Space & Future

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers yellow sulfur crystals on Mars

Scientists were astonished on May 30 when NASA's Curiosity rover uncovered something never seen before on Mars: bright yellow sulfur crystals inside a rock...

Scientists discover new black hole near the center of our galaxy

An international team of researchers, led by Dr. Florian Peißker, has discovered signs of a new intermediate-mass black hole near the supermassive black hole...

From cold to scorching: The journey of a “hot Jupiter”

Astronomers have recently discovered a planet that's in the process of becoming one of the most extreme types of planets in our galaxy—a hot...

Scientists uncover new explanation for Jupiter’s shrinking great red spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the largest windstorm in the solar system, has been shrinking for decades. A new study might explain why this iconic...

Gaia faces double trouble: Micrometeoroid strike and solar storm

Launched in December 2013, ESA's Gaia spacecraft aims to map over a billion stars in the Milky Way with incredible precision. However, space is a...

Scientists find six new exoplanets, passing 5,500 milestone

On August 24, 2023, scientists announced the discovery of six new exoplanets, bringing the total number of known exoplanets to 5,502. This milestone marks another...

Astronomers discover exoplanet with wild orbit: A clue to hot Jupiter formation

Astronomers have found a planet with the most unusual orbit ever seen among planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. This planet's extreme path...

Scientists capture first image of sprinkler-like jet from neutron star

Astronomers have captured the first-ever image of a jet shooting out from a neutron star, resembling a garden sprinkler. This fascinating discovery was made by...

Ancient space secrets: Scientists unveil Bennu asteroid samples

Inside a vacuum-packed container within a FedEx box lies a piece of ancient history: a small sample from the Bennu asteroid. This 120-milligram sample holds...

Six things we’ve learned about Earth from meteorites and comets

Apart from the sun, its planets and their moons, our solar system has vast amounts of space rocks—fragments left over from the formation of...

Astronomers discover 10 strange pulsars in the Milky Way

Towards the center of our Milky Way galaxy, in the constellation Sagittarius, astronomers have discovered 10 unusual neutron stars called pulsars. These pulsars are located...

Sun-like stars found orbiting hidden companions

Most stars in our universe come in pairs. While our own Sun is a loner, many stars like our Sun orbit similar stars, while a...

Deep Space

Dark matter may be older than the big bang, study says

Dark matter, which researchers believe make up about 80% of the universe's mass, is one of the most elusive mysteries in modern physics. What exactly...

How dangerous are Kilonovae?

When we look up at the sky on a particularly dark night, there is a sense of timelessness. We might see the flash of a...

How our Milky Way’s black hole shapes space like a football

Deep in the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way, lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). This colossal space monster, sitting...

Why dark matter halos of ultra-diffuse galaxies are so odd

Scientists have found that dark matter halos of ultra-diffuse galaxies are very odd, raising questions about physicists’ understanding of galaxy formation and the structure...

Scientists find critical building block for life at Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Scientists have found new clues that hint at the presence of life on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. The key to this discovery: Phosphorus.