NASAs Dawn space mission has found evidence for organic material on asteroid (or dud comet) Ceres - see https://phys.org/print406465509.html ... the material was detected near a crater and the study is in this month's Science journal (February 2017). Carbonates and clays have also been discovered. The organic material is part of the stuff of life - but apparently not evidence of life on Ceres.
At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/02/spectacular-star-cluster-reveals-e... ... a spectacular star cluster reveals elusive black holes hiding inside a dense cluster of stars. Watch the video of the black hole in its hidey hole - or the flash of energy that is thought to be a black hole. They can even provide an estimated date for the star cluster - 12 billion years old. One option if link does not work is to go to www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/02/ and then scroll down to the story, spectacular star cluster etc.
At www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/31/saturns-rings-contain-millions-m... ... Saturn's rings contain millions of moonlets - or should that say pieces of debris. Yes, the news flash does say millions of moonlets - who are we to argue. It seems the rings themselves are made up of ice, dust, and rocks (from tiny specks to the size of a house). Gaps in the material are known to astronomers as 'propellers' and these are created, it is thought, by moonlets. They are the bigger debris, from the size of double decker bus to a kilometre across.
The black hole feeding frenzy theory is back, hot on the press at https://phys.org/print405603958.html ... and not only that the feeding frenzy is breaking records. This meal has been going on for nearly ten years - and the x-rays have yet to dim. It is imagined a black hole has trapped a massive star into its gaping mouth and is busy munching away. The star is so big it is taking a decade to shred it and consume it. It sounds a bit like one of those gob stopper's that you kept sucking as it gradually got smaller and didn't fill up the whole of your mouth.
At https://phys.org/print405251294.html ... Japanese researchers have been looking at a red spot on Pluto. It may have developed, they suggest, after a collision. It is speculated that an object thumped Pluto and using computer simulation they suggest it may have created Charon (which is almost the size of Pluto).
At https://phys.org/print405259316.html ... we are at the asteroid Ceres on this post - and the ice volcano. Lots more speculation.
After looking at (last week) the explanation for rapid bursts of x-rays and ultra violet light from the Electric Universe perspective (courtesy of Stephen Smith) we have the mainstream view for rapid bursting events - and what they are all about. Go to https://phys.org/print405155937.html
At http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/the-mars-rover-found-a-meteorite-m... .... a video of an iron meteorite found by the Mars rover trundling over the surface of Mars
At www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/the-milky-way-is-being-hurled-through-spa... ... another video. This time it is the Milky Way being hurled through space.
A https://phys.org/print405072203.html ... the Japanese moon orbiting spacecraft, Kaguya, has found evidence of oxygen from Earth's atmosphere ending up on the surface of the moon for a few days each month. The moon is continually bombarded by particles from the solar wind but once a month the earth is situated between the moon and the sun. It is therefore temporarily protected from the solar wind - but just for a few days each month. At the same time it seems that oxygen ions from earth are able to invade the moon.
Whilst the media was all lathered up yesterday an asteroid passed by the earth six times closer than the earth. Go to www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/asteroid-whizzing-by-earth-six-tiems-clos... ... good job William was paying attention. Another fly-by that wasn't seen until the last minute.