October 2017

Young star provides insight on how planets form

By | 2017-10-22T16:11:45+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Space|

High powered telescopes observing a distant young hot star, called V1247 Orionis, provided scientists with interesting clues to answer one of astronomy’s biggest question of how planets form. The Atacama Large Millitre Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile has been monitoring the star, which is found in the background of Orion’s Belt. It is surrounded by a large disc of gas and dust, similar to other young, hot stars in [...]

LIGO detects gravitational waves from two neutron stars colliding

By | 2017-10-20T20:34:32+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Space|

On Monday, scientists announced that they had observed and heard the collision of a pair of dead stars. This provides them with their first glimpse of the violent process from which gold and silver in the universe are made. Called a kilonova, the collision shook the galaxy in which it occurred 130 million light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation of Hydra, and resulted in fireworks across the universe. [...]

Carnival of Space #531

By | 2017-10-16T19:46:29+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Space|

Welcome to the 531st edition of the Carnival of Space! The Carnival of Space is a vibrant community of writers and bloggers sharing a common passion, the world that lies beyond our home planet. Each week the Carnival brings you the latest news from the interstellar community and The Evolving Planet is truly honoured to host this week's edition! This week, we'll start things off with Universe Today: Scientist [...]

Scientists observe pair of asteroids with comet-like features

By | 2017-10-15T12:19:07+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Space|

A strange asteroid behaving like a comet that was first discovered more than 10 years ago has turned out to be stranger than scientists had initially thought. They have learned that it actually consists of two asteroids that are orbiting each other. In a study published in the journal Nature, a team led by Jessica Agarwal of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, confirm that [...]

Gravitational waves scientists win Nobel Prize for physics

By | 2017-10-12T22:48:33+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Space|

More than a hundred years after Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves, three US scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. According to the award-giving body, they have been chosen for their “decisive contribution to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” Rainer Weiss from MIT received half of the year’s prize after being recognized for his work in conceptualizing and constructing the [...]

Amazing Interactive Infographic Let’s You Magnify The Universe, Moving From Super Clusters Of Galaxies To Atoms

By | 2017-10-13T13:26:56+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Space|

This interactive infographic was created by Number Sleuth, illustrating the scale of the largest and smallest objects within the observable universe. This ranges from super clusters of galaxies to insects and even further down to atoms. When describing their infographic, Number Sleuth explained: "While other sites have tried to magnify the universe, no one else has done so with real photographs and 3D renderings. To fully capture the awe of the [...]