Seeing baby stars at every stage of their formation

Seeing baby stars at every stage of their formation Stars form from the collapse of dense clouds of gas and dust, which makes it very hard for astronomers to watch the process unfold. Recently the ALMA telescope has revealed a treasure trove of embryonic stars in the Taurus Molecular Cloud, illuminating how baby stars are […]

Broken cable damages giant radio telescope in Puerto Rico

Broken cable damages giant radio telescope in Puerto Rico A broken cable caused severe damage at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, causing a suspension of operations for one of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes, officials said Tuesday. phys.org Go to Source

InSight’s Mole Is In!

InSight’s Mole Is In! The InSight lander is making progress on Mars. After many months of struggle and careful adaptation, the InSight lander’s ‘Mole’ is finally into the ground. There’s still more delicate work to be done, and they’re not at operating depth yet. But after such a long, arduous affair, this feels like a […]

The Martian Sky Pulses in Ultraviolet Every Night

The Martian Sky Pulses in Ultraviolet Every Night There’s a surprising phenomenon taking place in Mars’ atmosphere: during the spring and fall seasons on the Red Planet, large areas of the sky pulse in ultraviolet light, exactly three times every night.   “The ultraviolet glow … is as bright in the ultraviolet as Earth’s northern […]

NASA’s planet Hunter completes its primary mission

NASA’s planet Hunter completes its primary mission On July 4, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission, imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey. In capturing this giant mosaic, TESS has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2,100 […]

Radio relics detected in the galaxy cluster SPT-CL J2032−5627

Radio relics detected in the galaxy cluster SPT-CL J2032−5627 Using the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), astronomers have performed observations of a cluster of galaxies known as SPT-CL J2032−5627. They identified two radio relics that could improve our knowledge about this cluster. The finding is reported in a paper published August 3 on arXiv.org. […]

Classifying galaxies with artificial intelligence

Classifying galaxies with artificial intelligence Astronomers have applied artificial intelligence (AI) to ultra-wide field-of-view images of the distant Universe captured by the Subaru Telescope, and have achieved a very high accuracy for finding and classifying spiral galaxies in those images. This technique, in combination with citizen science, is expected to yield further discoveries in the […]

Mystery solved: Bright areas on Ceres come from salty water below

Mystery solved: Bright areas on Ceres come from salty water below NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gave scientists extraordinary close-up views of the dwarf planet Ceres, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. By the time the mission ended in October 2018, the orbiter had dipped to less than 22 miles (35 kilometers) […]

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study The dwarf planet Ceres—long believed to be a barren space rock—is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday. phys.org Go to Source

Inside the ice giants of space

Inside the ice giants of space A new theoretical method paves the way to modeling the interior of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, thanks to computer simulations on the water contained within them. The tool, developed by scientists from SISSA in Trieste and the University of California at Los Angeles and recently published in […]

A magnetar has been discovered throwing off bizarre blasts of radiation. Is this where fast radio bursts come from?

A magnetar has been discovered throwing off bizarre blasts of radiation. Is this where fast radio bursts come from? Magnetars are the ultimate aggressive star: intense magnetic fields, massive outbursts, the works. We’ve known that magnetars are capable of producing some of the most powerful blasts in the cosmos, but new observations reveal a different […]

Globular cluster Palomar 3 probed by Russian astronomers

Globular cluster Palomar 3 probed by Russian astronomers By conducting deep photometric and medium-resolution spectroscopic observations, Russian astronomers have investigated Palomar 3, a distant galactic globular cluster. Results of this observational campaign provide more insights into the properties of this cluster, which could be essential in improving our understanding of its origin. The study was […]

Image: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 4907

Image: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 4907 The barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 4907 shows its starry face from 270 million light-years away to anyone who can see it from the Northern Hemisphere. This is a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the face-on galaxy, displaying its beautiful spiral arms, wound loosely around its […]