Astronomy
How big can a planet get?  LIVE SCIENCE · 37 minutes
Why isn't there an endless variety of planets in the universe? An astrophysicist explains why planets only come in two flavors. more
Earth’s Oldest Known Meteorite Impact Structure Identified  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 hour
The 70 km- (43.5-mile) diameter Yarrabubba impact structure in Western Australia is approximately 2.23 billion years old, according to new research led... more
Mapping the path of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Since 1880, the Earth's temperature has risen by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is predicted to continue rising, according to the NASA Global Climate Change website. Scientists are actively seeking to understand this change and its effect... more
Canberra astronomer becomes first Australian to win major US science award in 133 years  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Lisa Kewley has transformed our understanding of the early years of the Universe, the development of galaxies, and what happens... more
Earth's oldest asteroid strike linked to 'big thaw'  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
Scientists have discovered Earth's oldest asteroid strike occurred at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia, and coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth. The research used... more
Earth's oldest known meteor crash site found in Australian Outback  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 hours
The world's oldest known impact crater has been in Western Australia for more than 2.2 billion years, a new study suggests. more
Astronomers find a way to form 'fast and furious' planets around tiny stars  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
New astronomy research from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) suggests giant planets could form around small stars much faster than previously... more
Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station  ESA · 5 hours
Press Release N° 28–2020 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. He will... more
The riddle of the heavenly bursts  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
This cosmic lightning storm is happening all around us. Somewhere in the earthly sky, there is a pulse that flashes and extinguishes in the next moment. These bursts, which must be measured with radio telescopes and... more
First two nature-based water retention measures are operational in Hungary  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Increasingly extreme temperature, hydrology, or other meteorological phenomena are some of the most widely predicted impacts of climate change. This applies to Hungary as well, where rainfall is... more
New report unveils key insights into business models that put people and planet first  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
A University of York academic has co-authored a major report which advocates creating business models that are focused on benefiting... more
NASA sounding rocket observing nitric oxide in polar night  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth's atmosphere. more
Mathematician simplifies methods for solving equations of magnetic hydrodynamics  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
A mathematician from RUDN University has found a new criterion for the regularity of generalized solutions of the equations of magnetic hydrodynamics for an incompressible fluid in three-dimensional space. The... more
Microbial wipe down  ESA · 7 hours
Image: Sometimes doing science is as simple as wiping up. NASA astronaut Jack Fisher is seen here using a wet wipe on the surfaces of the European Cupola module of... more
Astronomers Map Surroundings of Supermassive Black Hole  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 hours
As material spirals towards a black hole, it is heated up and emits X-rays that, in turn, echo and reverberate as they... more
Shape the future of European biology research in space  ESA · 9 hours
What biology research would you conduct on the International Space Station? As the world celebrates 20 years of... more
Solar Orbiter Earth flyby  ESA · 12 hours
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth.Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course... more
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 13 hours
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 13 hours
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 13 hours
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 13 hours
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 13 hours
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
New insight on global food production and ways to adopt sustainable food system  NEWS MEDICAL · 16 hours
"When looking at the status of planet Earth and the influence of current global agriculture practices upon it, there's a lot of... more
Capella unveils radar satellite design  SPACE NEWS · 16 hours
Capella Space unveiled the new design Jan. 21 for its Whitney constellation of seven synthetic aperture radar satellites scheduled to launch in 2020. SpaceNews.com more
Space Development Agency to start building its first constellation of surveillance satellites  SPACE NEWS · 22 hours
The agency issued a broad area announcement on “National Defense Space Architecture Systems, Technologies and Emerging Capabilities.” SpaceNews.com more
Wandering Massive Black Holes Detected in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 22 hours
Astronomers using NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have observed... more
Self-destructing dark matter may be flooding the sky with gamma-rays, study suggests  LIVE SCIENCE · 24 hours
There's a faint gamma-ray background in the universe, and scientists now think it could be caused by dark matter. more
Cataclysmic bashing from giant planets occurred early in our Solar System's history  Science Magazine · 1 day
Models and observations suggest that an earlier date for the upheaval can explain puzzles including a puny Mars more
An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish.  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
A massive meteorite impact and extreme volcanic activity occurred around the same time that Earth's large dinosaurs went extinct. But, did the volcanic activity... more
Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A study now suggests a comprehensive solution package for feeding 10 billion people within our planet's environmental boundaries. Supplying a sufficient and healthy diet for every person whilst keeping our... more
Astrophysicists find massive black holes wandering around dwarf galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A new search led by Montana State University has revealed more than a dozen massive black holes in dwarf galaxies that were previously considered too small to host them, and... more
2.229 billion years: Scientists date world's oldest meteor crater  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A crater in western Australia was formed by a meteor strike more than 2.2 billion years ago and is the world's oldest known impact site, new research published Wednesday shows. more
Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around... more
The salt of the comet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of comets: the building block for life predominantly occurs in the form of ammonium salts, the occurrence of which... more
Warming up for the sun  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun  ESA · 1 day
Press Release N° 27–2020 ESA’s new Sun explorer will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 6 February. Media are invited to Europe’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany,... more
Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Almost half of current food production is harmful to our planet—causing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and water stress. But as world population continues to grow, can that last? more
London just broke a 300-year-old weather record—but you probably didn't even notice it  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In the early hours of Monday January 20 2020, something unusual was happening in the atmosphere above the southern British Isles. Just... more
A new strategy for directly detecting light particle dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
For almost a century, astronomers have hypothesized that the universe contains more matter than what can be observed by the human eye. It is now believed that approximately... more
Astronomers perform a comprehensive study of young open cluster NGC 1960  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Indian astronomers have conducted a comprehensive photometric, kinematic and variability study of a young open cluster known as NGC 1960. Results of the research shed more... more
China's 500-meter FAST radio telescope is now operational  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope is officially open for business, according to Xinhua, China's official state-run media. The FAST Radio Telescope saw fist light in 2016, but has been... more
GlobalData: Organuary could be better for the environment than Veganuary  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
A survey by GlobalData has found that 25% of global consumers would consider eating ‘vegan meat’ for environmental reasons, indicating that a growing number of people believe plant-based... more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA's galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of... more
Warming up for the Sun  ESA · 1 day
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the Sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Deep Antarctic drilling will reveal climate secrets trapped in 1.5 million-year-old ice  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
An ambitious mission to drill into the Antarctic ice sheet to extract some of the oldest ice on the planet will provide vital clues... more
Flight through the comet Chury's dust cloud resolves chemical mystery  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Under the leadership of astrophysicist Kathrin Altwegg, Bernese researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of... more
Astronomers use 'cosmic echolocation' to map black hole surroundings  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space—and now astronomers have used the echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behavior and surroundings of a black... more
Identity-Switching Neutrinos Could Reveal Why We Exist At All. But Can We Find Them?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Scientists are searching for a ghostly neutrino particle that acts as its own antiparticle. If they find it, the discovery... more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  ESA · 1 day
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA’s galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights... more
NASA Taps Snowstorm-Chasing Team To Improve Forecasting  NPR · 2 days
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Lynn McMurdie, a University of Washington professor and principal investigator for IMPACTS, NASA's new project to more accurately predict snowstorms. more
VLT Sees Newborn Stars in Emission Nebula Gum 26  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning image snapped by the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion... more
Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. more
New research provides evidence of strong early magnetic field around Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Deep within Earth, swirling liquid iron generates our planet's protective magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is vital for life on Earth's surface: it... more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 2 days
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating... more
The dynamic behaviour of a black hole corona  ESA · 2 days
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
How bitter cold winter blasts and a warming planet will chew up the Lake Michigan shoreline  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On a tucked-away South Shore beach, there once were cool shallows to swim and buried shells... more
U.S., China set for spring Civil Space Dialogue on exploration, science  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
HELSINKI — U.S. and Chinese officials are working towards meeting for a bilateral Civil... more
Spacewalking astronauts wrapping up battery improvements  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A pair of spacewalking astronauts tackled one last round of battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday. more
BSNIP project releases spectra of more than 200 Type Ia supernovae  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Berkeley Supernova Ia Program (BSNIP) has released a dataset containing over 600 spectra of 242 Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). The new data release, available... more
Heat wave signals the growth of a stellar embryo  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An international research team with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) participating has detected a propagating heat wave near a massive protostar. It confirms the scenario that such objects... more
First results from the Dark Energy Survey  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) program uses the patterns of cosmic structure as seen in the spatial distribution of hundreds of millions of galaxies to reveal the nature of "dark energy," the source of... more
A brain transplant for one of Australia's top telescopes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One of Australia's top telescopes will receive an A$2.6 million upgrade to help extend its three-decade record of improving our understanding of the universe. more
Hubble Views Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 1022. NGC 1022 was discovered by the German-born British astronomer William... more
No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch... more
SpaceX in 'perfect' test of Crew Dragon emergency abort system  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
SpaceX successfully tested its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft moments after launch Sunday, according to a live broadcast of the event, the last major test before... more
NASA considering extended Crew Dragon test flight to ISS  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA will decide in the coming weeks whether to extend a crewed SpaceX test flight to the International... more
SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission  REUTERS · 3 days
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a... more
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. more
SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test  REUTERS · 3 days
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a... more
SpaceX performs in-flight abort test of Crew Dragon spacecraft  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
SpaceX successfully tested the abort system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, one of the final milestones before the... more
SpaceX capsule splashes down after rocket failure test  REUTERS · 3 days
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a key abort system on an unmanned astronaut... more
Stars Need a Partner to Spin Universe’s Brightest Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have... more
TESS Dates an Ancient Collision with Our Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an... more
Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day. more
SpaceX to test Crew Dragon launch abort system  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA and SpaceX are ready to perform a test of the launch abort system of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft... more
Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Traditional methods of vacuum suction and previous vacuum suction devices cannot maintain suction on rough surfaces due to vacuum leakage, which leads to suction failure. Researchers have developed a zero-pressure difference method to enhance the development of vacuum... more
NASA water vapor imagery shows Tino's heavy rain potential over Fiji  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean it gathered water vapor data that provided information about the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Tino. more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Specially designed vacuum suction units allow humans to climb walls. Scientists have developed a suction unit that can be used on rough surfaces, no matter how textured, and that has applications in the development of climbing robots and... more
Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity  nanowerk · 5 days
Scientists have developed a suction unit that can be used on rough surfaces, no matter how textured, and that has applications in the development of climbing robots and robotic arms with grasping capabilities. more
New astronomical instrument on the hunt for exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
At the highest point of the Quinlan mountains, overlooking the Sonoran Desert as it stretches across southern Arizona, NEID (pronounced like "fluid") recently collected its first observations, known colloquially by astronomers as... more
An evolving understanding of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Few things related to science capture the imagination more than the magic of worlds past. This includes the origins of life, dinosaurs, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, and the evolution of our species. Understanding the evolution of life is... more
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