Ultra-thin sail could speed journey to other star systems

A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known – one carbon-atom-thick graphene – has passed initial tests designed to show that it could...

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to Chilly Ancient Mars Buried in...

By studying the chemical elements on Mars today — including carbon and oxygen — scientists can work backwards to piece together the history of...

New Study Estimates the Odds of Life and Intelligence Emerging Beyond...

Humans have been wondering whether we are alone in the universe since antiquity. We know from the geological record that life started relatively quickly, as...

First Independent Confirmation of PDS 70 Protoplanets

New evidence shows the first-ever pictures capturing the birth of a pair of planets orbiting the star PDS 70 are in fact authentic. Using a...

New fermi catalog adds 2000 gamma-ray sources

The Fermi-LAT collaboration has published its fourth source catalog, named 4FGL. Based on eight years of data, it contains 5064 celestial objects emitting gamma...

Studies predict 100 more undiscovered galaxies are out there orbiting the...

We live in a big-city galaxy. The Milky Way is so big it has satellite galaxies that orbit it, just as the Moon orbits...

New model explains the Origin of Fermi Bubbles and Galactic Center...

A pair of gigantic gamma-ray bubbles centered on the core of the Milky Way galaxy were discovered by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope 10...

Mergers between black holes and neutron stars in dense star clusters

Mergers between black holes and neutron stars in dense star clusters are quite unlike those that form in isolated regions where stars are few....

Magnetic north and the elongating blob

For some years now, scientists have been puzzling over why the north magnetic pole has been making a dash towards Siberia. Thanks, in part,...

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

Like crystal balls for the universe’s deeper mysteries, galaxies and other massive space objects can serve as lenses to more distant objects and phenomena...

Astrophysicists have come close to solving the mystery of where high-energy...

Russian astrophysicists have come close to solving the mystery of where high-energy neutrinos come from in space. The team compared the data on the...

Tiny NASA Satellite Captures First Image of Clouds and Aerosols

The Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) CubeSat achieved “first light” on April 16. The tiny satellite sent back its very first image over Europe with...

Laser-powered rover to explore Moon’s dark shadows

A laser light shone through the dark could power robotic exploration of the most tantalising locations in our Solar System: the permanently-shadowed craters around...

Astronomers found new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy

Astronomers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have found an incredibly rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy. The planet is one...

NASA’s TESS Enables Breakthrough Study of Perplexing Stellar Pulsations

Astronomers have detected elusive pulsation patterns in dozens of young, rapidly rotating stars thanks to data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The...

New simulations indicate europa ejects water from its subsurface ocean into...

During a fly-by of Jupiter’s moon Europa twenty years ago, NASA’s space probe Galileo may have witnessed a plume of water. A group of...

New Comet Discovered by ESA and NASA Solar Observatory

In late May and early June, Earthlings may be able to glimpse Comet SWAN. The comet is currently faintly visible to the unaided eye...

New data explains how Pluto’s haze is formed from the faint...

When the New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto in 2015, one of the many fascinating features its images revealed was that this small, frigid...

Powerful new AI technique detects and classifies objects in astronomical images

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a powerful new computer program called Morpheus that can analyze astronomical image data pixel by pixel to...

Scientists modeled the atmosphere of mars to understand habitability

A scientist at Southwestern Research Institute created an atmospheric model on Mars to determine that the saltwater bag on the Red Planet could not...

New insights into exploding massive stars and the next generation of...

In a study recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers Dr Jade Powell and Dr Bernhard Mueller from the...

Researchers discovered a multilayer haze system over Saturn’s hexagon

A rich variety of meteorological phenomena take place in the extensive hydrogen atmosphere of the planet Saturn, a world about ten times the size...

The MeerKAT telescope solves mystery of ‘X’-shaped radio galaxies

Many galaxies far more active than the Milky Way have enormous twin jets of radio waves extending far into intergalactic space. Normally these go...

Scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks

Let’s start at the beginning. Before humans, before Earth, before any of the planets existed, there were baby planets — planetesimals. Coalesced from dust...

Telescopes and Spacecraft Join Forces to Probe Deep into Jupiter’s Atmosphere

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in...

A new pathfinding CubeSat mission to gather vital space weather data

NASA has selected a new pathfinding CubeSat mission to gather data not collected since the agency flew the Dynamics Explorer in the early 1980s. The...

Research proposal for rendezvous missions with interstellar objects

In 2017, a telescope in Hawaii detected our first celestial visitor from another solar system — a big deal, since we haven’t quite figured...

Astronomers discovered a black hole lying just 1000 light-years from Earth

A team of astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other institutes has discovered a black hole lying just 1000 light-years from Earth....

The closest known brown dwarf Luhman 16A have atmosphere similar to...

A team of astronomers has discovered that the closest known brown dwarf, Luhman 16A, shows signs of cloud bands similar to those seen on...

The first time atomic layer deposition has been tried in space

Large telescopes that could be used for detecting and analyzing Earth-like planets in orbit around other stars or for peering back in time to...

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