Astronomers Just Detected an Asteroid That’s Passing Extremely Close to Earth Today

Astronomers Just Detected an Asteroid That’s Passing Extremely Close to Earth Today

A small asteroid the size of a bus will make an extremely close approach to Earth on Thursday (July 7), passing within just 56,000 miles (90,000 kilometers) – or about 23 percent of the average distance between Earth and the Moon. And just a few days ago, no one knew it was coming The asteroid, … Read more

The Largest Star in The Milky Way Is Slowly Dying, And Astronomers Are Watching

The Largest Star in The Milky Way Is Slowly Dying, And Astronomers Are Watching

Three-dimensional models of astronomical objects can be ridiculously complex. They can range from black holes that light doesn’t even escape to the literal size of the Universe and everything in between. But not every object has received the attention needed to develop a complete model of it, but we can officially add another highly complex … Read more

The ‘Mount Everest’ of bacteria discovered in Caribbean swamps

The ‘Mount Everest’ of bacteria discovered in Caribbean swamps

This microscope photo provided by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in June 2022 shows thin strands of Thiomargarita magnifica bacteria cells next to a US dime coin.Tomas Tyml/The Associated Press The largest-known bacterium – a vermicelli-shaped organism that was discovered in shallow mangrove swamps in the Caribbean and is big enough to be seen with … Read more

Astronomer’s Mind-Blowing Animation Shows The True Scale of Our Solar System

Astronomer’s Mind-Blowing Animation Shows The True Scale of Our Solar System

Sometimes it takes an animation on Twitter to truly understand – or at least begin to understand – the amazing diversity of worlds making up our Solar System. Enter planetary astronomer James O’Donoghue from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Hey tweeted out a brief animation that starts off with the Ceres dwarf planet, and … Read more