How to Tell If the Rock You Found Is a Meteorite

Photo: DenVDen (Shutterstock) Have you found a weird looking rock when out hiking and thought, “I bet that came from outer space!” I have. Sadly, it’s almost definitely not a meteorite. As cool (and lucrative) as it would be to chance on the remnant of a meteor that survived its trip through the atmosphere to … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Completes Mars Sample Depot – Captures Amazing Variety of Martian Geology

Perseverance’s Three Forks Sample Depot Selfie: NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with several of the 10 sample tubes it deposited at a sample depot it is creating within an area of ​​Jezero Crater nicknamed “Three Forks.” Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Ten sample tubes, capturing an amazing variety of Martian geology, have been deposited on[{” attribute=””>Mars’ … Read more

Future Space Telescopes Could Be 100 Meters Across, Constructed in Space, and Then Bent Into a Precise Shape

It is an exciting time for astronomers and cosmologists. Since the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), astronomers have been treated to the most vivid and detailed images of the Universe ever taken. Webb‘s powerful infrared imagers, spectrometers, and coronographs will allow for even more in the near future, including everything from surveys of the early … Read more

How big is the largest possible earthquake?

On May 22, 1960, a devastating earthquake hit southern Chile. For 10 minutes, the ground shook so violently that people were unable to stay on their feet. Cracks opened in roads, and buildings collapsed. one man quoted in a US Geological Survey (USGS) report (opens in new tab) about surviving the earthquake and its subsequent … Read more

New analog quantum computers to solve previously unsolvable problems

Micrograph image of the new Quantum Simulator, which features two coupled nano-sized metal-semiconductor components embedded in an electronic circuit. Credit: University College Dublin Physicists have invented a new type of analog quantum computer that can tackle hard physics problems that the most powerful digital supercomputers cannot solve. New research published in Nature Physics by collaborating … Read more

Mysterious blue spiral appears in the sky over Hawaii

It may have an eerie, UFO-like appearance, but this mysterious blue spiral in the sky has a far more mundane explanation. The spectacular sight – which baffled skygazers over Hawaii – is actually part of the aftermath of a SpaceX rocket launch. It was caught on camera by the Subaru Telescope, located at the summit … Read more