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Second Planetary System Like Ours Discovered

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second planetary system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found.

New Tool Could Help Spot Alien Life

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth’s atmosphere is heavy and keeps water from flying off into space. So astronomers looking for alien worlds that can harbor life have also been looking for heavy atmospheres.

Hubble captures most comprehensive picture of the Universe

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving universe.

Traces of another world found on the Moon

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2014 02:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon.

Earth-Moon Smashup Happened Earlier Than Thought

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth's moon sprung to life much sooner than scientists thought, new research suggests.

There should be at least two larger than Earth size planets beyond Pluto

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Two supersized planets could lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Athena: Europe plans huge X-ray space telescope

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe has initiated the process that should lead to the biggest X-ray space telescope ever built.

Giant space telescope could detect hints ot life on exoplanets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jul, 2014 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The telescope would be capable of analyzing the light from planets the size of the Earth in orbit around other nearby stars.

Astronomy: Planets in chaos

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form.

Determining the age of stars with sound waves

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the long-standing difficulties in astrophysics has been a way to accurately determine the age of a star.

Mysterious Radio Burst Detected From Deep Space

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2014 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists Have 'No Handle on What They Are'

Moon mystery: Why our Earth's satellite is lemon-shaped

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2014 02:35 AM
by AlexMuller
The early Moon was closer to Earth than today, so its shape may have been changed by the tides.

The core of the moon is hot

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2014 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
An international research team has found an extremely soft layer inside the Moon where heat is generated by the gravity of the Earth.

Black Holes? I’ll Take a Medium, Please

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2014 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists may have identified an intermediate-sized black hole for the very first time.

Hints of elusive early stars found in our galaxy

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

The Plan to Make the Moon an Enormous Detector of Cosmic Rays

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Where do these ultrahigh energy cosmic rays come from? Astronomers have a plan to find out, using the moon and a massive new radio telescope array.

Earth's new address:

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Analysis of galaxies shows local supercluster to be 100 times larger than previously thought.

NASA: Asteroid 2014 RC to safely fly past Earth

Posted in Science on 7th Sep, 2014 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The asteroid will be about one-tenth of the distance from Earth to the moon.

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.

What Is the Universe? Mind Bending Answers From Physics

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 07:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Science says the universe could be a hologram, a computer program, a black hole or a bubble; and there are ways to check.

University of Sheffield show first pictures from 3D printed telescope

Posted in Hardware on 20th Sep, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The telescope was made using a 3D printer, and has a magnification of 160 times, allowing detailed views of the moon's surface.

When dark matter collides

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are closer to seeing a vast, invisible universe.

Cosmic inflation: BICEP 'underestimated' dust problem

Posted in Science on 22nd Sep, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back.

Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is buried just below the surface.

How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2014 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built.

How to Measure Distance in Space

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Looking up to the stars, it can sometimes feel like everything sits on a single, two-dimensional sheet held up above us. How do we know it doesn't?

Volcanoes Erupted On The Moon Within The Past 100 Million Years

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2014 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
On the cosmic timeline, that’s basically yesterday.

Late Bloomer Galaxies Help Us Understand Star Formation

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study details why some galaxies appear to produce stars at a much slower rate compared to others.

What does the next generation telescope need to detect life?

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost 2,000 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date. Yet, we still know little about these alien worlds, especially their atmospheres.

Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
This is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called “ice giant” planets, Uranus and Neptune.

Gaia space observatory could discover 70,000 new Jupiters

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System.

Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2014 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Stellar explosions called gamma ray bursts emit beams of radiation that could render 90% of galaxies barren of complex life.

Earth's Early Atmosphere Obliterated by Space Rocks

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have long wondered the cause behind such dramatic atmospheric losses, and now a team from MIT may have found the answer.

Your Run-of-the-Mill Digital Camera Can Now Detect Alien Planets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Dec, 2014 08:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Modern tech, it would seem, is taking homebrew astronomy to new heights.

'Alien Earth' is among eight new far-off planets

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
One of eight new planets spied in distant solar systems has usurped the title of 'most Earth-like alien world', astronomers have said.

Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000

Posted in Science on 11th Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Kepler space telescope's count of exoplanets has passed the magic 1,000 mark, including eight new "habitable" planets and 544 candidate planets.

Billions of Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 02:05 AM
by PlanetTech
A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.

Mysterious cosmic burst of radio waves detected

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The burst could have hurled out as much energy in a few milliseconds as the Sun does in an entire day.

Aragoscope is space telescope system that could achieve 1000 times higher resolution than Hubble

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 08:08 PM
by AlexMuller
A new space telescope concept could allow scientists to image space objects like black hole event horizons and plasma swaps between stars

Could we travel to other parts of our galaxy via a giant wormhole?

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2015 03:53 PM
by AlexMuller
There could be a space-time tunnel (wormhole) in our galaxy that would allow us to travel to a distant location.

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 01:34 AM
by AlexMuller
At 11.2 billion years old, it proves that such planets have formed throughout the history of the Universe.

Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
It is the announcement no one wanted to hear: The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished.

Planck telescope puts new datestamp on first stars

Posted in Hardware on 5th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The first stars in the Universe lit up later than was previously thought.

Mysterious haze in Mars' atmosphere baffles scientists

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2015 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A mysterious haze high above Mars has left scientists scratching their heads.

An alien star system buzzed past the Sun 70,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have announced. No other star is known to have approached this close to us.

Looking deeply into the universe in 3D

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever 3D view of the deep universe.

Data can be analysed to determine the composition of clouds on exoplanets

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2015 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Data from Kepler space observatory can be used to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets.

Galactic 'rain' could be the key to new star formation

Posted in Science on 7th Mar, 2015 07:41 PM
by AlexMuller
When conditions are right, these cooling gas clouds help make stars.

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence extends to near-infrared optical signals

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2015 08:53 AM
by AlexMuller
New instrument will scan the sky for coded pulses of infrared light.

Star's birth glimpsed 'in real time'

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have witnessed a key stage in the birth of a very heavy star, using two radio telescope views of the process taken 18 years apart.

Water: There's so much of it in our solar system and beyond, says NASA

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Hunting for habitable worlds would mean looking for where there is water. However, the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years."

Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon's origin

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2015 03:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The Moon may have been formed by a collision between Earth and an object that was strikingly similar in composition to our own planet.

Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Hints that prebiotic organic chemistry is universal.

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2015 07:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark matter makes up 27% of the known Universe. For the first time, it may have been caught interacting with other dark matter in a cluster 1.4 billion light-years away.

Most powerful space telescope ever to launch in 2018

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:42 PM
by AlexMuller
As the Hubble Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA is building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before.

NASA assembles unprecedented scientific team to find out if we are all alone

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA wants to find life outside the solar system and are launching an interdisciplinary effort to search for extraterrestrial life.

The search for more Earth-like planets ramps up

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A new collaboration aims to bring separate telescopes together into a family, united by the single goal of seeking habitable worlds.

Pluto may have ice cap at pole

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2015 09:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto may have a polar ice cap. This is the prospect revealed in the latest images to come down from the New Horizons spacecraft.

Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth.

Powerful new radio telescope array monitors the entire sky 24/7 in real time

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A new telescope array can image the entire sky, helping astronomers to search for objects that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode.

Dawn Spacecraft Images Reveal 'Ice Rinks' on Ceres

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2015 09:17 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has glimpsed mysterious, highly reflective bright spots dotting the surface of Ceres. No one yet knows what exactly they are or how they got there.

How Planet Hunters are Going to Find the Next Earth With Space Telescopes

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2015 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Twenty years ago, discovering another Earth sounded like a science fictional dream. But astronomers now believe we might do just that.

Advanced Ligo gravitational wave hunt is green lit

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the great physics experiments of our age looks ready to begin its quest: A pair of widely separated laboratories will be hunting for gravitational waves.

Student proves existence of plasma tubes floating above Earth

Posted in Science on 2nd Jun, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the skies above Earth.

All systems go for construction of world's largest optical telescope

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jun, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
When fully operational, the Giant Magellan Telescope will look further into space and farther back in time than any telescope ever made.

Chaotic orbital interactions keep flipping Pluto's moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Inhabitants of two of Pluto’s moons, Nix or Hydra, would not know when each day would begin and from which direction the Sun would rise.

Astronomers spot first-generation stars, made from the big bang

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Made of essentially only hydrogen and helium, these population III stars are predicted to be enormous in size and to live fast and die young.

Dust Cloud Helps to Explain a 50-Year Moon Mystery

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Viewed before sunrise, part of the Moon's horizon seems to glow. But because the moon has barely any atmosphere, there's seemingly nothing that could be doing the glowing.

Even 11+ Billion-Year-Old Stars Have Earth-Like Planets

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A clear indication that such planets have formed in the Milky Way long before the Earth.

Now that we have explored our solar system, what is the next frontier?

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past 50 years, American spacecraft have visited every major component of our solar system.

'Earth 2.0' found in NASAs latest Kepler telescope haul

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Kepler-452b orbits at a similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.

Australia's role in the search for life in space

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
An Australian radio telescope in operation for more than 50 years will be one of the primary instruments used in a new $100m search for life elsewhere in space.

Alien Auroras Found, 1 Million Times Brighter Than Any On Earth

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Auroras, the displays of colors in the sky known on Earth as northern or southern lights, are also seen on all of the other planets with magnetic fields in the solar system.

NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Planets like this, known as super-Earths, are ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.

New study tracks the death of our Universe

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2015 09:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study has measured 200,000 galaxies in an effort to chart the rate at which our Universe is outputting energy, and effectively dying.

There are probably 1 to 10 billion earthlike planets in the Milky Way

Posted in Science on 31st Aug, 2015 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers combine constraints on galaxy formation with planet formation models, yielding the Earth-like and giant planet formation histories of the Milky Way and the Universe.

Earth observations show how nitrogen may be detected on exoplanets, aiding search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring nitrogen in the atmosphere of an exoplanet can be crucial to determining if it might be habitable.

Moon’s crust as fractured as can be from a barrage of small asteroids

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe that 4 billion years ago the moon took a severe beating, as an army of asteroids pelted it. Such impacts opened up a network of large seams beneath the surface.

Five Missions That Will Help Stop an Asteroid Hitting Earth

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2015 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Millions of rocky objects have orbits that bring them near Earth, but we have only found about 13,000 of them.

The Kepler space telescope has detected something very weird near the edge of our galaxy

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2015 06:19 AM
by AlexMuller
The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure.

Pluto's striking surface variations and unique moon rotations

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Pluto isn't alone in having water ice on its surface, measurements indicate that Nix and Hydra, two of Pluto's five moons, are also covered with water ice.

A surprise asteroid will give Earth a safe halloween flyby

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The asteroid was discovered less than two weeks ago using the Pan-STARRS array in Hawaii and is the largest object to so closely approach our planet in recent times.

Search For Intelligent Aliens Near Bizarre Dimming Star Has Begun

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
The search for signs of life in a mysterious star system hypothesized to potentially harbor an "alien megastructure" is now underway.

Most Earth-like worlds have yet to be born, says new NASA study

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 08:42 PM
by AlexMuller
There should already be 1 billion Earth-sized worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. That estimate skyrockets when you include the other 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

Study suggests an even distribution of elements in the universe

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 01:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The chemical composition of the Universe is well mixed, and that the mechanisms that determined the composition of our galaxy are in effect throughout the universe.

Simulation models universe from near birth until today

Posted in Software on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:14 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, has modeled the evolution of the universe from just 50 million years after the Big Bang to the present day.

'Most distant' Solar System object spied

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2015 07:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Observations with Japan's Subaru telescope reveal an object to be some 15.5 billion km from the Sun, about three times further away than even far-flung Pluto.

Scientists stunned as New Horizons' photos show Pluto's surface as still geologically active

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2015 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The lack of craters on the 'heart' area called Sputnik Planum remain one of the most compelling discoveries about Pluto.

A new study challenges assumptions about the origins of Earth's water

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2015 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
If the new hypothesis is correct, it could mean better prospects of finding other rock-and-ocean worlds throughout the galaxy.

Oxygen, Methane, and Water Ice on Comet 67P Have Learnings for Early Earth Life

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Molecular O2 is an important bio-signature, along with the presence of water and methane, both of which are present on the comet.

Falling Phobos will eventually put a ring around Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Eventually, in 20 to 40 million years, the dust-coated pile of rubble could completely fall apart from all the stress.

Space telescopes launching in 2017 and 2018 will mean a lot more exoplanet discoveries

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 04:43 AM
by AlexMuller
New space telescopes will be put up over the next few years to search for more planets outside our solar system and analyze their atmospheres.

Scientist says huge clumps of dark matter may lie just beyond the Moon

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2015 05:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The physicist predicts densities of up to 1 billion times greater than normal.

Lisa Pathfinder launches to test space 'ripples' technology

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite will test the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves, the warping of space-time produced by cataclysmic events in the cosmos.

Advance in astronomy 'can help find other worlds'

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
"Our technique can tell you how big and bright is the star, and if a planet around it is the right size and temperature to have water oceans, and maybe life"

Have Scientists Detected Gravitational Waves for the First Time?

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2016 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Rumors are swirling that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has observed gravitational waves predicted over 100 years ago.

Case made for the existence of a 'ninth planet'

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 01:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The planet would have 10 times the mass of Earth. Astronomers have an idea where it ought to be in the sky, and we might expect a campaign to try to track it down.

James Webb: Hubble successor maintains course

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is reaching some key milestones in its preparation for launch in 2018.

Moon formed by a head-on collision between Earth and young planet

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed.

DIAS teams up with Japan for space telescope mission

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 01:39 AM
by AlexMuller
The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) has teamed up with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) to launch a new powerful space telescope into orbit.

Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Detected For The First Time

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2016 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Gravitational waves are created when masses accelerate. The gravitational wave signal detected matches the exact signal expected from two merging black holes.

Ice on comet is as old as the solar system

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2016 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers announced that they had discovered that the ice on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed at the same time as the solar system itself.

New gravity map gives us our best view yet of the inside of Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.

The moon used to spin 'on different axis'

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A likely explanation for this shift, which the researchers suggest took place over several billion years, is volcanic activity in a region called the Procellarum.

Probe finds massive icy mountain on Saturn's moon Titan

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified the tallest peak on Saturn's moon Titan, a mountain that stands 10,948 ft tall. For comparison, Everest stands over 29,000 ft above sea level.

We Finally Know What's Causing Enormous Mounds on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have puzzled over the miles-high mounds rising from of the centres of Martian craters.

Earth barraged by supernovae millions of years ago, debris found on the Moon

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
An explosion close enough to have lethal effects on Earth is expected to happen 1.5 times every billion years.

Astronomers find planets stripped bare by their host stars' radiation

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2016 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of planets that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars.

Astronomers Found Evidence for Exoplanets 100 Years Ago But Didn’t Know It

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory’s collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star.

The Universe is expanding faster than physics can explain

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2016 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has been achieved by physicists, and there’s a problem:

Fermi telescope to find gravitational wave sources

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2016 11:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are interested in observing and characterizing these waves to learn more about the sources producing them and about gravity itself.

3 newly discovered exoplanets prime candidates in search for life elsewhere

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The worlds are potentially habitable given their sizes and temperatures, and may be the best candidates yet in the search for life.

Boiling water may be the cause of the Martian streaks, a study says

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The results of lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water, though in an otherworldly manner, scientists said.

NASA Discovers Strange Hazy Layers On Pluto That 'We've Never Seen Before'

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's New Horizons probe has captured the said layers that looked like water ripples.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by NASA May Have Found Evidence of Volcanic Eruptions

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the help of mineral-mapping, scientists found evidences that there were volcanic activities on Mars billions of years ago.

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2016 06:16 PM
by AlexMuller
"Atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere is notoriously difficult to measure"

Evidence of ancient tsunamis on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Such events could only have occurred more than three billion years ago when the planet was wetter and warmer.

Red dwarf exoplanets not as habitable as once believed

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2016 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Computer models suggest that these planets are likely rendered uninhabitable by their super-dense atmospheres.

Mars Used To Look More White Than Red

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2016 02:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The first concrete evidence that Mars has just exited an extreme ice age, one so intense it would have put Earth's recent frosty foray to shame.

Aging Stars Can Make New Habitable Zones For Planets

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2016 01:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists searching for life in the universe now have a new target: the once-icy worlds orbiting red giants.

Mysterious Heavy Ion Beams Above Mars Explained

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's latest mission to Mars has uncovered the origins of fast-moving streams of particles high above the planet, flowing against the solar wind.

Planet 9 could have once been an exoplanet, stolen by our sun

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Astronomers often find exoplanets hundreds of light years away in other solar systems, but there is probably one hiding in our own backyard'

Hubble Telescope clocks a faster rate of cosmic expansion

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2016 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The Universe may be expanding up to 9% faster than previously thought.

Pluto's Interactions with the Solar Wind Are Unique

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2016 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto's atmosphere interacts with the solar wind in a never-before-seen hybrid way, one that's both comet-like and planet-like.

There could be at least 2 more planets in our Solar System

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 03:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, that suggest that the hypothetical extra planet might not be alone.

Pluto could have liquid sub-surface ocean

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons it revealed that the dwarf planet might have a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a new analysis such an ocean likely still exists today.

NASA's Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, Discovers Unexpected Mineral on Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
A finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus's icy surface

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Strong heat production in Enceladus's deep interior may power the hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

NASA approves five more years for Hubble Space Telescope

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2016 01:03 PM
by AlexMuller
It will still be on the job when its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in 2018, giving astronomers a dual view of the universe.

MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice at Mercury's Poles

Posted in Science on 27th Jun, 2016 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
New observations provide compelling support for the hypothesis that Mercury harbors water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.

Red Planet Impact: Huge Moons May Have Crashed Into Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, may be the only survivors of a giant impact that created many short-lived, but now-absent moons.

The Water on Mars May Not Be Drinkable

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2016 04:15 PM
by AlexMuller
If the water is coming from underground, it must be held in very deep aquifers, which would make the water far too salty to desalinate.

Dawn maps Ceres craters where ice can accumulate

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2016 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres where ice deposits could exist now.

There's a New Dwarf Planet Far Beyond Pluto's Orbit

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2016 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
It takes 700 years to make a complete orbit, making it one of the most remote known objects in the entire solar system of significant size.

Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater

Posted in Science on 22nd Jul, 2016 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the Moon's biggest craters was created by an asteroid more than 250km (150 miles) across, a study suggests.

Deep Trenches on Mars Aren't What We Thought They Were

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2016 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A long-standing theory suggesting that trenches were left long ago by flowing rivers was just debunked.

Icy Dwarf Planet Ceres May Have a Warm Heart

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 01:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Shedding light on the structure of Ceres might, in turn, yield insight into how it and other asteroids and dwarf planets evolved over time.

Ocean sediment sample holds iron believed to be from a supernova

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2016 07:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Sediment layers may contain a type of iron that came from space millions of years ago, iron-60, which prior research has shown is spewed into space when supergiant stars explode.

Earth-like planets around proxima centauri discovered- could support life?

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2016 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
4000+ exoplanet candidates have been discovered by the Kepler mission. Proxima is the nearest star to the sun.

Proposed space telescope for quality viewing of earth sized exoplanets out to 45 light years

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2016 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The High Definition Space Telescope would be five times as big and 100 times as sensitive as Hubble.

A Nearby Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
GJ 1132b, an extrasolar planet about 1.2 times the size and 1.6 times the mass of the Earth, intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year.

New evidence shows the moon formed from melted bits of earth

Posted in Science on 13th Sep, 2016 10:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Around 4.5 billion years ago, when the solar system was still in its infancy, a Mars-sized planet collided with the proto-Earth and blasted our baby planet to smithereens.

Research shows the universe is expanding uniformly

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2016 04:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The universe is expanding uniformly according to research led by UCL which reports that space isn't stretching in a preferred direction or spinning.

Plumes on Europa Might Confirm Suspicions of Water Beneath Its Icy Crust

Posted in Science on 30th Sep, 2016 04:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Several missions are scheduled to investigate these findings.

Liquid water in the rest of the solar system is about 50 times Earth's volume of water

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2016 04:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The locations of some subsurface oceans are on Europa, Enceladus, Ganymede, Titan, the asteroid Ceres, Callisto, Dione and Pluto.

Most stars and planets are outside systems and galaxies

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2016 03:08 AM
by AlexMuller
As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies.

WFIRST space telescope will use Gravitational microlensing to survey exoplanets

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2016 03:22 AM
by AlexMuller
This will lead to a statistical census of exoplanets with masses greater than a tenth of the Earth's mass.

Face of the moon changes every 81,000 years

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete facelift every 81,000 years.

The Observable Universe has 2 trillion galaxies which is 10x more than previous estimates

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2016 02:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The remaining 90% will be only seen once bigger and better telescopes are developed.

The Daring Plan to Find the Next Earth Within a Decade

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2016 12:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Project Blue, an ambitious effort to discover Earth-like worlds around Alpha Centauri A or B, by building a small, space-based telescope capable of photographing them.

Scientists Just Launched a Breakthrough Initiative to Find Intelligent Alien Life

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2016 10:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The FAST observatory will seek out extraterrestrial life with the world's largest radio telescopes.

The crash that created our moon was crazier than we thought

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2016 01:18 PM
by AlexMuller
New research potentially rewrites our modern ideas on the moon's origins.

How to see biggest supermoon in almost 70 years

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2016 12:42 PM
by AlexMuller
On 13/14 November, the moon will be very big and bright.

Pluto 'has slushy ocean' below surface

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2016 02:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto may harbour a slushy water ocean beneath its most prominent surface feature, known as the "heart".

This Earth-size virtual telescope could take the first picture of a black hole

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2017 10:24 AM
by Alex Muller
Scientists just switched on the Event Horizon Telescope.

Mars was probably habitable for longer than we thought

Posted in Science on 2nd Jun, 2017 03:01 PM
by Alex Muller
It was warm and wet right around the time life got its start on Earth.

Likely Mars sized planet at two times the distance to Neptune

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2017 12:40 PM
by Alex Muller
An unknown, unseen 'planetary mass object' may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Telescope design promises to revolutionize amateur astronomy

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jul, 2017 05:27 PM
by Alex Muller
A telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge science.

The Moon Is Seriously Loaded With Water, More Than We Ever Expected

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2017 03:47 PM
by Alex Muller
There's way more water locked inside the Moon than we previously thought, according to a new analysis of satellite data.

Signal may be from first 'exomoon'

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2017 04:10 PM
by Alex Muller
A team of astronomers has potentially discovered the first known moon beyond the Solar System.

Oct 12, 2017 Close Asteroid Flyby Will Test NASA Asteroid Tracking

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2017 05:29 PM
by Alex Muller
An opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA’s network of observatories and scientists who work with planetary defence.

Astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet 16 light years away

Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2017 06:41 PM
by Alex Muller
The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets residing between the two currently known alien worlds in this system.

Are we alone? if we are typical, then probably yes

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2017 06:07 AM
by Alex Muller
If Earth is typical, then it isn't possible for any other technological civilizations to exist at the same time as us.

Scientists find evidence of water on TRAPPIST-1 planets

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2017 07:33 AM
by Alex Muller
The TRAPPIST-1 system lies around 40 light years away and consists of seven planets in tight orbit around their parent star.

Astronomers consult the underworld to name Pluto's first features

Posted in Science on 8th Sep, 2017 05:28 PM
by Alex Muller
In July 2015, the New Horizons probe zipped past Pluto, and images and information gathered are still being processed and studied.

NASA finds buried water ice at Mars equator by Double checking old data

Posted in Science on 3rd Oct, 2017 09:39 AM
by Alex Muller
Scientists taking a new look at old data from NASA’s Mars orbiter have discovered evidence of water ice near the equator.

NASA study shows Moon once had an atmosphere

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2017 01:43 PM
by Alex Muller
An atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, when volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to space.

Japan Just Discovered the Perfect Spot to Build a Moonbase

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2017 02:03 AM
by Alex Muller
It’s only now that analysis of the radar data has revealed just how big this cave is.

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