An asteroid 86666 flewby close to the Earth

An asteroid 86666 flewby close to the Earth

The earth was set to have a close incounter with a giant asteroid, its size the length of 20 soccer fields on Oct 10. Object 2000 FL10, better known as asteroid 86666, charging through space at 16.3 km/s will bullet past 4 million miles from the Earth, NASA has confirmed. The object is estimated to be …



Banking X-ray data for the future

Banking X-ray data for the future

  Archives, in their many forms, save information from today that people will want to access and study in the future. This is a critical function of all archives, but it is especially important when it comes to storing data from today’s modern telescopes. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has collected data for over sixteen years …



Mysterious ripples found racing through planet-forming disc

Mysterious ripples found racing through planet-forming disc

Using images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered never-before-seen structures within a dusty disc surrounding a nearby star. The fast-moving wave-like features in the disc of the star AU Microscopii are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted, before now. The origin and nature of these features …



Discovery of white dwarf companions of millisecond pulsars

Discovery of white dwarf companions of millisecond pulsars

 When a star with a mass of roughly ten solar masses finishes its life, it does so in a spectacular explosion known as a supernova, leaving behind as remnant “ash” a neutron star. Neutron stars have masses of one-to-several Suns, but they are tiny in size, only tens of kilometres. Neutron stars spin rapidly, and …