It might not be Planet 9 causing disruptions in the Kuiper Belt

It might not be Planet 9 causing disruptions in the Kuiper Belt

 Just the collective gravity of everything out there In January of 2016, astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin published the first evidence that there might...

New way to find very young, very large planets

Researchers have developed a new technique for discovering and observing very young, very large planets. Catching young planets in the act of formation is important...
Methane on Mars leads to seasonal mystery

Methane on Mars leads to seasonal mystery

Methane gas in the atmosphere of Mars varies locally from season to season on the red planet, according to new research. Using data collected from...
Orion Nebula’s disks look like solar system 5 billion years ago

Orion Nebula’s disks look like solar system 5 billion years ago

To make a planet, you need stuff. Protoplanetary disks — cosmic frisbees of gas and dust orbiting young stars across the galaxy — spin out...
How much does our galaxy weigh

How much does our galaxy weigh?

Pinning down the mass of a galaxy may seem like an esoteric undertaking, but scientists think it holds the key to unraveling the nature...
Dwarf planet Ceres could host more organic stuff than scientists thought

Dwarf planet Ceres could host more organic stuff than scientists thought

A new analysis suggests that patches on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres may contain a much higher abundance of organic material than...
No need for dark matter to explain dynamics of dwarf galaxies

No need for dark matter to explain dynamics of dwarf galaxies

Astronomers from Chinese-French international lab (LIA-ORIGINS) have refuted the formerly well-established proof of dark matter in dwarf galaxies. They demonstrate that star motions in dwarf...
moganite, lunar meteorite, moon, water

New evidence for water activity on the Moon

A team of scientists led by Masahiro Kayama, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert...
Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

Powerful gravity of supermassive black hole shreds passing star, pulling material into disk rotating around the black hole, and launching jet of particles outward For...
121 giant planets that may have habitable moons

121 giant planets that could have habitable moons

We've all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons? In a paper published Wednesday in The Astrophysical...
Dust clouds can explain puzzling features of active galactic nuclei (AGN)

Dust clouds can explain puzzling features of active galactic nuclei (AGN)

Many large galaxies have a bright central region called an active galactic nucleus (AGN), powered by matter spiraling into a supermassive black hole. Gas clouds...
NASA encounters the perfect storm on Mars

NASA encounters the perfect storm on Mars

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's...
Astronomers discover trio of infant planets around newborn star

Astronomers discover trio of infant planets around newborn star

New technique could find some of the youngest planets in our galaxy Two independent teams of astronomers have uncovered convincing evidence that three young planets...
How solar wind drops from gale to gentle breeze as it hits earth’s magnetic field

How solar wind drops from gale to gentle breeze as it hits earth’s magnetic...

As Earth orbits the sun at supersonic speed, it cuts a path through the solar wind. This fast stream of charged particles, or plasma, launched...
Organics on dwarf planet Ceres more abundant than originally thought

Organics on dwarf planet Ceres more abundant than originally thought

Last year, scientists with NASA's Dawn mission announced the detection of organic material -- carbon-based compounds that are necessary components for life -- exposed...

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