Astronomers will probe exoplanets with Webb telescope

This month marks the third anniversary of the discovery of a remarkable system of seven planets known as TRAPPIST-1. These rocky, Earth-size worlds orbit an...

Starlight alone can tear asteroids into pieces, says study

The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according...

Scientists reveal the secrets of “golf ball asteroid”

Asteroids come in all shapes and sizes, and now astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have observed an asteroid so heavily cratered that they are...

How a ‘muon accelerator’ could unravel some of the universe’s greatest mysteries

The fact that we are here at all is one of the greatest puzzles of physics. We are made from normal particles such as electrons,...

Supercharged light could pulverize asteroids, study finds

The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according...

Five Moon myths – and how to disprove them yourself

This year’s first supermoon will potentially grace the sky on February 9. A supermoon is usually defined as the largest full moon possible. This is a...

New clues in the search for the oldest galaxies in the universe

A galaxy cluster can be likened to a great city of galaxies, a galactic conurbation where each galaxy represents an individual, twinkling structure. Just as...

Leftover Big Bang light helps calculate how massive faraway galaxies are

A team of scientists have demonstrated how to “weigh” galaxy clusters using light from the earliest moments of the universe. This new method could help...

Scientists catch beautiful outcome of stellar fight

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which ESO is a partner, have spotted a peculiar gas cloud that resulted from a...

How ESA-NASA’s Solar Orbiter beats the heat

When Solar Orbiter launches on its journey to the Sun, there’s one key piece of engineering making this ESA-NASA mission possible: The heat shield. Seeking a...

Astronomers reveal rare double nucleus in nearby ‘Cocoon Galaxy’

The so-called "Cocoon Galaxy" not only has a unique shape, it has a rare double-nucleus structure, astronomers report in a new paper. After studying data...

Astronomers discover unusual monster galaxy in the very early universe

Research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has found an unusual monster galaxy that existed about 12 billion years ago,...

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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...