Space & Planetary

Ancient celestial map found at Castelliere di Rupinpiccolo

Castelliere di Rupinpiccolo is an ancient hillfort, located in the Province of Trieste, Italy.

Possible traces of protoplanet found in Earth’s mantle

In a study of the Earth’s mantle, scientists have identified two compositionally distinct continent-sized anomalies which could be traces of a protoplanet which impacted with Earth during its early formation.

The Moon is 40 million years older than previously thought

According to the giant-impact hypothesis (also known as the Theia Impact), the moon was formed when a giant object such as a protoplanet crashed into the Earth when the solar system was still young.

Cosmic radio burst offers path to weigh the Universe

In an article published in the latest issue of Science, Dr. Stuart Ryder from Macquarie University and Associate Professor Ryan Shannon from Swinburne University of Technology, leading a global team, have unveiled their groundbreaking discovery: the oldest and most distant fast radio burst ever detected, dating back approximately eight billion years.

The Maya predicted annular solar eclipses

On October 14th, 2023, a celestial event will unfold as the Sun, Moon, and Earth, align to create an annular solar eclipse.

Chilean scientists discover crucial event right before the death of a star

A new paper in the journal Nature Astronomy, The delay of shock breakout due to circumstellar material evident in most Type II Supernovae, written by a group of researchers from the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) and the Department of Astronomy of the University of Chile, Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS) and international institutions, sheds new light on supernova explosions.

Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water

Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size of Earth.

Hubble paints picture of the evolving universe

Astronomers using the ultraviolet vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have captured one of the largest panoramic views of the fire and fury of...

Where Martian dust comes from

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator, scientists have found.

Young galaxy’s halo offers clues to its growth and evolution

A team of astronomers has discovered a new way to unlock the mysteries of how the first galaxies formed and evolved.

X-ray data may be first evidence of a star devouring a planet

For nearly a century, astronomers have puzzled over the curious variability of young stars residing in the Taurus-Auriga constellation some 450 light years from Earth. One star in particular has drawn astronomers' attention.

A dozen new moons of Jupiter discovered, including one ‘oddball’

Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found -11 "normal" outer moons, and one that they're calling an "oddball." This brings Jupiter's total number of known moons to 79.

Plasma-spewing quasar shines light on universe’s youth, early galaxy formation

Pasadena, CA--Carnegie's Eduardo Bañados led a team that found a quasar with the brightest radio emission ever observed in the early universe, due to it spewing out a jet of extremely fast-moving material.

‘Cataclysmic’ collision shaped Uranus’ evolution

Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth that caused the planet to tilt and could explain its freezing temperatures, according to new research.

Fragment of impacting asteroid recovered in Botswana

A team of experts from Botswana, South Africa, Finland and the United States of America recovered a fresh meteorite in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

Long suspected theory about the moon holds water

A team of Japanese scientists led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University's Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest Africa.

Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the cosmic monster.

Mars rocks may harbor signs of life from 4 billion years ago

Iron-rich rocks near ancient lake sites on Mars could hold vital clues that show life once existed there, research suggests.

Researchers from the UPC and the IAC discover one of the most massive neutron stars

Using a pioneering method, researchers from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group of the UPC and the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics (IAC) have found a neutron star of about 2.3 Solar masses—one of the most massive ever detected.

Astronomers observe unprecedented detail in pulsar 6,500 light-years from Earth

A team of astronomers has performed one of the highest resolution observations in astronomical history by observing two intense regions of radiation, 20 kilometres apart, around a star 6500 light-years away.

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