Astronomy
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels and air brakes  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Final assembly and testing of NASA's Perseverance rover continues at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the July launch window approaches. In some of the last steps required... more
New laser technique will allow more powerful—and smaller—particle accelerators  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
By observing electrons that have been accelerated to extremely high energies, scientists are able to unlock clues about the particles that make up our universe. more
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Irondro developing an eye  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As Tropical Cyclone Irondro continues to move through the Southern Indian Ocean, NASA's Terra satellite saw the storm developing an eye as it continued to intensify. more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches Tropical Cyclone Harold develop near Solomon Islands  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of newly formed Tropical Cyclone Harold. Harold formed near the Solomon... more
1,400-year-old mystery of strange 'red sign' in Japan's sky solved  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
A scarlet fan spread across the skies over Japan 1,400 years ago, and it's been puzzling astronomers ever since. more
NASA report outlines vision for long-term human lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA released a report April 2 outlining its long-term approach to lunar exploration that involves establishing a “base... more
New NASA radar looks to monitor volcanoes and earthquakes from space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Instead of looking up to the sky for bright bursts of fiery color, a research team spent Fourth of July 2018 peering down at fiery globs... more
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’  ESA · 2 days
On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft... more
Improved laser system will help large optical telescopes gather more accurate data  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Macquarie University researchers have developed an improved laser system that will help large optical telescopes to gather more accurate data. more
Image: Disinfection for planetary protection  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Carefully wrapped inside this donut-shaped bag is a 35-m diameter parachute that will endure a frenzied six-minute dive into the Martian atmosphere. more
Third Starship prototype destroyed in tanking test  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
For the third time in less than five months, a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship next-generation launch vehicle was destroyed in a test... more
Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth  ESA · 2 days
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as... more
Smart surfaces for space hygiene  ESA · 2 days
While efforts continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus on Earth, a space-based experiment called Matiss has been investigating how ‘smart surfaces’ on the... more
Space Development Agency to seek bids for its first constellation  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
SDA will issue a final solicitation for bids for the mesh network of satellites known as... more
Virgin Orbit selects Japanese airport as launch site  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Virgin Orbit announced April 2 it has identified an airport in Japan as a potential site for launch operations, joining... more
NASA finds heavy rain potential in new Tropical Cyclone Irondro  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA analyzed the cloud top temperatures in the newly formed Tropical Cyclone Irondro using infrared light to determine where the strongest storms were located. more
Limited work continues on JWST  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
While NASA has resumed some work on the James Webb Space Telescope, project officials say even that limited level of activity will soon come to a... more
Read about ESA's activities in this interactive publication  ESA · 3 days
Read about ESA's activities in this interactive publication ESA Impact Q1 highlights dramatic events on our planet including COVID-19, bushfires,... more
As COVID-19 halts climate expeditions, scientists grapple with uncertainties  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Around 128,000 years ago, the temperatures in the Bahamas were one to two degrees higher than they are today. A group of geologists and geodynamicists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth... more
Space missions return to science  ESA · 3 days
After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best, gathering science... more
Rodents and a rocket carried these researchers' dreams to space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The human body evolved within the constant force of Earth's gravity. To prevent bone and muscle atrophy during their stays in space, astronauts must exercise every day. For... more
NASA planning reorganization of human spaceflight directorate  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA is planning to implement changes in the structure of its human spaceflight directorate in the coming weeks, including moving a scientific... more
NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA and ESA are separately soliciting proposals to either do research related to the coronavirus pandemic or to help provide relief services.... more
NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA's second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. more
Researchers test the way we understand forces in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A discovery by a team of researchers led by UMass Lowell nuclear physicists could change how atoms are understood by scientists and help explain extreme phenomena in outer... more
About the distribution of biodiversity on our planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Large open-water fish predators such as tunas or sharks hunt for prey more intensively in the temperate zone than near the equator. With this result, a study is challenging a long-standing explanation... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes --... more
BESSY II: Ultra-fast switching of helicity of circularly polarized light pulses  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
At the BESSY II storage ring, a joint team of accelerator physicists, undulator experts and experimenters has shown how the helicity of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation... more
Coronavirus having little impact on climate: UN agency  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Though factories have shut, planes have been grounded and cars left in the garage, the coronavirus pandemic is having very little impact on climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday. more
Landmark study concludes marine life can be rebuilt by 2050  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An international study recently published in the journal Nature, led by KAUST Professors Carlos Duarte and Susana Agustí, lays out the essential roadmap of actions required for the... more
SpaceX almost ready to start testing third Starship prototype  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
For almost a year now, SpaceX has been building a series of Starship prototypes that will test how the system fares when launched to orbit. Coming on the heels of... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes—not to... more
More protein and good for the planet: 9 reasons we should be eating microalgae  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As the climate warms, the land we use for growing energy-intensive crops such as wheat and corn is becoming less... more
Astronomers perform variability study of the blazar 3FGL J0449.4-4350  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Chinese astronomers have conducted a gamma-ray and optical variability analysis of the blazar 3FGL J0449.4-4350. The new research, presented in a paper published March 25 on arXiv.org, reports the detection... more
Reflections on COVID-19 and our destruction of nature  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In 2015 I was helping to draft a UNESCO report, Education for People and Planet. To gather various opinions on the role of education in creating a sustainable planet, I met with... more
Climate researcher on promise amidst the pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As people suspend travel during this time of social distancing, Earth-observing satellites have recorded a marked reduction in air pollution in regions of the world most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Space... more
Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak  ESA · 4 days
The alarming levels of spread and severity of COVID-19 have led the World Health Organization to declare COVID-19 a pandemic outbreak. Italy is currently... more
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1  ESA · 4 days
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1 ESA Impact Q1 highlights dramatic events on our planet including COVID-19, bushfires, an iceberg and a fireball, plus... more
NASA selects astronauts for Crew Dragon mission  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not... more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as ''intermediate-mass,'' which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. more
Early Mars Had Multiple Water Sources, New Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
An analysis of two Martian meteorites — Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 and Allan Hills (ALH) 84001 — shows... more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
Research team releases new global groundwater maps  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA researchers have developed new satellite-based, weekly global maps of soil moisture and groundwater wetness conditions and one to three-month U.S. forecasts of each product. While maps of current dry/wet conditions for the United... more
Study shows potential for using fiber-optic networks to assess ground motions during earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study from a University of Michigan researcher and colleagues at three institutions demonstrates the potential for using existing networks of... more
Electron-eating neon causes star to collapse  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An international team of researchers has found that neon inside a certain massive star can consume the electrons in the core, a process called electron capture, which causes the star to collapse into a neutron star... more
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs,... more
ESA’s other Galileo satellite: in action, on the ground  ESA · 5 days
Europe has 26 Galileo navigation satellites in orbit, blanketing the world in positioning signals, with another 12 planned... more
Optical telescopes obtain long-term monitoring results of flux variability in blazars  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Blazars are a special kind of rare active galactic nuclei. They are currently the most likely candidates for high-energy neutrinos. Their relativistic jets may be the... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using NASA's Fermi and Swift spacecraft, astronomers have investigated SGR J1935+2154, the most recurring transient magnetar known to date. The new research sheds more light on the burst... more
High Altitude Water Cherenkov observatory tests speed of light  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
New measurements confirm, to the highest energies yet explored, that the laws of physics hold no matter where you are or how fast you're moving. Observations of record-breaking gamma rays... more
ALMA Uses Cosmic Lens to Capture Disturbed Gas Clouds in Distant Quasar  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
By combining the power of strong gravitational lensing with the capability of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of astronomers from Japan... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Controllers at ESA's mission control center are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The maneuver, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's gravitational... more
NASA selects mission to study causes of giant solar particle storms  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms—known as solar particle storms—into planetary space. Not only... more
Orbit Fab gets award to test satellite refueling technology  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
A startup that seeks to create refueling facilities in orbit for satellites has received a government grant to... more
Unravelling the mystery of black holes: Scientists release stellar code to the public  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Today, team COMPAS (Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics) has announced the first public beta release of their rapid binary population... more
New method predicts which black holes escape their galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Shoot a rifle, and the recoil might knock you backward. Merge two black holes in a binary system, and the loss of momentum gives a similar recoil—a "kick"—to the merged... more
Physicists weigh in on the origin of heavy elements  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A long-held mystery in the field of nuclear physics is why the universe is composed of the specific materials we see around us. In other words, why is it made... more
Water pressure: Ancient aquatic crocs evolved, enlarged to avoid freezing  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Taking the evolutionary plunge into water and abandoning land for good, as some crocodilian ancestors did nearly 200 million years ago, is often framed as choosing freedom: from... more
NASA selects space science cubesat mission  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA announced March 30 it will fund the development of a cluster of six cubesats that will fly in formation above geostationary orbit to... more
Weighing in on the origin of heavy elements  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Nuclear physicists conducted a physics experiment that utilizes novel techniques to study the nature and origin of heavy elements in the universe. more
A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global magma ocean. more
Virgin Orbit designs mass-producible ventilator for coronavirus patients  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
If the design is approved, Virgin Orbit said it can start producing ventilators in April. SpaceNews.com more
Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Hydrated protons at the surface of water ice are of fundamental importance in a variety of physicochemical phenomena on earth and in the universe. Hydrated protons... more
Modern science reveals ancient secret in Japanese literature  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Nearly a millennium and a half ago, red light streaked across the night sky over Japan. Witnesses compared it to the tail of a pheasant—it appeared as a fan of beautiful red... more
Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NGC 4618 was discovered on April 9, 1787, by the German-British astronomer William Herschel, who also discovered Uranus in 1781. Only a year before discovering NGC 4618, Herschel theorized that the "foggy" objects astronomers were seeing... more
A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In Jessica Barnes' palm is an ancient, coin-sized mosaic of glass, minerals and rocks as thick as a strand of wool fiber. It is a slice... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
How will clouds obscure the view of exoplanet surfaces?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In 2021, NASA's next-generation observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will take to space. Once operational, this flagship mission will pick up where other space telescopes—like Hubble, Kepler and... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  ESA · 6 days
Controllers at ESA’s mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre,... more
Astronomers observe high-redshift quasar PSO J006.1240+39.2219 with Subaru telescope  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Using the Subaru telescope, astronomers from Taiwan have conducted spectroscopic observations of a high-redshift quasar designated PSO J006.1240+39.2219. Results of these observations, presented in a paper published March 19 on... more
Geopolymer concrete: Building moon bases with astronaut urine and regolith  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee.... more
Free-floating stars in the Milky Way's bulge  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The path of a light beam is bent by the presence of mass, as explained by General Relativity. A massive body can therefore act like a lens—a so called "gravitational lens"—to distort the image... more
Image: Rice fields in Vietnam from orbit  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Mekong Delta—a major rice-producing region in southwest Vietnam. more
Hubble Snaps Stunning Image of NGC 4651  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a detailed image of a spiral galaxy called NGC 4651. NGC 4651 lies approximately 93... more
Electron-eating neon causes star to collapse  nanowerk · 6 days
Neon inside a certain star core can eat so many electrons, it causes the star to collapse into a neutron star and produce a supernova. more
Space Fence surveillance radar site declared operational  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The $1.5 billion Space Fence can track tiny objects in low Earth orbit as small as a marble. SpaceNews.com more
Astronaut urine to build moon bases  nanowerk · 1 week
The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. Researchers have found that it could be used... more
SpaceX wins NASA commercial cargo contract for lunar Gateway  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA announced March 27 it has selected SpaceX to provide cargo transportation services for the agency’s planned lunar... more
#SpaceConnectsUs replay  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:00:00 Asteroid Day and the European Space Agency connected Europe and the world with astronauts, scientists and performers bringing a message of hope and support for those facing the global Coronavirus... more
Nonreciprocal transport in gate-induced polar superconductor SrTiO3  Science Magazine · 1 week
Polar conductors/superconductors with Rashba-type spin-orbit interaction are potential material platforms for quantum transport and spintronic functionalities. One of their inherent properties is the nonreciprocal transport, where the rightward and leftward currents become inequivalent, reflecting... more
The Latest: Space images show pollution down in Europe  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The European Space Agency has published new images showing the impact that lockdown measures related to the coronavirus are having on air pollution across Europe more
Old gas blob from Uranus found in vintage Voyager 2 data  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Buried inside data Voyager 2 gathered at Uranus more than 30 years ago is the signature of a massive bubble that may have stolen a blob... more
ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The... more
ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The... more
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