Kepler Space Telescope solves mystery of fast and furious explosions

The universe is full of mysterious exploding phenomena that go boom in the dark. One particular type of ephemeral event, called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient...
There could be hundreds more icy worlds with life than on rocky planets out there in the galaxy

There could be hundreds more icy worlds with life than on rocky planets out...

In the hunt for extra-terrestrial life, scientists tend to take what is known as the “low-hanging fruit approach”. This consists of looking for conditions similar...
Galaxy NGC 3344 A lonely beauty

Galaxy NGC 3344: A lonely beauty

Beauty, grace, mystery -- this magnificent spiral galaxy has all the qualities of a perfect galactic Valentine. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the...
Here’s a new plan for finding life on other planets

Here’s a new plan for finding life on other planets

Instead of looking for water as a sign of life on distant exoplanets, scientists should instead look at an exoplanet’s ionosphere, the thin uppermost...
Are we being watched Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

A group of scientists have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able...

Dark matter is a no show in ghostly galaxy

Galaxies and dark matter go hand in hand; you typically don’t find one without the other. So when researchers uncovered a galaxy, known as NGC1052-DF2,...
Do parallel universes exist

Do parallel universes exist?

Just in time for Netflix’s Stranger Things season two premiere, quantum physicist Johannes Pollanen travels back to the 1980s to analyze the strange and supernatural world...

Outback radio telescope listens in on interstellar visitor

A telescope in outback Western Australia has been used to listen to a mysterious cigar-shaped object that entered our Solar System late last year. The...

Binary stars can eject ‘castaways’ into space

Planets orbiting “short-period” binary stars—those locked in a close orbital embrace—can shoot off into space as a consequence of their host’s evolution, a new...

This meteorite is one of the few remnants from a lost planet that was...

What if our Solar System had another generation of planets that formed before, or alongside, the planets we have today? A new study published in...
New study says Enceladus has had an internal ocean for billions of years

Enceladus has had an internal ocean for billions of years

When the Cassini mission arrived in the Saturn system in 2004, it discovered something rather unexpected in Enceladus’ southern hemisphere. From hundreds of fissures located...
Earth-sized planets with two suns could still be habitable

Earth-sized planets with two suns could still be habitable

With two suns in its sky, the planet Tatooine, home of Luke Skywalker, hero of the "Star Wars" films, is portrayed as an immense...

Looking for extrasolar planets: DARKNESS lights the way

Somewhere in the vastness of the universe another habitable planet likely exists. And it may not be that far -- astronomically speaking -- from...
Do Stars Fall into Black Holes, or Crash

Do stars fall into black holes, or crash?

Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that...
The Aurora Station will be the first luxury hotel in space

The Aurora Station will be the first luxury hotel in space

Are you ready for a luxury hotel in space? We all knew it was coming, even though it seems impossibly futuristic. But this time it’s...

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