Scientists predict a large sunspot for Thanksgiving

Scientists at the National Solar Observatory have predicted the emergence of a new sunspot group just in time for Thanksgiving. Using a technique called helioseismology,...

Galaxy encounter violently disturbed Milky Way, study finds

The spiral-shaped disc of stars and planets is being pulled, twisted and deformed with extreme violence by the gravitational force of a smaller galaxy...

There might be water on all rocky planets

If you asked someone who was reasonably scientifically literate how Earth got its water, they’d likely tell you it came from asteroids—or maybe comets...

Scientists detect birth of magnetar from colossal collision for the first time

Long ago and far across the universe, an enormous burst of gamma rays unleashed more energy in a half-second than the sun will produce...

Scientists detect newborn jets in distant galaxies

Astronomers using data from the ongoing VLA Sky Survey (VLASS) have found a number of distant galaxies with supermassive black holes at their cores...

Scientists discover ancient megaflood on Mars’ equator

In a new study, scientists find that floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale Crater on Mars’ equator around 4 billion years ago. This...

Rogue planets: hunting the galaxy’s most mysterious worlds

Most known planets orbit a star. These planets, including Earth, benefit from the star’s warmth and light. And it is the light emitted from these...

Scientists solve 16-year-old cosmic mystery

In 2004, scientists with NASA's space-based Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spotted an object unlike any they'd seen before in our Milky Way galaxy: a...

Ancient zircon minerals from Mars reveal the elusive internal structure of the red planet

The uranium-bearing mineral zircon is an abundant constituent of Earth's continental crust. It provides information about the age and origin of the continents and large...

Magnetars could be behind some fast radio bursts, shows study

Magnetars—a type of neutron star believed to have an extremely powerful magnetic field—could be the source of some fast radio bursts, new research suggests. Though...

Scientists find the source of water plumes from Jupiter’s moon Europa

Plumes of water vapor that may be venting into space from Jupiter's moon Europa could come from within the icy crust itself, according to...

Astronomers discover unexplained brightness from colossal explosion

Astronomers have discovered the brightest infrared light from a short gamma-ray burst ever seen, with a bizarre glow that is more luminous than previously...

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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...