Science


2016


Earth made up of two planets combined, new research suggests

It was believed that the forming planet Theia had sideswiped the Earth and blasted the moon into orbit before heading off into space about 100 million years after the formation of the Earth. However, a new research suggests that instead of merely brushing off, the two planets actually had a head-on collision, fusing them together. Continue reading…


European Space Agency to build a moon village by 2030

Villages on the moon that will house teams of astronauts could be built in the decade to come… The reality of lunar villages is just within reach with the help of 3D printing technology, a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digitally-made file. If successful, astronauts could use the lunar base as a springboard for future Mars explorations. Continue reading…


Hundreds of galaxies near the Milky Way discovered

Although these former ‘hidden galaxies’ are a mere 250 million light-years away from the Earth, which is comparatively close in astronomical terms, they were unobservable because they lie within an area obstructed by planets and stars found in the Milky Way, which is called the Zone of Avoidance. In the past several decades, scientists who had tried to map out the galactic distribution of the said area with no success. Continue reading…


Meteorite older than Earth found in Australia

Geologists recently recovered a rock from a primordial meteorite that fell on Earth in November last year in the Australian outback. They were able to retrieve it just in time before heavy rains would have washed its traces. They believe the fragment is even older than Earth itself. Continue reading…


Fastest-moving stars in the Milky Way discovered

Roughly 100 so-called “runaway stars” in the Milky Way hurtled through space at incredible speeds, creating shockwaves that helped astronomers to discover them. Continue reading…


Yutu Lunar Rover update: China’s moon rover discovered new rock type

China’s Yutu Lunar Rover, part of Chang’e-3 unmanned lunar mission, discovered a new type of rock on the surface of the moon.

Ientified as a type of basalt from a relatively young mare lava flows, this rock had remained undiscovered by any other previous Soviet or US missions. The rock, according to the study published in Nature Communications, contains chemical compositions that could be linked to the Moon’s late volcanism and possible origins. Continue reading…