Space

Newly Discovered Planets Could Have Moons Capable of Life

1 year ago Kenny Walter | R & D 0
The ongoing pursuit to find life outside of Earth now includes 121 new giant planets that could have habitable moons. A team from the University of California-Riverside (UCR) and the University of Southern Queensland has found a group of 121 planets using NASA’s Kepler telescope that could possibly have habitable moons, a discovery that could Read More

Could recent supernovae be responsible for mass extinctions?

1 year ago Julia Demarines | PHYS.org 0
Two nearby supernovae that exploded about 2.5 and eight million years ago could have resulted in a staggered depletion of Earth’s ozone layer, leading to a variety of repercussions for life on Earth. In particular, two-and-a-half million years ago the Earth was changing dramatically. The Pliocene, which was a hot and balmy epoch, was ending Read More

New magnetic process in turbulent space

1 year ago May 9, 2018 Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center 0
Though close to home, the space immediately around Earth is full of hidden secrets and invisible processes. In a new discovery reported in the journal Nature, scientists working with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft — MMS — have uncovered a new type of magnetic event in our near-Earth environment by using an innovative technique to squeeze Read More

Evidence for stars forming just 250 million years after Big Bang

1 year ago ESO 0
An international team of astronomers used ALMA to observe a distant galaxy called MACS1149-JD1. They detected a very faint glow emitted by ionised oxygen in the galaxy. As this infrared light travelled across space, the expansion of the Universe stretched it to wavelengths more than ten times longer by the time it reached Earth and Read More

NASA to Send a Helicopter to Mars

1 year ago Kenny Walter | Rdmag.com 0
In what is being called a “high-risk, high-reward” mission, NASA officials announced plans to send a helicopter to Mars in 2020. On May 11, NASA officials announced plans to attach a small, autonomous helicopter to a belly pan aboard the upcoming Mars 2020 Rover mission, currently scheduled to depart in July 2020. “NASA has a Read More

Old NASA spacecraft points to new evidence of watery plumes over Europa

1 year ago PHYS.org 0
A fresh look at data from a 1997 flyby of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, suggests that NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew directly through a watery plume, raising hopes of probing the jets for signs of life around the second planet from Earth. The revelations Monday came after scientists revisited a puzzling reading from an instrument aboard Galileo, Read More

Planetary Waves Similar to Those That Control Weather on Earth Discovered on Sun

1 year ago Rubenstein Associates, Inc. 0
An international team of scientists, led by Laurent Gizon, co-principal investigator of the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), have discovered planetary waves of vorticity on and inside the Sun similar to those that significantly influence weather on Earth. Rossby waves are a natural phenomenon in the atmospheres and oceans of planets Read More

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

1 year ago Kerry Sheridan | PHYS.org 0
The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet. Known simply as “The Mars Helicopter,” the device weighs less than four pounds (1.8 kilograms), and its main body section, or fuselage, is about Read More