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