Aerospace

Explosive volcanoes spawned mysterious Martian rock formation

Explosive volcanoes spawned mysterious Martian rock formation

Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a...
It might not be Planet 9 causing disruptions in the Kuiper Belt

It might not be Planet 9 causing disruptions in the Kuiper Belt

 Just the collective gravity of everything out there In January of 2016, astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin published the first evidence that there might...

New way to find very young, very large planets

Researchers have developed a new technique for discovering and observing very young, very large planets. Catching young planets in the act of formation is important...
Methane on Mars leads to seasonal mystery

Methane on Mars leads to seasonal mystery

Methane gas in the atmosphere of Mars varies locally from season to season on the red planet, according to new research. Using data collected from...
Orion Nebula’s disks look like solar system 5 billion years ago

Orion Nebula’s disks look like solar system 5 billion years ago

To make a planet, you need stuff. Protoplanetary disks — cosmic frisbees of gas and dust orbiting young stars across the galaxy — spin out...
How much does our galaxy weigh

How much does our galaxy weigh?

Pinning down the mass of a galaxy may seem like an esoteric undertaking, but scientists think it holds the key to unraveling the nature...
Dwarf planet Ceres could host more organic stuff than scientists thought

Dwarf planet Ceres could host more organic stuff than scientists thought

A new analysis suggests that patches on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres may contain a much higher abundance of organic material than...
No need for dark matter to explain dynamics of dwarf galaxies

No need for dark matter to explain dynamics of dwarf galaxies

Astronomers from Chinese-French international lab (LIA-ORIGINS) have refuted the formerly well-established proof of dark matter in dwarf galaxies. They demonstrate that star motions in dwarf...
moganite, lunar meteorite, moon, water

New evidence for water activity on the Moon

A team of scientists led by Masahiro Kayama, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert...
Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

Powerful gravity of supermassive black hole shreds passing star, pulling material into disk rotating around the black hole, and launching jet of particles outward For...