The four most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The Earth’s biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are: liquid water, at least one source...

How planetary nebulae get their shapes

About 7.5 billion years from now, our sun will have converted most of its hydrogen fuel into helium through fusion, and then burned most...

Astronomers capture stellar winds in unprecedented detail

Astronomers present an explanation for the mesmerising shapes of planetary nebulae. The discovery is based on an extraordinary set of observations of stellar winds around...

Could Venus really harbor life? New study springs a surprise

Earth’s sister planet, Venus, has not been regarded as a high priority in the search for life. Its surface temperature of around 450°C is thought...

Astronomers may have found a signature of life on Venus

The search for life beyond Earth has largely revolved around our rocky red neighbor. NASA has launched multiple rovers over the years, with a new...

Scientists find hints of life on Venus

A research team, led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University, today announced the discovery of a rare molecule - phosphine - in the...

Scientists discover a warm Jupiter orbiting a cool star

A planet observed crossing in front of, or transiting, a low-mass star has been determined to be about the size of Jupiter. While hundreds of...

Jupiter’s moons could be warming each other

Jupiter's moons are hot. Well, hotter than they should be, for being so far from the sun. In a process called tidal heating, gravitational tugs from...

How the Milky Way stole an enormous gas halo from our dwarf neighbors

There is a huge halo of gas circling our Galaxy with the mass of a billion Suns. Stripped from the two dwarf Magellanic galaxies that...

Carbon-rich exoplanets could be made of diamonds, says study

As missions like NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, TESS and Kepler continue to provide insights into the properties of exoplanets (planets around other stars), scientists...

Scientists discover unique supernova explosion

One-hundred million light years away from Earth, an unusual supernova is exploding. That exploding star -- which is known as "supernova LSQ14fmg" -- was the...

Rare meteorites show transport of material in early solar system

As the solar system was forming billions of years ago, the planet Jupiter carved a gap in the disk of dust and gas around...

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The Earth’s moon may be cracking up

Researchers have discovered a system of ridges spread across the nearside of the Moon topped with freshly exposed boulders. The ridges could be evidence of...
Something big is warping the outer solar system

Scientists discover something big is warping the outer solar system

In a recent study, researchers found compelling evidence of a yet-to-be-discovered planetary body with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth. The mysterious...
Potential human habitat located on the moon

Scientists discover potential human habitat on the moon

In a recent study, researchers found potential human habitat on the moon. They found a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of...

Scientists find a place on Earth where there is no life

Living beings, especially microorganisms, have a surprising ability to adapt to the most extreme environments on our planet, but there are still places where...

Scientists detect a busy signal from nearby galaxy

It beats like a busy signal — one that scientists were excited to get. A new study in Nature reports the discovery of a fast...