comet

Rosetta’s ‘Grand Finale’ will be crashing into comet 67P

It was the first spacecraft ever to orbit a comet nucleus, the first probe to ever fly alongside said comet as it headed towards the inner solar system, and carried the first lander ever to touch down on a comet’s…

ceres

Scientists discover geothermal activity on Ceres

Using data from NASA’s Dawn probe, scientists have discovered evidence of geothermal activity on Ceres, the largest object in the Solar System’s asteroid belt. The NASA’s probe’s visible and infrared mapping spectrometer allowed the researcher to identify a high concentration…

planets

Team finds three new ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanets

It looks like new Olympians need to be added to the pantheon, because three new exoplanets belonging to the “hot Jupiter” family have just been discovered by an international team of astronomers, according to a new paper on arXiv. The…

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Researchers discover complex organic molecules in ring around planet

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a group of researchers has for the first time identified a ring-shaped structure of complex organic molecules surrounding a newborn star – a discovery the report in the latest edition of The Astrophysical…

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Mars used to have an Earth-like atmosphere

An analysis of Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity rover has indicated the Red Planet used to have a higher level of oxygen in its atmosphere than it currently does, according to a new report in Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists discovered…

Dwarf planet MakeMake and its moon

Dwarf planet Makemake has a moon, astronomers find

Makemake, a dwarf planet and one of the largest Kuiper Belt objects discovered to date, has a moon, according to a new study led by astronomers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and published in Monday’s edition of Astrophysical Journal…

In preparation for the imminent arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft in July 2016, astronomers used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to obtain spectacular new infrared images of Jupiter using the VISIR instrument. They are part of a campaign to create high-resolution maps of the giant planet to inform the work to be undertaken by Juno over the following months, helping astronomers to better understand the gas giant. This false-colour image was created by selecting and combining the best images obtained from many short VISIR exposures at a wavelength of 5 micrometres.

Jupiter awaits arrival of the Juno probe

In a statement you’d never read in Roman mythology, a glowing Jupiter awaits the arrival of Juno—as scientists have created stunning new images and maps of Jupiter a week ahead of the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft. In fact, the…

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Hubble spots ‘Dark Vortex’ on Neptune

For the first time this century, NASA scientists can confirm that a dark vortex has been spotted in Neptune's atmosphere, as the new feature is clearly visible in images obtained last month by the Hubble Space Telescope, US space agency…

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The universe is ‘crowded’ with black holes, study finds

A new study has found there are areas of the universe that are littered with black holes, and these massive objects are merging all the time. Published in the journal Nature, the new study projected numerous black hole collisions that…

Instrument reading of supermassive black hole

Scientists make first observation of Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

For the first time, astronomers using a new instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have conducted observations of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, officials from the facility announced early Thursday…