Colossal Object–“Observed Around a Star That’s Been Exploding for a Million Years”


Nova Remnant


Evidence of a gigantic 400-light-year-wide super remnant surrounding an exploding white dwarf star in the nearby Andromeda Galaxy known as M31N 2008-12a, has been discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope erupting on a regular basis for millions of years –brightening a millionfold and ejecting material at thousands of miles per second.


“The Milky Way Base” –China Names First Human-Technology Landing Site on Moon’s Far Side

China's Chang'e 4 Rover


China has named the landing site of its Chang’e-4 lunar probe “Statio Tianhe” –after the Chinese name for the Milky Way Galaxy for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon last month. The Chang’e-4 probe, launched on December 8, landed on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on January 3. As of today, a total of 12 lunar features have been named by China.


“Impact!” The Asteroid That Towered a Mile Above the Cruising Altitude of a 747 (Weekend Feature)

Chicxulub Impact


“The asteroid itself was so large that, even at the moment of impact, the top of it might have still towered more than a mile above the cruising altitude of a 747,” writes Peter Brannen in Ends of the World. “In its nearly instantaneous descent, it compressed the air below it so violently that it briefly became several times hotter than the surface of the sun,” hitting Earth with enough force enough to lift a mountain back into space at escape velocity.


NASA Sleuths –“Track Down Missing Matter of the Universe”


New Hubble Deep Field Image


Astronomers have spent decades looking for something that sounds like it would be hard to miss: about a third of the “normal,” baryonic, matter in the Universe. New results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped them locate this elusive expanse of missing matter.


“The Dark Ocean” –New Antarctica Marine World Hidden from the Sun for 100,00 Years



In July 2017, a giant iceberg broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf east of the Antarctic Peninsula, unveiling a large swathe of ocean that has existed in darkness beneath the ice for more than 100,000 years, and might hold clues to the evolution and mobility of marine life and its response to climate change –an unexplored world that has existed longer than the evolution of the human neocortex, our “super-brain,” no later than 75,000 years ago that spurred our capacity for novelty and invention.


Planet Earth Report –“City Apocalypse, Earth 2100, Impossible 12.0 Earthquake”

Earth from the ISS


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