James Webb Space Telescope captures its first image of the most distant known star in the universe

An image of the most distant known star in the universe has been captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Named Earendel, after a character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel ‘The Silmarillion’, it is almost 28 billion light-years away from Earth. That is over 10 billion light-years more distant than the next-furthest … Read more

Shaun the Sheep will be the first ‘astronaut’ to fly on the Artemis I mission around the moon

The identity of the first astronaut to blast off onboard the Artemis I mission to the moon has been revealed – and it is none other than Shaun the Sheep. A figurine of Aardman’s beloved character will be placed onboard the NASA’s Orion spacecraft before liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA later … Read more

Humans settled in North America 17,000 years EARLIER than previously believed, study finds

Bones of an adult mammoth and her calf have been uncovered at a 37,000-year-old butchering site in New Mexico, which suggest humans settled in North America 17,000 years than previously believed. A team of scientists, led by The University of Texas at Austin, extracted collagen from the bones, allowing them to carbon date the settled … Read more

Amazing spike maps that will change the way you see Earth

Eye-opening population density spike maps have revealed the true scale of how jam-packed America’s coastal areas are compared to its interior – and the staggering detail that New York City’s five boroughs could hold all the people on Earth if they stood shoulder-to-shoulder. Standard population density maps are colored but flat, so it’s difficult to … Read more

James Webb detects its first supernova 3 billion light years from Earth

A brilliant light detected by NASA’s James Webb Telescope (JWST) three billion light years from Earth is believed to be the $10 billion scope’s first observation of a dying star exploding. Formally known as a supernova, it is the ‘last hurrah’ that occurs when the star runs out of fuel. This causes the pressure to … Read more

Congress passes first NASA authorization bill in FIVE YEARS that will fund putting humans on Mars

New boost of hope for humans on Mars: Congress passes first authorization bill in FIVE YEARS that includes funding for Red Planet exploration Congress passed a NASA authorization bill that will allocate funding for a Moon to Mars program The program entails first setting up a lunar base and then sending humans to Mars Both … Read more

Tonight is your best chance of seeing Delta Aquariid meteor shower thanks to a New Moon 

If you’re a fan of stargazing, make sure you’ve got your eyes to the skies this evening. While the Delta Aquariids meteor shower officially peaks on Friday night, tonight is your best chance of seeing shooting stars. That’s because from 18:55 BST tonight there will be a New Moon – the phase of the Moon … Read more

Fibre-optic cables may be used to eavesdrop up to 1km away, study says

21st Century wire tap? Spies could use fibre-optic broadband cables to EAVESDROP on people from over half a mile away, study shows Scientists have developed a system that picks up sound from fibre-optic cables  Fibre-optic cables use light pulses to transmit data and are used for broadband But they are sensitive to changes in environmental pressure caused … Read more

Natural History Museum researchers find 39 potential new species at bottom of ocean using robot

Think you know what lurks beneath you when you take a dip in the ocean? Think again! Scientists have discovered 39 species that are ‘potentially new to science’, while exploring up to 16,700 feet (5,100 metres) underwater. A robot was sent down to the abyssal plains of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in the central Pacific Ocean … Read more

Mars’ Valles Marineris, which is 20 times wider than the Grand Canyon, seen in stunning new images

The massive Valles Marineris canyon has been revealed in stunning new images taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express.  At 2,485 miles long, over 124 miles wide and more than 4 miles deep, the Red Planet’s canyon makes America’s seem downright puny by comparison. Valles Marineris would span the distance from the northern tip … Read more