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There’s a new hope for Star Wars fans dreaming of a rocky planet that orbits a binary star like Luke Skywalker’s homeworld of Tatooine: astrophysicists from the University of Utah and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory say that such a planet could theoretically exist.
A new survey by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory studied 72 galactic cluster collisions from all different angles and times, revealing that the 85 percent of the universe’s total matter is way weirder than we could ever imagine.
A bizarre bulge approximately half as tall as Mount Kilimanjaro has been found on Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system.
Mere hours after a NASA astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut blasted off on a mission that will see the international colleagues spend a year on the International Space Station, rumors that their two countries were collaborating on the station’s successor surfaced on Saturday.
Astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought, narrowing down what this crazy substance might be.
And we have liftoff! A Soyuz TMA-16M rocket carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka is en route to the International Space Station, marking the beginning of the Year in Space mission.
An ancient Martian lake system in the Jezero Crater, near the planet’s equator, is high on a list of possible landing sites for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. The site shows clear signs of water and may therefore hold significant clues to the presence of ancient life on Mars. Researchers from Brown University have completed a new analysis of the Jezero area which found that water filled the crater at least twice in separate periods of water activity. This makes Jezero a prime target in the search for life on the Red Planet.
Dark energy is so difficult to understand, but this specific type of supernovae could help determine the rate at which the universe is expanding.
Terrestrial research has been unable to grow the long fibers believed to strangle brain cells, but microgravity could be the answer to growing and studying these protein fibers.
NASA and the ESA are hoping that a pair of satellites currently in development will solve some of the longstanding mysteries of the sun by getting up close and personal with our solar system’s host star, provided they can survive the extreme heat and harsh conditions.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is preparing to begin his long-anticipated Year In Space mission, as he and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka are scheduled to depart for the International Space Station on at 3:42pm Eastern on Friday afternoon.
NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.
Astronomers at the University of California, San Diego have broken out a new tool in the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life: an instrument that can scan the sky for pulses of infrared light that may be indicative of messages from advanced civilizations on other worlds.
On Earth, bursts of particles spewed by the Sun spark shimmering auroras, like the Northern Lights, that briefly dance at our planet's poles. But, on Jupiter, there's an auroral glow all the time, and new observations show that this Jovian display sometimes flares up because of a process having nothing to do with the Sun.
Tracking the rotation speed of solid planets, like the Earth and Mars, is a relatively simple task: Just measure the time it takes for a surface feature to roll into view again. But giant gas planets Jupiter and Saturn are more problematic for planetary scientists, as they both lack measureable solid surfaces and are covered by thick layers of clouds, foiling direct visual measurements by space probes. Saturn has presented an even greater challenge to scientists, as different parts of this sweltering ball of hydrogen and helium are known to rotate at different speeds, whereas its rotation axis and magnetic pole are aligned.
Our solar system might have been a vastly different place before Jupiter arrived, according to a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggests that the gas giant may have destroyed an entire generation of inner planets before entering its current orbit.
NASA astronomers have for the first time detected an outburst from a star believed to be in the earliest stages of its development – an eruption that they believe reveals a sudden accumulation of gas and dust by an exceptionally young star also known as a protostar.
A rare class of so-called “active asteroids” that appear to leave behind a tail of dust and debris similar to that of a comet are travelling so fast that they are essentially making themselves blow up, according to research published Friday in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
A nearly 250 mile (400 km) wide impact zone recently discovered in Central Australia is being called the largest asteroid-caused craters ever discovered, according to research published earlier this month in the international earth sciences journal Tectonophysics.
The first “wet chemistry” experiment conducted by NASA’s Curiosity rover may have found evidence of long-chain carboxylic acid, a fatty acid that could be the latest organic molecule to be discovered on Mars, researchers from the US space agency have revealed.
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