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 […]

Astronomers detect new super-Earth exoplanet orbiting nearby star

Astronomers detect new super-Earth exoplanet orbiting nearby star Using the radial velocity (RV) technique, astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth alien world as part of the HADES and CARMENES programs. The newfound exoplanet, designated GJ 740 b, orbits a bright star some 36 light-years away and is at least three times more massive than the […]

Magnetic fields drive astrophysical jet shapes

Magnetic fields drive astrophysical jet shapes Outflows of matter are general features stemming from systems powered by compact objects such as black holes, active galactic nuclei, pulsar wind nebulae, accreting objects such as Young Stellar Objects (YSO) and mature stars such as our sun. phys.org Go to Source

NASA’s Webb telescope will capture more stars at higher resolution: What that means for astronomy

NASA’s Webb telescope will capture more stars at higher resolution: What that means for astronomy The combination of high resolution and infrared-detecting instruments on NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will reveal stars that are currently hidden even from the powerful Hubble Space Telescope. The wealth of additional star data will allow astronomers to investigate […]

Perseverance’s Landing … Seen From Orbit!

Perseverance’s Landing … Seen From Orbit! The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has done it again. The imaging team was able to capture the Perseverance rover as it descended through the Martian atmosphere, hanging under its parachute. Stunning. Closeup view of the Mars 2020 descent stage streaking through Mars’ atmosphere on February 18, […]