Phobos and Deimos: Two Moons, From One Source?

Phobos and Deimos: Two Moons, From One Source? Running the clock back on the enigmatic pair of Martian moons Phobos and Deimos gives researchers insight to their possible origin. A recent study provides crucial clues on the possible ‘origin story’ for the two tiny moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos. Modern astronomy provides us with […]

This Is What Rolling Blackouts Look Like From Space

This Is What Rolling Blackouts Look Like From Space Extreme winter weather hit Texas hard this February. An air mass from the arctic extended deep into the United States from Canada, with disastrous results for the ordinarily warm state. Along with snow and unusually low temperatures, the state’s capacity for power generation was significantly reduced […]

Perseverance Seen From Space by ESA’s ExoMars Orbiter

Perseverance Seen From Space by ESA’s ExoMars Orbiter A little over a week ago (February 18th, 2021), NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in the Jezero crater on the surface of Mars. In what was truly a media circus, people from all over the world tuned to watch the live coverage of the rover landing. When Perseverance […]

ESA is Working on a Mission to Explore Caves on the Moon

ESA is Working on a Mission to Explore Caves on the Moon Infrastructure is going to be one of the biggest components of any permanent human settlement on the moon.  NASA Artemis missions are focused directly on building up the facilities and processes necessary to support a moon base.  ESA is also contributing both material […]

A Review of “Extraterrestrial” by Prof. Avi Loeb

A Review of “Extraterrestrial” by Prof. Avi Loeb On October 19th, 2017, astronomers from the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar object in our Solar System. In honor of the observatory that first spotted it, this object (designated 1I/2017 U1) was officially named ‘Oumuamua by the IAU – a Hawaiian […]

Did Ancient Martian Life Eat Rocks For Food?

Did Ancient Martian Life Eat Rocks For Food? Some lucky astronomers get to work with some of the rarest material in the world.  Real Martian meteorites are extraordinarily rare, but are invaluable in terms of understanding Martian geology. Now, one of the most famous meteorites, nicknamed “Black Beauty”, is helping shed light on a much […]

Some Earth Life Could Already Survive on Mars

Some Earth Life Could Already Survive on Mars Mars’ surface is a harsh environment for life.  But life on Earth is notoriously resilient as well.  No one is quite sure yet how microbes from Earth would fare on the Martian surface.  However, the impact of a potential transmigration of microbes to the red planet could […]

One Type of Fast Radio Bursts… Solved?

One Type of Fast Radio Bursts… Solved? Every now and then there is a burst of radio light in the sky. It lasts for just milliseconds before fading. It’s known as a Fast Radio Burst (FRB), and they are difficult to observe and study. We know they are powerful bursts of energy, but we aren’t […]

The Core Of The Milky Way Is An Extreme Place

The Core Of The Milky Way Is An Extreme Place Astronomers always like to look at incredibly violent places.  Violence, in the astronomical sense, makes for rare conditions that can explain much about our universe.  One of the violent places that astronomers love to study is the center of our Milky Way galaxy.  Now, astronomers […]

Titan’s Atmosphere Recreated in an Earth Laboratory

Titan’s Atmosphere Recreated in an Earth Laboratory Beyond Earth, the general scientific consensus is that the best place to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life is Mars. However, it is by no means the only place. Aside from the many extrasolar planets that have been designated as “potentially-habitable,” there are plenty of other candidates right […]

Our Part of the Galaxy is Packed with Binary Stars

Our Part of the Galaxy is Packed with Binary Stars Binary star systems are everywhere. They make up a huge percentage of all known solar systems: from what we can tell, about half of all Sun-like stars have a binary partner. But we haven’t really had a chance to study them in detail yet. That’s […]

There was a Secret Code in the Perseverance Parachute

There was a Secret Code in the Perseverance Parachute A secret coded message was hidden on the gigantic parachute used to land the Perseverance rover safely on the surface on Mars. And no, it wasn’t a clandestine message to the Martians. It was a message of inspiration for us humans. But it also came as […]

New study suggests supermassive black holes could form from dark matter

New study suggests supermassive black holes could form from dark matter A new theoretical study has proposed a novel mechanism for the creation of supermassive black holes from dark matter. The international team find that rather than the conventional formation scenarios involving ‘normal’ matter, supermassive black holes could instead form directly from dark matter in […]