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Young ‘hot Jupiter’ offers clues to how planets form

CI Tau b is a paradoxical planet, but new research is starting to answer questions about how a planet so large could have formed...

How an atomic clock will get humans to Mars on time

NASA navigators are helping build a future where spacecraft could safely and autonomously fly themselves to destinations like the Moon and Mars. Navigators today tell...
Where Earth's heavy elements such as gold and platinum come from

Where Earth’s heavy elements such as gold and platinum come from

That gold on your ring finger is stellar - and not just in a complimentary way. In a finding that may overthrow our understanding of...
We could find Jupiter-like exoplanets in sweet spot in most systems

We could find Jupiter-like exoplanets in sweet spot in most systems

As planets form in the swirling gas and dust around young stars, there seems to be a sweet spot where most of the large,...
Scientists discover table salt on Jupiter's moon Europa

Scientists discover table salt on Jupiter’s moon Europa

A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists at...
Rare ‘superflares’ could one day threaten Earth

Rare ‘superflares’ could one day threaten Earth

Superflares are massive bursts of energy from the surface of a star. New research shows that such eruptions can occur on stars as old and...

Our sun may have a dual personality, say physicists

Researchers at CU Boulder have discovered hints that humanity's favorite star may have a dual personality, with intriguing discrepancies in its magnetic fields that...
Scientist discover the hidden history of a giant asteroid

Scientists discover the hidden history of a giant asteroid

A massive 'hit-and-run' collision profoundly impacted the evolutionary history of Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. This finding, by a team of researchers from...
Toxic gases limit the types of life we could find on habitable planets, says study

Toxic gases limit the types of life we could find on habitable planets, says...

Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a rich diversity of life. In a new...
Astronomers determine mass of small black hole at center of nearby galaxy

Astronomers determine mass of small black hole at center of nearby galaxy

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captures galaxy NGC 4395 in infrared light. NGC 4395 is about 1,000 times smaller than the Milky Way. Scientists have determined...