Rare Binary Asteroid Confirmed

The near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 is actually two asteroids. Observations by two powerful telescopes helped astronomers confirm the asteroid’s binary nature. Source: Pair of observatories confirm rare double asteroid

Massive, Ancient Black Sarcophagus Unearthed in Egypt, Unknown Body Inside

Should we open it? Archaeological digs around ancient Egyptian sites still have plenty of secrets to give up yet – like the huge, black granite sarcophagus just discovered at an excavation in the city of Alexandria, on the northern coast of Egypt. Source: A Massive, Black Sarcophagus Has Been Unearthed in Egypt, And Nobody Knows …

Astronomers Witness the Birth of a Planet

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg and the SPHERE instrument consortium at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile have discovered and characterised an extremely young exoplanet in a state of its formation. Source: Astronomers Witness the Birth of a Planet

Right Stuff For Life Found on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

On Saturn’s small moon Enceladus, perpetual fountains of alien seawater launch all sorts of curious stuff into space: water, salt, silica, and even simple carbon-containing compounds fly into the void—many of which are ingredients for life as we know it. Source: Right Stuff For Life Found on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus