How a type of aurora on Mars is formed

Physicists led by the University of Iowa have learned how a type of aurora on Mars is formed. In a new study, the physicists studied...

What’s it like to be on Venus or Pluto?

What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturn's moon Titan? This...

Is this the future of our Milky Way galaxy

Take a good look at the latest image provided by the Hubble Space Telescope. It shows a huge elliptical galaxy called NGC 474 that lies...

Scientists use galaxy as a ‘cosmic telescope’ to study heart of the young universe

A unique new instrument, coupled with a powerful telescope and a little help from nature, has given researchers the ability to peer into galactic...

Astronauts may one day drink water from ancient moon volcanoes

Billions of years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions broke loose on the moon, blanketing hundreds of thousands of square miles of the orb’s...

This extraterrestrial stone from Egyptian desert brings first supernova clues to Earth

New chemistry ‘forensics’ indicate that the stone named Hypatia from the Egyptian desert could be the first tangible evidence found on Earth of a...

Water evidence shows life on Mars unlikely late in its history

Scientists have investigated a meteorite from Mars using neutron and X-ray tomography. The technology, which will probably be used when NASA examines samples from...

Humans have big plans for mining in space – but there are many things...

Like Earth, planetary bodies such as the Moon, Mars, asteroids and comets contain substantial deposits of valuable resources. This has caught the attention of both...

How we captured first image of the supermassive black hole at center of the...

Black holes are among the most profound predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Originally studied as a mere mathematical consequence of the theory rather...

Scientists grow plants in lunar soil from Apollo mission

In the early days of the space age, the Apollo astronauts took part in a visionary plan: Bring samples of the lunar surface material, known...

Black hole winds are no longer as they used to be, shows study

During the first billion years of the universe, winds blown by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies were much more frequent and...

Scientists detect an explosion on a white dwarf dead star

When stars like our Sun use up all their fuel, they shrink to form white dwarfs. Sometimes such dead stars flare back to life in...

Deep Space

520-day simulated Mars’s mission changes crew’s gut bacteria

Crew members who took part in the Mars500 mission experiment showed significant changes in their gut microbiota after 520 days in confinement, according to...

This bizarre, ghostly galaxy has no dark matter

Galaxies and dark matter go together like peanut butter and jelly. Rarely is one without the other, but a recently discovered galaxy called NGC 1052-DF2...

Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance

The sun is the only star in our system. But many of the points of light in our night sky are not as lonely. By some...

Scientists detect largest flare from Sun’s nearest neighbor

Scientists have spotted the largest flare ever recorded from the sun's nearest neighbor, the star Proxima Centauri. The research, which appears today in The Astrophysical...

This black hole crackles and flares violently

An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Southampton, have used state-of-the-art cameras to create a high frame-rate movie of a growing...