Aerospace

Saturn might have torn a moon apart to make its rings

Saturn is a world of surprises. The Voyager 1 and 2 flybys and later on, the Cassini mission, opened our collective eyes to intricate details...

Astronomers risk misinterpreting planetary signals in James Webb data

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is revealing the universe with spectacular, unprecedented clarity. The observatory’s ultrasharp infrared vision has cut through the cosmic dust...

Saturn’s rings and tilt could be the product of an ancient, missing moon

Swirling around the planet’s equator, the rings of Saturn are a dead giveaway that the planet is spinning at a tilt. The belted giant rotates...

Scientists find new way to detect baby planets in the making

Astronomers agree that planets are born in protoplanetary disks — rings of dust and gas that surround young, newborn stars. While hundreds of these disks...

Scientists capture the sharpest image of universe’s most massive known star

Astronomers have yet to fully understand how the most massive stars — those more than 100 times the mass of the sun — are...

‘Diamond rain’ in space could prove useful on earth

“Diamond rain,” a long-hypothesized exotic type of precipitation on ice giant planets, could be more common than previously thought, a study finds. In an earlier...

Why dark matter halos of ultra-diffuse galaxies are so odd

Scientists have found that dark matter halos of ultra-diffuse galaxies are very odd, raising questions about physicists’ understanding of galaxy formation and the structure...

Mysterious diamonds came from outer space, scientists say

Strange diamonds from an ancient dwarf planet in our solar system may have formed shortly after the dwarf planet collided with a large asteroid...

Where to land on the Moon? Scientists check the shadowed side for future landings

It was 1972 when the last humans landed on the Moon. The Apollo program was discontinued thereafter. But interest in the Moon has been rekindled. With...

Scientists reveal the secrets about mysterious gamma-ray signal toward Milky Way center

A study by an international team of scientists has shed new light on the origins of a bright patch of gamma radiation toward the...