Pinnacle Island riddle solved by Opportunity

Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have announced recently that the rover Opportunity finally managed to solve a mystery related to the nature of a rock formation called Pinnacle Island. 

The Sun Has a Giant “Hole,” Spacecraft Reveals

NASA has announced that a space telescope aiming at the Sun has spotted a giant hole in the solar atmosphere.

NASA’s Plans Through 2030: Mars, the Moon, and Asteroids [Infographic]

If there’s one agency that’s used to thinking ahead, that’s NASA. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a lot of plans for the next two decades.

New Neptune moon discovered by astronomers

While astronomers tend to focus on the Universe beyond our Solar System, it seems that there are still secrets hidden in our own neighborhood. Neptune has another moon that no one knew about until now. Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows that Neptune has another moon, senior research scientist Mark Showalter of the […]

Monster Saturn storm ate its own tail

Since gas giants are made up of, well, gas, it’s easy for giant storms to form around them. Saturn and Jupiter are always peppered with monster storms that ravage the planets. They don’t do any actual damage since there’s nothing there to damage, but they do make for some spectacular shots.

Black Hole secrets: The S-Stars

Deep in the heart of the Milky Way resides a black hole. However, that is not the mysterious object which scientists Fabio Antonini, of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, and David Merritt, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, have been endeavoring to explain. The objects of their attention are the orbits of massive young […]

New passing asteroid has its own moon!

As reported, an asteroid dubbed 1998 QE2 is to pass by our planet this May 31.

Absense of light reveals exoplanet atmospheres

Exoplanets are uncanny. Some seem to have walked directly out of the best science-fiction movies. For example, we’ve discovered a planet consisting purely of water (GJ 1214b) and one with two suns (Kepler 16b). Some planets nearly scrape their host stars once every orbit, while others exist in darkness without a host star at all. The […]

Picture of the Day: Orion

  Humans have been gazing at Orion for millennia, but they’ve never seen it as beautiful as this. Granted, we can’t actually see it like the photo above would suggest, as the fiery glow is only visible to telescopes tuned to submillimeter radio frequencies.

Earth and Moon’s water from same source

Water on the Moon came from the same source as our water on Earth, a new study suggests.   The discovery reported in the journal Science, implies some of Earth’s water was transferred to the Moon when it formed.   The Moon is thought to have formed by a collision between Earth and a Mars-sized […]

New Method of Finding Planets Scores Its First Discovery

Detecting alien worlds presents a significant challenge since they are small, faint, and close to their stars. The two most prolific techniques for finding exoplanets are radial velocity (looking for wobbling stars) and transits (looking for dimming stars). A team at Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has just discovered an […]

Milky Way’s Black Hole feasts on superhot gas

It’s a simple menu, but smoking hot. The black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is sucking in ultra-hot molecular gas, as seen through the eyes of the Herschel space telescope.

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