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Newly-Discovered Rocky Exoplanet Has Three Red Suns  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered a terrestrial planet orbiting a star in the triple-star system LTT 1445.... more
A Material Way to Make Mars Habitable  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of... more
Supernova observation first of its kind using NASA satellite  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
When NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched into space in April 2018, it did so with a specific goal: to search the universe for new planets. more
What Is NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)?  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA’s future flagship telescope, WFIRST, will help us find potentially habitable exoplanets and study a mysterious phenomenon called dark matter. more
ALMA Spots Moon-Forming Disk around Young Gas Giant PDS 70c  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have spotted a circumplanetary disk around a still-forming... more
Earthquake damage: Americans unaware of risk, focus on response instead of prevention  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On July 4 and 5, two major earthquakes, followed by several thousand smaller ones, struck Southern California. Their size and the damage they caused... more
Moon-forming Disk Discovered Around Distant Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the... more
Mars could sustain life under thin layer of 'frozen smoke' - CNET  CNET · 3 days
Researchers show silica aerogel shields could produce Earth-like temperatures on Mars' surface. more
A material way to make Mars habitable  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research suggest that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material -- silica aerogel -- that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect. Through modeling and experiments, the researchers show that... more
How We Could Make Mars Habitable, One Patch of Ground at a Time  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Transforming Mars into a life-friendly world doesn't have to be a herculean, planet-wide effort. more
Silica aerogel could make Mars habitable  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of the realm of science fiction to propose terraforming. In a 1971 paper, Sagan suggested... more
Future life on Mars could be supported by a thin layer of 'frozen smoke' - CNET  CNET · 3 days
Researchers show silica aerogel shields could be deployed to produce Earth-like temperatures on Mars' surface. more
Astronomers Expand Cosmic 'Cheat Sheet' in Hunt for Life  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
Cornell astronomers have reached into nature’s color palette from early Earth to create a cosmic “cheat sheet” for... more
Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid... more
'Moon-forming' circumplanetary disk discovered in distant star system  nanowerk · 6 days
Astronomers have made the first-ever observations of a circumplanetary disk, the planet-girding belt of dust and gas that astronomers strongly theorize controls the formation of planets and gives rise to an entire... more
Ploonets: Exiled moons may explain astronomical mysteries  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Moons ejected from orbits around gas giant exoplanets could explain several astronomical mysteries, an international team of astronomers suggests. more
Moon-forming disk discovered around distant planet  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter. more
Moon-forming disk discovered around distant planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter. more
NASA drops insane map of 4000 planets discovered outside our solar system - CNET  CNET · 1 week
In just a few decades we've gone from knowing of no planets beyond the solar system to thousands. Here's how... more
Astronomers expand cosmic 'cheat sheet' in hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Using nature's color palette from early Earth, astronomers have created a cosmic 'cheat sheet' in order to understand where discovered exoplanets may fall along their own evolutionary spectrum. more
Eris: The First Dwarf Planet  SPACE.COM · 1 week
The discovery of Eris led to Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. more
See all 4,000 known exoplanets in one cool short NASA video - CNET  CNET · 1 week
In just a few decades we've gone from knowing of no planets beyond the solar system to thousands. Here's how it happened. more
Uranus: The Ringed Planet That Sits on its Side  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and was the first to be discovered. more
Modeling early meteorite impacts on the moon  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As our solar system was forming nearly four and a half billion years ago, a planet-sized object struck the early Earth, leading to the formation of the moon, possibly from a hot, spinning cloud... more
Astronomers expand cosmic 'cheat sheet' in hunt for life  nanowerk · 1 week
Using nature's color palette from early Earth, astronomers have created a cosmic 'cheat sheet' in order to understand where discovered exoplanets may fall along their own evolutionary spectrum. more
Exoplanet evolution: Astronomers expand cosmic 'cheat sheet'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cornell astronomers have reached into nature's color palette from early Earth to create a cosmic "cheat sheet" for looking at distant worlds. By correlating tints and hues, researchers aim to understand where discovered exoplanets... more
Astronomers Find Asteroid with Record-Short Year  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a state-of-the-art camera at the Palomar Observatory in southern California, have spotted a very unusual asteroid, named... more
Earth's core has been leaking for billions of years  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Earth's magnetic field protects and makes our planet habitable by stopping harmful high-energy particles from space, including from the Sun. The source of this magnetic field is the core at... more
New clues to the origin of massive underwater volcano, Tamu Massif  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The discovery of Tamu Massif, a gigantic volcano located about 1,000 miles east of Japan, made big news in 2013 when researchers reported it was the... more
Newfound kilometer-size asteroid orbits the sun every 151 days  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers have spotted an unusual asteroid with the shortest "year" known for any asteroid. The rocky body, dubbed 2019 LF6, is about a kilometer in size and circles the sun... more
Discovering exoplanets with gravitational waves  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In a recent paper in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Saclay, Paris suggest how the... more
Research yields new clues to the origin of Tamu Massif  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The discovery of Tamu Massif, a gigantic volcano located about 1,000 miles east of Japan, made big news in 2013 when researchers reported it was the largest single... more
July 4th earthquake won't delay the Big One. And it might have worsened quake strain  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Does a good-size earthquake help relieve pent-up seismic stress? Does that postpone the day of reckoning when the... more
SpaceX has lost contact with three of its Starlink satellites  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
On May 23rd, 2019, SpaceX launched the first batch of its Starlink constellation, a fleet of satellites that will fulfill Elon Musk's promise to provide broadband satellite-internet access... more
Atmosphere of midsize planet revealed by Hubble, Spitzer  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Two NASA space telescopes have identified the detailed chemical 'fingerprint' of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system,... more
Atmosphere of mid-size planet revealed by Hubble and Spitzer  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical "fingerprint" of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like... more
TESS Mission Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool, nearby... more
TESS Discovers Planetary System with Three Terrestrial-Size Exoplanets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered three small planets orbiting a bright M-dwarf star called L... more
How historic Jupiter comet impact led to planetary defense  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Twenty-five years ago, humanity first witnessed a collision between a comet and a planet. From July 16 to 22, 1994, enormous pieces of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (SL9), discovered just... more
NASA's New Exoplanet-Hunting Telescope Has Spotted Its Tiniest Alien World Yet  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
NASA's new exoplanet-hunting telescope has discovered its smallest planet yet: a world somewhere between the sizes of Earth and its smaller sister, Mars. more
NASA needs your help: Do you know how to grow plants in space?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Do you know how to maintain a family-sized garden without unlimited soil, natural sunlight and Earth's gravity? If the answer is yes,... more
Astronomers Spotted a Car-Size Asteroid Just Hours Before Impact  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers discovered a car-size asteroid hours before it slammed into Earth and burned up in the atmosphere this past weekend, news sources report. more
NASA’s Dragonfly will fly across the surface of Titan, Saturn’s ocean moon  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
NASA has just announced its next big interplanetary mission: Dragonfly, which will deliver a Mars Rover-sized flying vehicle to the surface of Titan, a... more
NASA's TESS mission finds its smallest planet yet  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool, nearby star. The planet, called L 98-59b, marks the tiniest discovered... more
Astronomers Spotted a Car-Size Asteroid Just Hours Before Impact  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Astronomers discovered a car-size asteroid hours before it slammed into Earth and burned up in the atmosphere this past weekend, news sources report. more
Tunguska revisited: 111-year-old mystery impact inspires new, more optimistic asteroid predictions  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Every single day, many tons of tiny rocks—smaller than pebbles—hit the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate. Between frequent shooting stars we wish on in the night sky... more
Modelling galactic settlement  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
What looks like a still of an exploding firework is actually taken from an ESA simulation of humankind's expansion across the stars, produced for an international competition. Each dot is a habitable star system, with the colored stripes representing interstellar... more
Enceladus’ Ocean Contains High Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen, Scientists Say  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Saturn’s small icy moon Enceladus contains a global subsurface ocean. According to new research from the University of Washington, the ice-covered ocean probably has... more
Scientist develops novel algorithm to aid search for exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Inspired by movie streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, a Southwest Research Institute scientist developed a technique to look for stars likely to host giant, Jupiter-sized planets outside of... more
A new algorithm finds nearby stars that could host hidden worlds  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
An algorithm dubbed “Netflix for exoplanets” identified more than 350 stars that, based on their chemistry, might have planets orbiting out of sight. more
Mars May Have Escaped Life-Threatening Impacts Early On  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
A storm of cosmic impacts may have ended relatively early on Mars, suggesting that the Red Planet was habitable longer than scientists previously thought, a new study finds. more
NASA discovery may be an early indication of life on Mars  Sky News · 3 weeks
NASA may have uncovered an early indication of life on Mars after one of its rovers detected the largest amount of methane on the planet to... more
The low density of some exoplanets is confirmed  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Kepler mission and its extension, called K2, discovered thousands of exoplanets. It detected them using the transit technique, measuring the dip in light intensity whenever an orbiting planet moved across the... more
Astronomers See 'Warm' Glow of Uranus’s Rings  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
The rings of Uranus are invisible to all but the largest telescopes -- they weren't even discovered until 1977 -- but they're... more
NASA Selects SwRI’s PUNCH Mission to Image Beyond the Sun’s Outer Corona  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to lead the “Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere” (PUNCH) mission, a landmark Small Explorers Program mission... more
The SPECULOOS telescopes and searching for red worlds in the northern skies  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
With a new telescope situated on a scenic plateau in Tenerife, Spain, MIT planetary scientists now have an added way to search for Earth-sized... more
Astronomers see 'warm' glow of Uranus's rings  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The rings of Uranus are invisible to all but the largest telescopes—they weren't even discovered until 1977—but they're surprisingly bright in new heat images of the planet taken by two large telescopes in the... more
fuboTV inks Discovery deal, adds 13 more networks to its live TV streaming service  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
Live sports streaming service fuboTV is expanding further into non-sports content with today’s news that it’s inked a new multi-year... more
Two Potentially Earth-Like Alien Planets Found Around Nearby Star  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
A research team discovered two Earth-like planets in our cosmic backyard, and they reside in the perfect zone for water to form on their presumably rocky surfaces. more
Table Salt Compound Spotted on Europa  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists... more
Two new Earth-like planets discovered near Teegarden's Star  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
An international research team has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest stars. Teegarden's Star is about 12.5 light years away and is one of the smallest known stars. more
New Earth-like exoplanets discovered around red dwarf Teegarden star  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An international team led by the University of Göttingen (Germany) with participation by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) have discovered, using the CARMENES high-resolution spectrograph at... more
NASA Wants to Build a 'Starshade' to Hunt Alien Planets  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 month
Such a mission would have to keep two spacecraft, separated by thousands of miles, aligned within 3 feet of each other. more
Gemini Planet Imager Analyzes 300 Stars  ASTRO WATCH · 1 month
Over the past four years, an instrument attached to a telescope in the Chilean Andes - known as the Gemini Planet Imager - has... more
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