Space & Planetary

Moon may have influenced Stonehenge construction

A study by a team of archaeoastronomers are investigating the possible connection of the moon in influencing the Stonehenge builders.

The Alaca Höyük meteoric dagger

The Alaca Höyük meteoric dagger is an iron forged dagger with extraterrestrial origins.

Ancient celestial map found at Castelliere di Rupinpiccolo

Castelliere di Rupinpiccolo is an ancient hillfort, located in the Province of Trieste, Italy.

Possible traces of protoplanet found in Earth’s mantle

In a study of the Earth’s mantle, scientists have identified two compositionally distinct continent-sized anomalies which could be traces of a protoplanet which impacted with Earth during its early formation.

The Moon is 40 million years older than previously thought

According to the giant-impact hypothesis (also known as the Theia Impact), the moon was formed when a giant object such as a protoplanet crashed into the Earth when the solar system was still young.

Lost lithium destroyed by ancient stars

Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilising drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of the period after the Big Bang explain how it, hydrogen and helium were synthesised in nuclear reactions, before the universe cooled enough for the stars and planets that we see today to come into being.

Technique may reveal the age of moon rocks during spaceflight

Researchers are developing instruments and methods for measuring the ages of rocks encountered during space missions to the Moon or other planets.

Dust pillars of destruction reveal impact of cosmic wind on galaxy evolution

Astronomers have long known that powerful cosmic winds can sometimes blow through galaxies, sweeping out interstellar material and stopping future star formation. Now they...

Why we live on Earth and not Venus

Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life.

Death of a dynamo – a hard drive from space

Hidden magnetic messages contained within ancient meteorites are providing a unique window into the processes that shaped our solar system, and may give a sneak preview of the fate of the Earth’s core as it continues to freeze.

The Jacobean space programme

The 17th century saw unprecedented changes in our understanding of the universe.

Earliest known iron artefacts come from outer space

Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, also predate the emergence of iron smelting by two millennia.

Nazi buddha from space might be fake

Statue said to have been looted by Nazis may well be from space but expert says it was probably made in the 20th century

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