‘Dead as expected’: Things you need to know about China’s Moon plant

You must have heard the bad news that mankind's first-ever plant on the Moon's far side is dead. But the story behind the plant may...

How Moon study revealed increase in asteroid impacts on ancient Earth

By looking at the Moon, the most complete and accessible chronicle of the asteroid collisions that carved our young solar system, a group of...

Saturn’s rings may have formed much later than the planet itself

The rings of Saturn may be iconic, but there was a time when the majestic gas giant existed without its distinctive halo. In fact, the...

Scientists find increase in asteroid impacts on ancient Earth by studying the Moon

An international team of scientists is challenging our understanding of a part of Earth's history by looking at the Moon, the most complete and...
New evidence of changing seasons, rain on Titan's north pole

New evidence of changing seasons, rain on Titan’s north pole

An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. The rainfall would...

Secrets of our universe live in a big blue cylinder

There isn’t much on Earth but you can find it just about everywhere else — how a type of helium might tell us how...

High-speed supernova reveals earliest moments of a dying star

An international team of scientists, including astronomers from the Universities of Leicester, Bath and Warwick, have found evidence for the existence of a 'hot...
Astronomers study mysterious new type of cosmic blast

Astronomers study mysterious new type of cosmic blast

When astronomers discovered a cosmic explosion in a galaxy nearly 200 million light-years from Earth last June 16, they soon realized it was something...

Scientists discover giant pattern in the clouds of planet Venus

A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team...

POLAR experiment reveals orderly chaos of black holes

An international consortium of scientists studying gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) as part of the POLAR (GRB polarimeter) experiment has revealed that high-energy photon emissions from...

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe to lay groundwork for human return to moon

Nearly 50 years have passed since people first stood on the moon. Can we return? How will radiation on the moon affect astronauts? How much...
Double star system flips planet-forming disk into pole position

Double star system flips planet-forming disk into pole position

Scientists have found the first confirmed example of a double star system that has flipped its surrounding disc to a position that leaps over...

Scientists discover new way supermassive black holes are ‘fed’

Supermassive black holes weigh millions to billions times more than our sun and lie at the center of most galaxies. A supermassive black hole several...

What astronomers are gleaning from a big blast called “Cow”

Telescopes around the globe and in space raced to witness a dramatic stellar explosion. On June 16, 2018, a brilliant stellar explosion unlike any seen...

Rotating black holes may serve as gentle portals for hyperspace travel

One of the most cherished science fiction scenarios is using a black hole as a portal to another dimension or time or universe. That fantasy...