The fireball that crashed into Earth came from outside our solar system
That’s right. It’s been a year since we launched this journey of curiosity, as Dustin Henderson of “Stranger Things” would say. There are few things greater than marveling together at the many splendors of the scientific world.
I’ve loved every minute of it so far, and it’s thanks to you for joining us every step of the way. We appreciate you spending every Saturday with us and sharing your valuable feedback.
If you enjoyed this weekly space and science party, stay tuned. There’s so much to look forward to as we dig into new discoveries and navigate the secrets of the universe on this fascinating nonstop cruise.
Grab a celebratory cupcake and dive into some of the intriguing treasures we’ve collected for you this week.
across the universe
A meteor needed speed as it approached our planet from beyond the solar system – but luckily it didn’t reach the danger zone.
Interstellar space rocks are rarely observed in our solar system. This one was probably expelled from its own planetary system before heading to our corner of the universe.
Little is known about the meteor, including when and where it came from. Researchers want to retrieve some of it from the Pacific Ocean, which may not be possible. But it would be the “holy grail of interstellar objects” if they could.
Force of nature
Soaring temperatures caused an ice floe the size of Los Angeles to collapse in Antarctica in March. The heat that started it the event was caused by an atmospheric river or a long plume of moisture that draws in warm air from the tropics.
The concern now is that these intense celestial rivers could lead to the collapse of the largest ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, called Larsen C.
Scientists are still trying to determine the exact link between atmospheric rivers and the climate crisis, but one thing is certain: the collapse of Larsen C would be bad news for sea levels around the planet.
Congratulations are in order for everyone’s favorite hippo, Fiona. The Cincinnati Zoo’s social media sweetheart is about to become a big sister. Fiona’s mother, Bibi, is pregnant and her “big bundle of joy” is expected to arrive at the end of the summer.
The news came as a shock as Fiona’s father died in 2017 and Bibi was on birth control. But Tucker, who arrived at the zoo in 2021, has been “smitten” with Bibi since they met.
Fiona caught the eye in 2017 after being born six weeks premature. The little hippo persevered and his journey as he navigated those vulnerable early days captured the hearts of many.
Our solar system is an inexhaustible source of admiration.
A ghost flower has been discovered in the cloud forest of Ecuador.
The stunning orange wildflower, called Gasteranthus extinctus, was thought to be extinct for decades before being rediscovered by researchers.
It was last seen in 1985 and earned its sad name because scientists saw no future for the flower as the cloud forest experienced deforestation.
And while searching for this rare flower, researchers have found nearly half a dozen new-to-science plant species – another reason to help save this unique cloud forest.
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