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Mysteries of Uranus' oddities explained by Japanese astronomers
Uranus is a planetary oddity. Our Solar System's planets revolve around the Sun in the same direction, and do so with their axes of rotation - the way they spin locally - orientated roughly perpendicular to their orbits. (2020-04-06)
Sulfur 'spices' alien atmospheres
They say variety is the spice of life, and now new discoveries from Johns Hopkins researchers suggest that a certain elemental 'variety' -- sulfur -- is indeed a 'spice' that can perhaps point to signs of life. (2020-04-06)
What makes Saturn's atmosphere so hot
New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft found that electric currents, triggered by interactions between solar winds and charged particles from Saturn's moons, spark the auroras and heat the planet's upper atmosphere. (2020-04-06)
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life
Cornell University astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. (2020-03-26)
Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation
Model developed by Brazilian researchers shows chaotic phase that placed objects in current orbits beginning within first 100 million years after formation of giant planets. (2020-03-23)
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. (2020-03-19)
New telescope design could capture distant celestial objects with unprecedented detail
Researchers have designed a new camera that could allow hypertelescopes to image multiple stars at once. (2020-03-18)
Earth's mantle, not its core, may have generated planet's Early magnetic field
A trio of studies are the latest developments in a paradigm shift that could change how Earth history is understood. (2020-03-15)
Researchers find new minor planets beyond Neptune
Using data from the Dark Energy Survey, researchers have found and cataloged more than 300 minor planets beyond Neptune, including more than 100 new discoveries. (2020-03-11)
Observed: An occultation of a brown dwarf by another
An international team of astronomers in the project SPECULOOS, dedicated to the search for habitable planets, with scientists participating from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has discovered an eclipse (termed an occultation) in a peculiar brown dwarf formed by two stars orbiting around each other. (2020-03-10)
Glass transition of spins and orbitals of electrons in a pure crystal
Researchers at Osaka University used computers simulations to show that lattice distortions in magnetic pyrochlore oxide crystals can control the glass transition of its electrons. (2020-03-10)
Astronomers pinpoint rare binary brown dwarf
Astronomers working on 'first light' results from a newly commissioned telescope in Chile made a chance discovery that led to the identification of a rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf system. (2020-03-09)
What if mysterious 'cotton candy' planets actually sport rings?
Some of the extremely low-density, 'cotton candy like' exoplanets called super-puffs may actually have rings, according to new research published in The Astronomical Journal by Carnegie's Anthony Piro and Caltech's Shreyas Vissapragada. (2020-03-02)
Scientists seize rare chance to watch faraway star system evolve
Findings suggest that the planet DS Tuc Ab -- which orbits a star in a binary system -- formed without being heavily impacted by the gravitational pull of the second star. (2020-03-01)
Astronomy student discovers 17 new planets, including Earth-sized world
University of British Columbia astronomy student Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA's Kepler mission. (2020-02-27)
18-hour year planet on edge of destruction
Astronomers from the University of Warwick have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed for a planet of its type. (2020-02-20)
The Earth formed much faster than previously thought
By measuring iron isotopes, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown that our planet originally formed much faster than previously thought. (2020-02-20)
Sub-Neptune sized planet validated with the habitable-zone planet finder
A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an exoplanet using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder. (2020-02-20)
How newborn stars prepare for the birth of planets
An international team of astronomers used two of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world to create more than three hundred images of planet-forming disks around very young stars in the Orion Clouds. (2020-02-20)
Journey to the center of Mars
While InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists, have built a new compositional model for Mars. (2020-02-19)
Rules of life: From a pond to the beyond
In a recent study published in the journal eLIFE a team of researchers, including lead author Jordan Okie of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and senior author Jim Elser of the School of Life Sciences, conducted experiments in the Cuatro Cienegas Basin in Mexico. (2020-02-18)
Scientists pioneer new way to study exoplanets
A team of scientists using the Low Frequency Array radio telescope in the Netherlands has observed radio waves that carry the distinct signatures of aurorae, caused by the interaction between a star's magnetic field and a planet in orbit around it. (2020-02-17)
First research results on the 'spectacular meteorite fall' of Flensburg
A fireball in the sky, accompanied by a bang, amazed hundreds of eyewitnesses in northern Germany in mid-September last year. (2020-02-17)
New technologies, strategies expanding search for extraterrestrial life
New technologies that enable new strategies are revitalizing the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), by not only augmenting the traditional search for intelligently-generated radio signals but also allowing searches for other signs of life and technological activity. (2020-02-14)
Looking for aliens who might be looking for us
Data from a massive search for cosmic radio emission released Feb 14. by the Breakthrough Listen Initiative has allowed astronomers to look for technological signatures of extraterrestrial civilizations that might be looking for us. (2020-02-14)
Distant giant planets form differently than 'failed stars'
Astronomers using two Maunakea Observatories, W. M. Keck Observatory and Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, have probed the formation process of giant exoplanets and brown dwarfs by using a combination of direct imaging of these objects and custom software to model their orbits. (2020-02-10)
New research provides evidence of strong early magnetic field around Earth
New research from the University of Rochester provides evidence that the magnetic field that first formed around Earth was even stronger than scientists previously believed. (2020-01-20)
Is there a second planet orbiting the nearest star to the sun?
An analysis of cyclical changes in the light spectrum emitted by Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun, suggests it may be orbited by a second planet. (2020-01-15)
'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars
A 'cold Neptune' and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars by a team led by Carnegie's Fabo Feng and Paul Butler. (2020-01-14)
How the solar system got its 'Great Divide,' and why it matters for life on Earth
Scientists have finally scaled the solar system's equivalent of the Rocky Mountain range. (2020-01-13)
Collision helped make the Milky Way -- and now we know when
Researchers have pinpointed an early galactic merger that helped shape the Milky Way. (2020-01-13)
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies
Astronomers have cataloged signs of nine heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. (2020-01-09)
Planet WASP-12b is on a death spiral, say Princeton scientists
A Princeton-led team of astrophysicists has shown that exoplanet WASP-12b, located 600 light-years away, is spiraling in toward certain destruction in about 3 million years. (2020-01-08)
NASA planet hunter finds its 1st Earth-size habitable-zone world
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence of liquid water on the surface. (2020-01-07)
NASA's TESS mission uncovers its 1st world with two stars
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has found its first circumbinary planet, a world orbiting two stars. (2020-01-07)
SDSU astronomers pinpoint two new 'Tatooine' planetary systems
The discoveries include the first circumbinary planet revealed by observations from NASA's TESS mission, which will search nearly the entire sky. (2020-01-07)
Scientists develop new method to detect oxygen on exoplanets
Scientists have developed a new method for detecting oxygen in exoplanet atmospheres that may accelerate the search for life. (2020-01-06)
Simulated image demonstrates the power of NASA's wide field infrared survey telescope
Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp speed. (2020-01-06)
Massive gas disk raises questions about planet formation theory
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found a young star surrounded by an astonishing mass of gas. (2019-12-23)
NYU Abu Dhabi researcher discovers exoplanets can be made less habitable by stars' flares
In this new study, NYUAD Center for Space Science Research Scientist Dimitra Atri found that not all exoplanets in habitable zones will be able to maintain hospitable conditions for life. (2019-12-15)
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