Europa may be the most likely place to host alien life. Beneath its surface is a salty ocean, warmed by the play of gravity on the moon’s metal core. But how do you peer through sheet ice?
China is about to be the first nation to land on the dark side of the Moon. But Beijing is being unusually secretive about the event — not even confirming its suspected launch date this weekend.
It fell to the seabed after the ship carrying it was wrecked upon rocks some 2200 years ago. It was one of the ancient world’s great wonders. And we had no idea what it was until 50 years after it was rediscovered by divers in 1901.
There’s something odd about our solar system.
Krakatoa. It’s a name you’ve probably heard before. It’s a volcano. And when it blew in 1883, it sent shockwaves around the globe. Now, it’s erupting again.
Nothing is important. We’re almost sure it’s there. But we don’t know what it is. But this nothing could control the fate of the universe. And there may even be entire solar systems made of it.
All the evidence shows our universe emerged from a single event: an eruption commonly known as the Big Bang.
That there is something lurking in the interstellar murk beyond Neptune is almost certain. Exactly what it is and where it is, we’re not so sure. If it truly is the elusive Planet Nine — the theorized planet lurking undiscovered in our solar system — it may take another thousand years before it swings back into view.
Aren’t sharks scary enough? The biggest of them all — the megalodon — has been dead three million years. And, yes, if they were alive now, paleontologists would say — get out of the water, now!
WE have discovered 3663 (and counting) planets around distant stars. About 50 are in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ which supports liquid water. A new study has whittled the number believed habitable down to just three.