Astronomy
How Many Earth-like Planets Are Around Sun-like Stars?  ASTRO WATCH · 11 hours
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size... more
About The NASA Mars Rover 2020 Trip  ASTRO WATCH · 21 hours
One of the most exciting projects to be coming in only just a few short months is the NASA Mars Rover project... more
China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV  REUTERS · 1 day
A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use,... more
NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. more
Marshall selected to lead NASA human lunar lander program  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will manage the agency’s efforts to develop a lander needed to achieve the... more
NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters  REUTERS · 2 days
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will serve as headquarters for... more
Cyclocarbon: New Form of Carbon Synthesized  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
A team of researchers from the University of Oxford and IBM Research-Zürich has, for the first time, synthesized and characterized a ring of 18... more
Astronomers Spot Massive Star-Forming Galaxies in Early Universe  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Using data from multiple space- and ground-based telescopes, an international team of astronomers has discovered 39 massive star-forming galaxies at... more
Chandrayaan-2: India’s lunar maneuvers continue  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to enter lunar orbit Aug. 20 following a relatively circuitous journey to the moon. SpaceNews.com more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers. more
Space samples link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to... more
Image: Hubble's portrait of star's gaseous glow  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly not algae or tiny, blobby jellyfish. Instead, it is a vast orb... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have... more
Moving on Mars  ESA · 2 days
How the ExoMars rover will overcome obstacles and dunes on the Red Planet more
Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Constellations... more
A glimpse into the future: Accelerated computing for accelerated particles  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Every proton collision at the Large Hadron Collider is different, but only a few are special. The special collisions generate particles in unusual patterns—possible manifestations of new, rule-breaking... more
Robotic toolkit added to NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The bit carousel—a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity's first samples from another planet—has been incorporated into NASA's Mars 2020... more
NASA selects proposals to demonstrate smallSat technologies to study interplanetary space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict... more
Data-mining for dark matter  MIT · 2 days
Tracy Slatyer hunts through astrophysical data for clues to the invisible universe. more
NASA picks Alabama site as HQ for human moon lander program: sources  REUTERS · 3 days
The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as... more
July 2019 hottest month on record for planet: NOAA  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, while satellite data showed polar ice shrank to its lowest levels. more
Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. more
Planet 10 times Earth's mass may have smacked Jupiter long ago  REUTERS · 3 days
Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic... more
NASA pinpointed tropical storm Krosa's strength before Japan landfall  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with infrared data and cloud top temperature information for Tropical Storm Krosa as it was making landfall in southern... more
Fluid in superdeep diamonds may be from some of Earth's oldest unchanged material  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 days
Primordial rock deep in the mantle and dating to just after Earth’s formation could yield insights about the planet’s formation and evolution more
July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
If our eyes could see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
Methane emissions spike: Is there one main culprit?  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The level of methane in the atmosphere has risen dramatically in the last decade—and climate scientists are worried. Although there's still roughly 60 times less of it floating around than carbon dioxide,... more
NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA scientists are crisscrossing Greenland on a mission to track melting ice. more
Total annihilation for supermassive stars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A renegade star exploding in a distant galaxy has forced astronomers to set aside decades of research and focus on a new breed of supernova that can utterly annihilate its parent star—leaving no remnant behind. The signature event,... more
Conceptual design ready for PLATO telescope simulator  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research designs and builds a space simulator to test and calibrate eight out of twenty-six cameras for ESA's next exoplanet hunter telescope, PLATO. The conceptual design is now complete.... more
How astronomers chase new worlds in TESS data  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As pink liquid oozed around her shoes, astronomer Johanna Teske started to feel sick. She had been looking for new planets with the Planet Finder Spectrograph, an astronomical instrument resembling an industrial-sized... more
Three new Beta Cephei stars detected  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have identified three new Beta Cephei stars. The newly found trio is an important addition to the still short list of known stars of this type. The... more
A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would travel 100 million years back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Not many, though, would think of... more
How synthetic biology can help the environment  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Most environmental science is focused on how to turn back the clock, not push it forward, says Ben Bostick, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "We think about how we can roll back our... more
First DJ in space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience of over 3000 people as part of the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Cruise Edition. more
America's Largest Asteroid Impact Left a Trail of Destruction Across the Eastern United States  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
America's largest impact crater wreaked havoc on the land and water. Scientists are just beginning to understand it. more
Stellar evolution in real time detected in the old star T Ursae Minoris  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An international team of astronomers succeeded in detecting signs of aging in the red supergiant star T UMi. The star in the... more
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to... more
Sierra Nevada Corp. selects ULA Vulcan for Dream Chaser missions  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Sierra Nevada Corp. announced Aug. 14 that it will use United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicle... more
Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
A Canadian telescope spotted eight more repeating fast radio bursts. What causes these cryptic flashes of radio waves from deep space remains unclear. more
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Had Tiny, Temporary Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Astrophotographer Jacint Roger has spotted a small object in a sequence of images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft on October 21, 2015.... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
NASA follows tropical storm Krosa's approach to landfall in southern Japan  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Krosa contains powerful thunderstorms with heavy rain capabilities as it moves toward landfall in southern Japan.... more
A planetary body may have smashed into Jupiter, creating its weird core  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
A planetary body smashing into Jupiter may have jostled the gas giant’s insides during its formative years, creating the strange interior seen today. more
First DJ in space  ESA · 4 days
In partnership with Big City Beats, ESA's Luca Parmitano rocks Ibiza from orbit more
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?  nanowerk · 4 days
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to... more
Automated observing network inaugurated at SOAR telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Supernovae, neutron star mergers, black holes at the center of galaxies, erupting young stars—these are all examples of objects in the night sky that change their brightness over time. In the coming years, astronomers... more
The first DJ in space  ESA · 4 days
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience... more
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to... more
Assessing the strengths of solar thermal desalination  nanowerk · 4 days
Researchers propose an elegant theoretical framework to help others in the field better understand how various technological innovations can enhance solar thermal desalination (STD) performance. The framework is summed up in a straightforward equation... more
Shedding light on black holes  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
"Black holes" is one of the most highly searched terms about our universe. There's a fascination with the idea of a region of space having a gravitational pull so strong, nothing can escape its deadly grasp, not even... more
How to save trees: It's all about conflict resolution  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The Madre de Dios rainforest in southeastern Peru is one of the biodiversity capitals of the world, with more species of plants and animals than almost anywhere else on the... more
'Interplanetary Shock' Seen for 1st Time  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
A team of four NASA spacecraft finally caught sight of a phenomenon scientists have been hunting for years: an interplanetary shock. more
NASA to seek independent review of ISS National Laboratory  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA will perform an independent review of the non-profit organization that runs the portion of the International Space... more
NASA selects proposals to further study the fundamental nature of space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA has selected two proposals for concept studies that could help us better understand the fundamental nature of space and how it changes in response to... more
NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  nanowerk · 4 days
Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help uncover hidden biospheres. Their radiation could trigger a protective glow from life on... more
Critical Observation Made on Maunakea During First Night of Return to Operations  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
The existing astronomical observatories on Maunakea returned to operations this weekend, and it didn’t take long for a significant result to be achieved, not... more
James Webb Space Telescope could begin learning about TRAPPIST-1 atmospheres in a year  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers are using the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 planetary system as a kind of laboratory to model not the planets themselves, but how the... more
Studying largest impact crater in the US, buried for 35 million years  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile diameter crater... more
Researchers study largest impact crater in the US, buried for 35 million years  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help... more
Telescopes in Hawaii reopen after deal with protesters  Science Magazine · 5 days
Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope remains stalled, but other astronomers return to work more
Glitch in Vela Pulsar Provides Unique Opportunity to Study Neutron Star’s Interior  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars observed to have pulses of radiation at very regular intervals that typically range from milliseconds to seconds. If... more
Near-Earth asteroid 2006 QV89 not a threat for next century  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Observations of the near-Earth asteroid 2006 QV89 made on August 11, 2019 with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) have ruled out any potential future impact threat to the Earth... more
NASA studies how arctic wildfires change the world  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Wildfires in the Arctic often burn far away from populated areas, but their impacts are felt around the globe. From field and laboratory work to airborne campaigns and satellites, NASA is studying... more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  nanowerk · 5 days
In a new study, researchers report on the most detailed simulation ever of a large patch of the intergalactic medium (IGM). For the first time, they were able to see how cold,... more
NASA finds Henriette fading  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Infrared imagery from NASA's Terra satellite found just a few scattered areas of cold clouds in the Eastern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Depression Henriette on August 13. more
Space Dust from Ancient Supernova Found Hiding in Antarctica  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Researchers recently identified cosmic iron traces in snow that fell in Antarctica. Preserved in the snow was dust containing a rare isotope that originated in a supernova. more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
To understand the most ordinary matter in the universe—and the extraordinary things that happen to it—a Yale-led team of astronomers took a deep dive into the cosmic fog. more
NASA sees wide center in tropical storm Krosa  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a good shot of the wide, ragged center of circulation in Tropical Storm Krosa. more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
In a new study, researchers report on the most detailed simulation ever of a large patch of the intergalactic medium (IGM). For the first time, they were able to see how cold,... more
Spitzer Spots Perfect Edge-On Galaxy: NGC 5866  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
NASA has released a stunning infrared image taken by the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope of a lenticular galaxy called NGC 5866. NGC... more
Second baby planet found using pioneering technique  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Monash astrophysicists using the ALMA telescope in Chile have a made a world-first discovery with the sighting of a second new 'baby' planet (two to three times heavier than Jupiter) inside a gas and... more
Cloaked Black Hole Found Hidden Behind Gas Cloud in Early Universe  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
A cloaked black hole found lurking behind a cloud of gas dates to the early cosmic years of the universe. more
Solar physics with the Square Kilometre Array  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Although solar physics is one of the most mature branches of astrophysics, the sun confronts researchers with a large number of outstanding fundamental problems. These problems include the determination of the structure and dynamics... more
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