercial passenger.

Hydroxyl Seen for the First Time in an Exoplanet

The molecule hydroxyl (HO) is common on Earth. Now, for the first time, astronomers have conclusively detected it in the atmosphere of an ultra-hot Jupiter, WASP-33b. 

New "Test-bed" telescope joins hunt for threatening asteroids

Working alongside its northern-hemisphere partner telescope, the ESAs Test-Bed Telescope 2 (TBT2) at La Silla Observatory in Chile will keep a close eye on the sky for asteroids that could pose a risk to Earth.

NASA is now Planning a Mission to go 1,000 AU From the Sun

The project, currently known as the “Interstellar Probe” would plan to launch in the 2030s and reach the 1000 AU target around 15 years later.  This will result in a completely new perspective for science.

China launches first module of new space station

China has launched a key module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing's increasingly ambitious space programme. Although 5B rocket is "unpredictably" falling back to Earth after launching the module.

Parker solar probe becomes fastest object ever built

Nothing built by human hands has ever traveled faster than NASA's Parker Solar Probe. In late April, it smashed two wild space records. It was clocked at over 531,000 km/hour as it zipped through the sun's outer atmosphere.

A new super-Earth detected orbiting a red dwarf star

Researchers report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting the star GJ 740, a red dwarf star situated some 36 light years from Earth. Its mass is around 3 times the mass of Earth.

Astronomers spot merging galaxies hosting dual quasars

Astronomers have spotted two close pairs of quasars in the process of merging as their host galaxies crash together in a slow-motion collision 10 billion years ago. Quasars make a profound impact on galaxy formation.

NASA's New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone

On April 17 New Horizons reached a rare deep-space milepost - 50 astronomical units from the Sun, or 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to reach this great distance.

Virgin Galactic unveils its first 'SpaceShip III' suborbital spacecraft

Last week, Virgin Galactic, the space tourism firm owned by Richard Branson, revealed its newest design, SpaceShip III, with the first vehicle in this line dubbed “VSS Imagine.”