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Research reveals the crucial role of recycling in the evolution of life in our universe
New research by astrophysicists at the University of Kent reveals how the gas and energy expelled by stars are returned to the universe, and in what forms. (2019-09-17)
Saturn's rings shine in Hubble's latest portrait
Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. (2019-09-12)
Hubble reveals latest portrait of Saturn
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 observed Saturn on 20 June 2019 as the planet made its closest approach to Earth this year, at approximately 1.36 billion kilometres away. (2019-09-12)
The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets
Astronomers using one of the most advanced radio telescopes have discovered a rare molecule in the dust and gas disc around a young star -- and it may provide an answer to one of the conundrums facing astronomers. (2019-09-12)
Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star's habitable zone
An international study lead by UdeM astronomer Björn Benneke has detected water vapor on the planet K2-18b; this represents a major discovery in the search of alien life. (2019-09-11)
First water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet
Water vapour has been detected in the atmosphere of a super-Earth with habitable temperatures by UCL researchers in a world first. (2019-09-11)
A Goldilocks zone for planet size
Harvard University researchers described a new, lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid water for long periods of time, extending the so-called Habitable or 'Goldilocks'' Zone for small, low-gravity planets. (2019-09-11)
Are we prepared for a new era of field geology on the moon and beyond?
Space agencies must invest more resources on field geology training of astronauts to take full advantage of scientific opportunities on the moon and other planetary bodies, Kip Hodges and Harrison Schmitt urge, in an Editorial. (2019-09-11)
Do animals control earth's oxygen level?
For the first time, researchers have measured how the production of algae and the Earth's oxygen level affect each other -- what you might call 'Earth's heartbeat'. (2019-09-10)
Planetary collisions can drop the internal pressures in planets
A new study finds that collisions between planetary bodies, such as the event that created Earth's moon, could abruptly drop the planet's internal pressure. (2019-09-04)
Canadian astronomers determine Earth's fingerprint
Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a 'fingerprint' for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life. (2019-08-28)
Newly discovered giant planet slingshots around its star
Astronomers have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path around its star. (2019-08-27)
The dark side of extrasolar planets share surprisingly similar temperatures
A new study by McGill University astronomers has found that the temperature on the nightsides of different hot Jupiters -- planets that are similar size in to Jupiter, but orbit other stars -- is surprisingly uniform, suggesting the dark sides of these massive gaseous planets have clouds made of minerals and rocks. (2019-08-27)
Physicists mash quantum and gravity and find time, but not as we know it
A University of Queensland-led international team of researchers say they have discovered ''a new kind of quantum time order''. (2019-08-25)
Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth
A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has. (2019-08-22)
Towards an 'orrery' for quantum gauge theory
Physicists at ETH Zurich have developed a new approach to couple quantized gauge fields to ultracold matter. (2019-08-19)
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet
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 a study this week in the journal Nature. (2019-08-15)
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?
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 our Sun. (2019-08-14)
James Webb Space Telescope could begin learning about TRAPPIST-1 atmospheres in a year
New research from astronomers at the University of Washington uses the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 planetary system as a kind of laboratory to model not the planets themselves, but how the coming James Webb Space Telescope might detect and study their atmospheres, on the path toward looking for life beyond Earth. (2019-08-13)
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. (2019-08-13)
A new timeline of Earth's cataclysmic past
Recent research shows that our planet may have been pummeled with asteroids long before some scientists had previously thought. (2019-08-12)
Methane not released by wind on Mars, experts find
New study rules out wind erosion as the source of methane gas on Mars and moves a step closer to answering the question of whether life exists on other planets. (2019-08-12)
Hubble showcases new portrait of Jupiter
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter's clouds in this new image taken on June 27, 2019. (2019-08-08)
Hubble's new portrait of Jupiter
This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. (2019-08-08)
Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. (2019-08-06)
A new lens for life-searching space telescopes
University of Arizona researchers have designed a new kind of telescope that is a cheaper, lighter and more powerful option than creating telescopes using ever-larger mirrors. (2019-08-02)
Shining (star)light on the search for life
In the hunt for life on other worlds, astronomers scour over planets that are light-years away. (2019-08-02)
Hubble uncovers a 'heavy metal' exoplanet shaped like a football
How can a planet be 'hotter than hot?' The answer is when heavy metals are detected escaping from the planet's atmosphere, instead of condensing into clouds. (2019-08-01)
Distant 'heavy metal' gas planet is shaped like a football
The scorching hot exoplanet WASP-121b may not be shredding any heavy metal guitar riffs, but it is sending heavy metals such as iron and magnesium into space. (2019-08-01)
Confirmation of toasty TESS planet leads to surprising find of promising world
A piping hot planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has pointed the way to additional worlds orbiting the same star, one of which is located in the star's habitable zone. (2019-07-31)
NASA's TESS mission scores 'hat trick' with 3 new worlds
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has found 3 new worlds in a system that promises to be among the most important targets for future studies. (2019-07-29)
TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate 'sub-Neptune'
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has discovered three new worlds that are among the smallest, nearest exoplanets known to date. (2019-07-29)
NASA's TESS mission finds 'missing link' planets
NASA's newest planet-hunting satellite has discovered a type of planet missing from our own solar system. (2019-07-29)
New space discovery sheds light on how planets form
A newly-discovered planet orbiting one of the brightest young stars known could provide valuable information on how planetary bodies form. (2019-07-25)
Cold, dry planets could have a lot of hurricanes
Study overturns conventional wisdom that water is needed to create cyclones. (2019-07-24)
Astronomers make first calculations of magnetic activity in 'hot Jupiter' exoplanets
Signals from star-planet interactions tell of strong magnetic fields in 'hot Jupiters'. (2019-07-22)
Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
A UW team has discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid at below-freezing temperatures. (2019-07-12)
Scientists deepen understanding of magnetic fields surrounding Earth and other planets
Now, a team of scientists has completed research into waves that travel through the magnetosphere, deepening understanding of the region and its interaction with our own planet, and opening up new ways to study other planets across the galaxy. (2019-07-12)
Moon-forming disk discovered around distant planet
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. (2019-07-11)
'Moon-forming' circumplanetary disk discovered in distant star system
Astronomers using ALMA 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 system of moons, like those found around Jupiter. (2019-07-11)
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