THAT’S NO MOON The orbit of asteroid 2016 HO3 (yellow), discovered April 27, keeps it close to Earth; from our vantage point, it appears as though 2016 HO3 orbits Earth when it actually orbits the sun.
RUMOR HAS IT Scientists are anxious to learn whether the Large Hadron Collider experiments, ATLAS (shown) and CMS, have detected a new particle. Online rumors suggest hints of the particle are evaporating, but researchers say it’s too soon to tell.
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ORIGINS UNKOWN Tiny granules trapped inside meteorites (pictured in polarized light) are among the oldest solid objects in the solar system; researchers still debate how these chondrules formed.
New telescopes and spacecraft will soon help researchers scour our galaxy for signs of extraterrestrial life. But what might aliens look like? And if they do exist, why haven’t they returned our calls? These are just some of the questions addressed in the Science News special report “In Search of Aliens” (SN: 4/30/16, p. 24).