Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

On Sunday, Earth’s magnetic field was pelted by a solar wind stream reaching velocities of more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) per second. While that’s nothing too alarming – solar storms often pummel our planet triggering spectacular auroras – what is weird is that this storm was totally unexpected. “This event was not in the … Read more

Astronomers Say They’ve Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

Astronomers Say They've Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

It’s a record that has been broken multiple times over the past two years alone, and one that we expect to see broken again soon. Astronomers using the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have announced the discovery of what appears to be the most distant galaxy yet. If this sounds familiar, it’s already … Read more

Scientists Glimpse The Earliest Dark Matter Ever Observed in The Universe

Scientists Glimpse The Earliest Dark Matter Ever Observed in The Universe

What little we know of dark matter comes from calculations based on the glow of surrounding galaxies. The further away we look, however, the dimmer that starlight gets, making it harder to see the subtle influence of this most mysterious of forces. Now a collaboration between astronomers from Japan and the US has found a … Read more

Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists have just caught light acting the part of ‘glue’ between atoms, in a kind of loosely bonded molecule. “We have succeeded for the first time in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” says University of Innsbruck physicist Matthias Sonnleitner. Atoms connect to form molecules in … Read more

Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Scientists may have just tracked down the source of some mysterious infrared glows detected emanating from stars and clouds of interstellar dust and gas. These Unidentified Infrared Emission (UIE) bands have baffled scientists for decades; according to a theoretical new work, at least some of these bands can be produced by highly ionized buckminsterfullerene, more … Read more

Rare type of galaxy dazzles in new Webb telescope image

Rare type of galaxy dazzles in new Webb telescope image

Video above: NASA quietly releases terrestrial test photos of Jupiter captured by the James Webb Space TelescopeThe James Webb Space Telescope has peered through cosmic dust to reveal new details and a stunning image of a rare type of galaxy. galaxy, a ring galaxy located 500 million light-years away that formed when a large spiral … Read more

Scientists baffled as Earth spins faster than usual

Scientists baffled as Earth spins faster than usual

Scientists have been left baffled after discovering the Earth is spinning faster than normal—making days shorter than usual. New measurements by the UK’s National Physical Laboratory show that the Earth is spinning faster than it was half a century ago. On June 29, the Earth’s full rotation took 1.59 milliseconds less than 24 hours — … Read more

Meteorite Hunters Thought They Found the Origin of an Intense Fireball in Australia but They Were Dead Wrong

Meteorite Hunters Thought They Found the Origin of an Intense Fireball in Australia but They Were Dead Wrong

On Aug. 22, 2016, a fireball streaked across the sky over South Australia. A low, bright meteor. It was one of hundreds of space rocks that plunge through Earth’s atmosphere every year—and are big enough to survive the fiery descent. Earth is mostly water, so most meteors splash down into the middle of the ocean … Read more

NASA Delayed the Psyche Launch. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal

NASA Delayed the Psyche Launch.  Here's Why That's a Big Deal

NASA and the Psyche team declined interview requests until an independent review of the mission delay has been completed. Agency officials will make a decision about next steps based on that review in the coming months, said Lori Glaze, head of NASA’s planetary science division, at last month’s press conference. But WIRED spoke with other … Read more

China says closely tracking rocket debris hurtling towards Earth | Space News

China says closely tracking rocket debris hurtling towards Earth |  Space News

Beijing says uncontrolled re-entry of rocket debris poses little risk to anyone on the ground. Remnants of a large Chinese rocket are expected to streak through the atmosphere this weekend in an uncontrolled re-entry that Beijing says it is closely tracking but poses little risk to anyone on Earth. The Long March 5B rocket blasted … Read more