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Mass anomaly detected under the moon's largest crater
A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study. (2019-06-10)
Site of biggest ever meteorite collision in the UK discovered
Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the British Isles. (2019-06-09)
Strange Martian mineral deposit likely sourced from volcanic explosions
In a finding that is soon to be ground-truthed by NASA's next Mars rover, Brown University researchers show that a Martian mineral deposit was likely formed by ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions. (2019-05-22)
Water formation on the Moon demonstrated by UH Manoa scientists
Chemistry Professor Ralf I. Kaiser and HIGP's Jeffrey Gillis-Davis designed the experiments to test the synergy between hydrogen protons from solar wind, lunar minerals, and micrometeorite impacts. (2019-05-21)
The space rock that hit the moon at 61,000 kilometers an hour
Observers watching January's total eclipse of the Moon saw a rare event, a short-lived flash as a meteorite hit the lunar surface. (2019-04-30)
What does the future of Kilauea hold?
Ever since Hawaii's Kilauea stopped erupting in August 2018, ceasing activity for the first time in 35 years, scientists have been wondering about the volcano's future. (2019-04-26)
Stunning discovery offers glimpse of minutes following 'dinosaur-killer' Chicxulub impact
At a site called Tanis in North Dakota's Hell Creek Formation, a team of paleontologists whose headquarters are at the University of Kansas unearthed a motherlode of exquisitely preserved animal and fish fossils that were killed suddenly in events triggered by the Chicxulub impact. (2019-03-29)
Scientists argue for more comprehensive studies of Cascade volcanoes
In a perspective essay published this week in Nature Communications, scientists argue for more 'synthesis' research looking at the big picture of volcanology to complement myriad research efforts looking at single volcanoes. (2019-03-22)
Tiny Neptune moon spotted by Hubble may have broken from larger moon
After several years of analysis, a team of planetary scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has at last come up with an explanation for a mysterious moon around Neptune that they discovered with Hubble in 2013. (2019-02-21)
Hubble helps uncover origin of Neptune's smallest moon Hippocamp
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with older data from the Voyager 2 probe, have revealed more about the origin of Neptune's smallest moon. (2019-02-21)
Insulating crust kept cryomagma liquid for millions of years on nearby dwarf planet
A recent NASA mission to the dwarf planet Ceres found brilliant, white spots of salts on its surface. (2019-02-12)
NASA finds possible second impact crater under Greenland ice
A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland. (2019-02-11)
Chang'e 4 Rover comes into view
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter got a closer look at Chang'e 4 on the lunar far side. (2019-02-08)
First look: Chang'e lunar landing site
On Jan. 30, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter caught views of the Chinese Chang'e 4 lander on the floor of the Moon's Von Kármán crater. (2019-02-06)
Simulating meteorite impacts in the lab
A US-German team has simulated meteorite impacts in the lab and followed the resulting structural changes in two feldspar minerals with X-rays as they happened. (2019-02-01)
Curiosity's first attempt at gravimetry advances martian geology
By cleverly repurposing a device onboard Curiosity normally used to detect the rover's movements on Mars to measure slight variations in gravitational fields instead, researchers have refined the understanding of how Gale crater and the mountain at its center formed. (2019-01-31)
Mars rover Curiosity makes first gravity-measuring traverse on the Red Planet
A clever use of non-science engineering data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers, including an Arizona State University graduate student, measure the density of rock layers in Gale Crater. (2019-01-31)
Scientists find 'new' science instrument on Mars rover Curiosity
NASA's Curiosity Rover may have been ambling around the Gale Crater on Mars for nearly seven years but scientists have found a way to use it for something new: making the first surface gravity measurements on a planet other than Earth. (2019-01-31)
New research uses Curiosity rover to measure gravity on Mars
A team of researchers repurposed navigational sensors aboard NASA's Curiosity rover, enabling the scientists to measure gravity on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, a peak that rises from the center of Gale Crater. (2019-01-31)
Earth and moon pummeled by more asteroids since the age of dinosaurs, say scientists
The number of asteroids colliding with the Earth and moon has increased by up to three times over the past 290 million years, according to a major new study involving the University of Southampton. (2019-01-17)
Scientists discover possible mantle mineral
Whhat mineral hosts Fe3+ had remained a secret. Now scientists have a possible answer: Maohokite, a newly discovered high-pressure mineral. (2018-12-06)
Sunset crater, San Francisco volcanic field
The San Francisco Volcanic Field is a 4,700 square kilometers (1,800 square miles) area in the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau. (2018-11-26)
Mars moon got its grooves from rolling stones, study suggests
Computer models developed by Brown University researchers shine a light on the origin of the Mars moon Phobos' distinctive grooves. (2018-11-20)
Overflowing crater lakes carved canyons across Mars
Today, most of the water on Mars is locked away in frozen ice caps. (2018-11-16)
Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland
An international team lead by researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen have discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. (2018-11-14)
Huge crater discovered in Greenland from impact that rocked Northern Hemisphere
A survey of ice in Greenland has uncovered evidence suggesting a kilometer-wide iron asteroid slammed into that island, perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago during the end of the Pleistocene. (2018-11-14)
The first impact crater found underneath the Greenland ice sheet
A 31-kilometer-wide impact crater underneath about a kilometer of the Hiawatha Glacier's ice is the first of its kind to be discovered in northwest Greenland, scientists report. (2018-11-14)
When boy fish build castles to impress girls, boy genes get 'turned on' and 'tuned in'
What if we could observe genes firing off signals to cause some behaviors? (2018-11-13)
Evidence of outburst flooding indicates plentiful water on early Mars
The presence of water on Mars has been theorized for centuries. (2018-11-03)
The formation of large meteorite craters is unraveled
About 66 million years ago, a meteorite hit the Earth of the Yucatan Peninsula in what is now Mexico. (2018-10-25)
Crater that killed the dinosaurs reveals how broken rocks can flow like liquid
The same process that allows rock to flow like liquid during impact events allows 'peak rings' to form in large craters. (2018-10-24)
The threat of Centaurs for the Earth
Astrophysicists from the University of Vienna, in collaboration with Elizabeth A. (2018-10-08)
How a tiny Curiosity motor identified a massive Martian dust storm
When dust filled the Martian atmosphere during the recent planet-wide dust storm, observations were plentiful -- even from unlikely instruments. (2018-09-26)
A galactic gem
FORS2, an instrument mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope, has observed the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 in all its glory. (2018-09-12)
Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas
The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes -- which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity -- can change depending on the size of gas bubbles rising to the surface, and relate to the way in which they erupt. (2018-08-06)
Evolution does repeat itself after all
A team of University of Konstanz biologists led by Professor Axel Meyer shows that evolutionary outcomes can be predicted. (2018-07-10)
Sandbox craters reveal secrets of planetary splash marks and lost meteorites
OIST researchers inspired by school science to crack the conundrum of planetary craters. (2018-06-27)
Twelfth impact structure discovered in Central Finland
A Finnish-Estonian scientific co-operation by Geological Survey of Finland, University of Tartu, and University of Helsinki has led to a discovery of ancient meteorite impact crater in Central Finland. (2018-06-26)
Martian dust storm grows global: Curiosity captures photos of thickening haze
A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations. (2018-06-20)
Volcano music could help scientists monitor eruptions
A volcano in Ecuador with a deep cylindrical crater might be the largest musical instrument on Earth, producing unique sounds scientists could use to monitor its activity. (2018-06-15)
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