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Missile Fired From Space Station

Alien hunters and conspiracy theorists have come up with a lot of interesting ideas from watching footage of space – suggesting there could be a crucifix on Mars or giant pillars on the moon.

Their latest claim is that the International Space Station has a ‘secret weapon’ on board and has been firing missiles at Earth.

Pictures captured from Nasa’s live feed have sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy, claiming it shows an ‘interesting UFO or missile’ being released from the ISS.

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A video has emerged showing pictures taken from Nasa’s live feed of the International Space Station, as conspiracy theorists claim it shows an ‘interesting UFO or missile’ being released from the ISS. Screenshot from video pictured showing the object leaving the ISS

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Has Earth’s Twin Been Found?

The Kepler telescope has discovered 1,284 new exoplanets, doubling the number of known alien worlds.

Nearly 550 of the new planets could be rocky planets like Earth, and nine of these are in their habitable zone – meaning they could host life.

‘This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth,’ said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at Nasa.

The announcement was made today at an eagerly awaited Nasa press conference.

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Kepler has discovered 1,284 new exoplanets, doubling the number of known alien worlds. 'This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth,' said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at Nasa. This artist's concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to dateKepler has discovered 1,284 new exoplanets, doubling the number of known alien worlds. ‘This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth,’ said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at Nasa. This artist’s concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to date.

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Supernova Explodes With the Force of 100 Million Suns

Astronomers have discovered signs of a massive stellar explosion 30 million years ago that would have produced the equivalent force of millions of suns blowing up all at once.

The ancient star would have ballooned to 200 times the size of the sun and the epic blast would have spewed out material into the universe at 36 million kilometres an hour (22.4 million mph).

Researchers believe that their analysis of the supernova, which has been visible in the night sky since 2013, can teach us more about the violent deaths of stars in the universe.

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Astronomers have discovered signs of a massive stellar explosion 30 million years ago which would have produced the equivalent force of millions of suns blowing up all at once. Stock image. The team studied observations of the explosion, called Supernova 2013ej, taken by a number of telescopes
Astronomers have discovered signs of a massive stellar explosion 30 million years ago which would have produced the equivalent force of millions of suns blowing up all at once. Stock image. The team studied observations of the explosion, called Supernova 2013ej, taken by a number of telescopes

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Electronic Sail For Deep Space Exploration

Artist's concept of the E-Sail in operation

Artist’s concept of the E-Sail in operation (Credit: NASA/MSFC).

It took Voyager 1 over 30 years to reach interstellar space, but NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama is testing a new technology that could cut that time by two thirds. The Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS) or E-sail concept is a novel form of propellant-less propulsion that catches the solar winds on electric sails and holds the promise of cutting the travel time from Earth to the heliopause – about 123 AU (18 billion km, 11 billion mi) from the Sun – to under 10 years. read more

Largest Supermassive Black Hole Ever Seen

Supermassive black holes patrolling our local region of space may be more common than previously thought after astronomers made a surprise discovery.

A new object with the mass of 17 billion suns has been found in a sparsely-populated area of the local universe, just 200 million light-years from Earth.

This makes it one of the most massive black holes ever discovered, and it’s in a region of space thought to be mostly empty.

A new object with the mass of 17 billion suns has been found in a sparsely-populated area of the local universe, just 200 million light-years from Earth. This sky survey image shows the galaxy NGC 1600 and a Hubble Space Telescope closeup of the bright centre of the galaxy where the 17-billion-solar-mass hole is

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Lasers Hide the Earth

A 22 W laser used for adaptive optics on the Very Large Telescope in Chile

A 22 W laser used for adaptive optics on the Very Large Telescope in Chile (Credit: RAS/ESO/G. Hüdepoh).

In recent years, mankind has become very good at finding other planets. Using instruments like the Kepler Space Telescope, scientists have, to date, discovered over 2,000 planets outside our Solar System, but what if some of those planets are inhabited by beings we’d rather not talk to, much less have drop in? Just in case any potential visitors are less ET and more Aliens, a pair of Columbia University scientists have figured out how to use lasers to hide the Earth from prying eyes by camouflaging its light signature. read more

Growing Crops For Martians

Straight out the movie “The Martian,” scientists are really doing it.

The team successfully grew 10 crop species including tomato, rye, radish, pea, leek, spinach, garden rocket, ...
The team successfully grew 10 crop species including tomato, rye, radish, pea, leek, spinach, garden rocket, cress, quinoa and chives (Credit: Wageningen University).

When and if colonists ever arrive on Mars, they’re going to need something to eat … on a long-term, ongoing basis. That’s why several research groups are looking into the feasibility of growing crops on the Red Planet. read more

Spaceballs Land in Vietnam?

Vietnamese military experts are probing three metal objects which are believed to have fallen from space near the country’s northern border with China.

The the three objects were spread over a large area in the Tuyen Quang province according to local media reports.

The largest of the objects which weighed 45 kilograms, was found in a stream.

Members of the Vietnamese military have inspected the mysterious 'space balls' pictured,  which fell to earth 
Members of the Vietnamese military have inspected the mysterious ‘space balls’ pictured,  which fell to earth

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Is This the Mars Stonehenge?

From floating spoons and coffins to crabs and pyramids, alien hunters are often reporting strange structures in images beamed back from the surface of Mars.

Now, the latest ‘discovery’ seen using high-resolution images of the Martian surface, a mysterious circle of stones have been spotted on top of a raised mound on the planet.

Dubbed ‘Marshenge’, alien enthusiasts have been comparing it to the famous stone circle at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.

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A stone circle that has been compared to Stonehenge has been spotted in images sent back by a spacecraft orbiting the red planet. Dubbed 'Marshenge', alien hunters have seized on the images but experts say it could be created by natural processes which cause rocks to be 'sorted' in freeze and thaw cycles of permafrost
A stone circle that has been compared to Stonehenge has been spotted in images sent back by a spacecraft orbiting the red planet. Dubbed ‘Marshenge’, alien hunters have seized on the images but experts say it could be created by natural processes which cause rocks to be ‘sorted’ in freeze and thaw cycles of permafrost

The strange cluster of stones has already triggered theories that it may have been built by aliens.

However, experts have in the past said such stone circles may form as a result of natural processes that also occur here on Earth. read more

Black Hole is Too Big for It’s Galaxy

An enormous black hole lurking at the centre of a recently discovered galaxy has been found to be thirty times bigger than it should be.

Astronomers say the galaxy, which currently has the catchy name SAGE0536AGN, is thought to be around nine billion years old and has a mass of around 25 billion times that of our sun.

Yet scientists have discovered that the black hole at the heart of this galaxy has a mass equivalent to 350 million suns.

The galaxy SAGE0536AGN (the pink ellipse in the centre of the image above) has been found to have a supermassive black hole at its centre that is far bigger than astronomers had expected. It appears to have grown far faster than the rest of the galaxy and may be a new type of galaxy
The galaxy SAGE0536AGN (the pink ellipse in the centre of the image above) has been found to have a supermassive black hole at its centre that is far bigger than astronomers had expected. It appears to have grown far faster than the rest of the galaxy and may be a new type of galaxy

This is far larger than it should be for a galaxy of this size, suggesting it has grown far faster than the rest of the galaxy around it.

Researchers say the black hole is gobbling up gas and other material at the centre of the galaxy at an incredible rate. read more