How we spotted a potential new planet around the sun’s neighboring star

Most exoplanets, bodies orbiting stars other than the sun, are too far away for us to be able to send probes to. So it’s no...

Future homes on the Moon and Mars could be made of fungi

Science fiction often imagines our future on Mars and other planets as run by machines, with metallic cities and flying cars rising above dunes...

Scientists are taking the temperature of dark matter

Warm, cold, just right? Physicists at the University of California, Davis are taking the temperature of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up about...

In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid — not volcanoes

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of...

Galactic collision helped shape our galaxy 11.5 billion years ago

Thanks to some astrophysical sleuthing, researchers have pinpointed an early galactic merger that helped shape the Milky Way. The merger — a collision, actually —...

Scientists find a ‘cold Neptune’ and two temperate super-Earths

A "cold Neptune" and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting...

Astronomers discover new bizarre objects near our galaxy’s enormous black hole

Astronomers from UCLA's Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from...

How the solar system got its ‘Great Divide,’ and why it matters for life...

Scientists, including those from the University of Colorado Boulder, have finally scaled the solar system's equivalent of the Rocky Mountain range. In a study published...

Scientists find the oldest material on Earth in a meteorite

Stars have life cycles. They're born when bits of dust and gas floating through space find each other and collapse in on each other and...

A huge wave is passing through the milky way unleashing new stellar nurseries

Stars are formed within large clouds of gas and dust known as stellar nurseries. While star formation was once seen as a simple gravitational process,...

An Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone of a nearby star

A few months ago, a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of discovering planets around other stars, called me into...

Goldilocks stars are best places to look for life beyond Earth

In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers look for planets in a star's "habitable zone" — sometimes nicknamed the "Goldilocks zone" — where...

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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...

This new planet is unlike anything found in the solar system

When astronomers look around the solar system, they find that planets can be made out of almost anything. Terrestrial planets like Earth, Mars, and...

Scientists find the photo evidence of life on Mars

Researchers analyzed a number of photos from various Mars rovers and found insect-like and reptile-like forms in the images, appearing to verify that life...