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A new type of cataclysmic event was
spotted a couple weeks ago. A galaxy 3/4 of the distance to the other end of our universe disappeared in a ball of light that lasted for a few hours and was gone. The galaxy location flared up 1000 fold and died back to a dot of light. "No astronomical phenomenon that scientists currently know of can explain the behaviour.".
Then there are some puzzling bursts of radio light lasting milliseconds. Almost two dozen have been observed so far but their source isn't known. The news is that a local on-earth source has been ruled out. One has been localized to a single galaxy.
Earth's oxygen is raining down on the moon! About 90 metric tons of earth's oxygen whisks daily out into the tear-dropped magnetosphere around the earth. For about five days a month, the moon is positioned downstream of that magnetosphere and shielded from the sun's harsh bombardments. Some of earth's oxygen in the magnetosphere escapes downstream. About 26,000 oxygen ions per second per square centimeter are landing on the moon during that time. This also explains why some oxygen isotopes were found on lunar samples that would have been appropriate as exhaust material from plant life on earth. This doesn't add up to a fuel supply for lunar explorers but is still a WOW moment.
Amateur astronomers joined a crowd-sourced project and found four candidates for Planet Nine. Sixty thousand people took part after being given access to the raw data. They analyzed five million objects to come up with the four candidates. The largest distant objects like Pluto are somewhat clumped which implies some other object much further out and about the size of Uranus and perhaps in a non-standard orbital plane has been interacting with them. "We have achieved four years of scientific analysis in under three days".
Related, some Australian amateurs found four new exoplanets, after analyzing data made public.
The first serious space tourists are lined up to go. Elon Musk has sold two SpaceX tickets to go round the moon once in 2018. Stephen Hawking has accepted a free ticket on Virgin Galactic's ship to the moon, a few years in the future. Blue Origin is offering rides to the edge of space and back for 2018 for about $200,000.