All space, all the time – more news from beyond the gravity well

As if yesterday’s selection wasn’t enough, here’s even more space-related stuff to read – maybe the 30th anniversary of Star Wars has put everyone in the mood …


UK astrophysicists have discovered that the Sun broadcasts information about its chaotic weather cycles as fractal patterns imprinted in the solar wind.


The HiRISE orbiter has observed what appear to be immensely deep holes in the crust of Mars, which offer the best odds for harbouring life anywhere on the planet by staying at a relatively stable temperature and shielding occupants from radiation.


And, for the existentialists among you, George Dvorsky has a round-up of past and current theories on how our universe could die. Don’t worry too much, though – it’ll be trillions of years before it happens.