Aerospace

Astronomers find regular rhythms among pulsating stars

By listening to the beating hearts of stars, astronomers have for the first time identified a rhythm of life for a class of stellar...

Scientists find new evidence of watery plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa is a fascinating world. On its surface, the moon appears to be scratched and scored with reddish-brown scars, which rake across the...

NASA’s SOFIA finds clues hidden in Pluto’s haz

When the New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto in 2015, one of the many fascinating features its images revealed was that this small, frigid...

Our solar system’s oldest molecular fluids could hold the key to early life

The oldest molecular fluids in the solar system could have supported the rapid formation and evolution of the building blocks of life, says a...

Giant meteorite impacts may have formed parts of the moon’s crust

New research published in the journal Nature Astronomy reveals a type of destructive event most often associated with disaster movies and dinosaur extinction may...

Touching the asteroid Ryugu revealed secrets of its surface and changing orbit

On Feb. 21, 2019, we shot an asteroid. More precisely, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, built and operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, fired...

Scientists have a cool way to catch interstellar visitors

In 2017, a telescope in Hawaii detected our first celestial visitor from another solar system — a big deal, since we haven’t quite figured...

New image reveals ancient Martian rivers in unparalleled detail

A satellite has revealed ancient Martian rivers in more detail than ever before. Researchers have spent decades looking for evidence of ancient water on Mars. As...

These little tires could go to Mars

It’s rocky. It’s sandy. It’s flat. It’s cratered. It’s cold. The surface of Mars is a challenging and inhospitable place, especially for rovers. As future missions...

Astronomers find Jupiter-like cloud bands on closest brown dwarf

A team of astronomers has discovered that the closest known brown dwarf, Luhman 16A, shows signs of cloud bands similar to those seen on...

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