Eighteen Earth-sized exoplanets discovered

Eighteen Earth-sized exoplanets discovered Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), the Georg August University of Göttingen, and the Sonneberg Observatory have discovered 18 Earth-sized planets beyond the solar system. The worlds are so small that previous surveys had overlooked them. One of them is one of the smallest known so […]

Three exocomets discovered around the star Beta Pictoris

Three exocomets discovered around the star Beta Pictoris Just about a year after the launch of the NASA mission TESS, the first three comets orbiting the nearby star Beta Pictoris outside our solar system were discovered with data from the space telescope. The main goal of TESS is to search for exoplanets—planets orbiting other stars. […]

Chang’e-4 Lander and its Rover Have Turned up new Mysteries on the Moon’s far side. The Moon’s Mantle Blasted Onto the Surface?

Chang’e-4 Lander and its Rover Have Turned up new Mysteries on the Moon’s far side. The Moon’s Mantle Blasted Onto the Surface? China’s Chang’e-4 lunar mission recently gathered data that suggests that the impact that created the largest impact crater on the Moon could have blasted some of its mantle material onto the surface. The […]

Formation of the moon brought water to Earth

Formation of the moon brought water to Earth The Earth is unique in our solar system: It is the only terrestrial planet with a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilizes the Earth’s axis. Both were essential for Earth to develop life. Planetologists at the University of Münster (Germany) have now […]

Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS

Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS NASA’s aging 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter recently snapped some unique views of the twin moons Phobos and Deimos, in an effort to better understand their texture and surface composition. The post Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

Stellar waltz with dramatic ending

Stellar waltz with dramatic ending Astronomers at the University of Bonn and their colleagues from Moscow have identified an unusual celestial object. It is most likely the product of the fusion of two stars that died a long time ago. After billions of years circling around each other these so-called white dwarfs merged and rose […]

Brown dwarfs are formed in the same way as sun-like stars

Brown dwarfs are formed in the same way as sun-like stars Astronomers have discovered a so-called proto-disc around the proto-brown dwarf Mayrit. With this discovery, they were able to confirm for the first time that this celestial body was formed in the same way as sun-like stars. phys.org Go to Source

Messier 86 – the NGC 4406 Elliptical Galaxy

Messier 86 – the NGC 4406 Elliptical Galaxy Located in the constellation Virgo, about 54 million light years from Earth, is the elliptical galaxy known as Messier 86. The post Messier 86 – the NGC 4406 Elliptical Galaxy appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

Carnival of Space #612

Carnival of Space #612 Welcome to the 612th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. We have a fantastic roundup today so now, on to this week’s worth of stories! Universe Today: A Supercomputer has been […]

Juno finds changes in Jupiter’s magnetic field

Juno finds changes in Jupiter’s magnetic field NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter made the first definitive detection beyond our world of an internal magnetic field that changes over time, a phenomenon called secular variation. Juno determined the gas giant’s secular variation is most likely driven by the planet’s deep atmospheric winds. phys.org Go to Source

Advanced civilizations could be communicating with neutrino beams

Advanced civilizations could be communicating with neutrino beams In 1960, famed theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson made a radical proposal. In a paper titled “Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation,” he suggested that advanced extra-terrestrial intelligences (ETIs) could be found by looking for signs of artificial structures so large that they encompass entire star […]

Advanced Civilizations Could be Communicating with Neutrino Beams. Transmitted by Clouds of Satellites Around Neutron Stars or Black Holes

Advanced Civilizations Could be Communicating with Neutrino Beams. Transmitted by Clouds of Satellites Around Neutron Stars or Black Holes In the ongoing search for intelligent life, a new study recommends that we look for signs of an advanced civilization harnessing the power of neutrinos to create a beacon. The post Advanced Civilizations Could be Communicating […]