Oct. 4, 2017

77: Rare meteorite rocks scientific community

77: Rare meteorite rocks scientific community

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*Rare meteorite rocks scientific community A rare meteorite discovered by prospectors in far north Queensland (Australia) is providing new clues about the internal structures of large asteroids and possibly even some terrestrial planets. The 15 kilogram space rock was uncovered three years ago, about two metres below the surface, by a couple fossicking for gold with a metal detector. 

*New theory on the creation of supermassive black holes Scientists using computer simulations have shown how a supermassive black hole could be created from supersonic gas streams left over from the Big Bang. The findings reported in the journal Science, shows this simulated black hole could be the source of the birth and development of the largest and oldest supermassive black holes ever recorded. 

*Record setting comet NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen. The comet, called C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS is still a whopping 2.4 billion kilometres from the Sun – placing it beyond the orbit of Saturn. 

*Ariane 5’s fifth launch this year Ariane 5 has successfully placed two telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit. The 54 meter tall rocket blasted off from the European Space Agency Kourou space port in French Guiana carrying the Intelsat-37e and BSAT-4a. 

*AsiaSat9 launches aboard Proton rocket A Russian Proton rocket has blasted into orbit carrying the AsiaSat 9 telecommunications satellite. The Proton equipped with a Breeze M upper stage was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan. 

*The Science Report 

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New evidence indicates life may have existed on Earth some 3.95 billion years ago. 

New studies suggest humans first began to diverge between 350,000 and 260,000 years ago. 

Shedding new light on the Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger. 

Finding the brains aha moment. 

Video for the rocket launch is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4DQAdNzeK4 

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