Solar cycle 25 has begun

Solar cycle 25 has begun In the past one and a half years, the sun has been rather dull: hardly a sunspot covered its surface, hardly a solar flare hurled radiation and particles into space. As observational data now show, for the last nine months solar activity has been slowly picking up again. Already in […]

Scientist searches for stellar phosphorus to find potentially habitable exoplanets

Scientist searches for stellar phosphorus to find potentially habitable exoplanets A Southwest Research Institute scientist has identified stellar phosphorus as a probable marker in narrowing the search for life in the cosmos. She has developed techniques to identify stars likely to host exoplanets, based on the composition of stars known to have planets, and proposes […]

Unraveling a spiral stream of dusty embers from a massive binary stellar forge

Unraveling a spiral stream of dusty embers from a massive binary stellar forge With almost two decades of mid-infrared (IR) imaging from the largest observatories around the world including the Subaru Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to capture the spiral motion of newly formed dust streaming from the massive and evolved binary star […]

Astronomers discover a 2-km asteroid orbiting closer to the sun than Venus

Astronomers discover a 2-km asteroid orbiting closer to the sun than Venus Astronomers have painstakingly built models of the asteroid population, and those models predict that there will be ~1 km-sized asteroids that orbit closer to the sun than Venus does. The problem is, nobody’s been able to find one—until now. phys.org Go to Source

Five new giant radio galaxies discovered

Five new giant radio galaxies discovered With the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have detected five new giant radio galaxies (GRGs). The new GRGs have sizes ranging from 2.3 to 2.6 million light years, and have been identified at redshift between 0.28 and 0.43. The finding is reported in a paper published September 8 on […]

How scientists around the world track the solar cycle

How scientists around the world track the solar cycle Every morning, astronomer Steve Padilla takes a short walk from his home to the base of a tower that soars 150 feet above the ground. Tucked in the San Gabriel Mountains, about an hour’s drive north from Los Angeles, the Mount Wilson Observatory has long been […]

The Milky Way is Already Starting to Digest the Magellanic Clouds, Starting With Their Protective Halos of Hot Gas

The Milky Way is Already Starting to Digest the Magellanic Clouds, Starting With Their Protective Halos of Hot Gas Massive galaxies like our Milky Way gain mass by absorbing smaller galaxies. The Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud are irregular dwarf galaxies that are gravitationally bound to the Milky Way. Both the clouds […]

Elements of surprise: Neutron stars contribute little, but something’s making gold, research finds

Elements of surprise: Neutron stars contribute little, but something’s making gold, research finds Neutron star collisions do not create the quantity of chemical elements previously assumed, a new analysis of galaxy evolution finds. The research also reveals that current models can’t explain the amount of gold in the cosmos—creating an astronomical mystery. The work has […]

Venus: Could it really harbour life? New study springs a surprise

Venus: Could it really harbour life? New study springs a surprise Earth’s sister planet, Venus, has not been regarded as a high priority in the search for life. Its surface temperature of around 450°C is thought to be hostile to even the hardiest of micro-organisms, and its thick, sulfurous and acidic atmosphere has kept the […]

Radio relic discovered in a nearby galaxy cluster

Radio relic discovered in a nearby galaxy cluster Using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa, an international team of astronomers has detected a radio relic in a nearby, low-mass, merging galaxy cluster designated A2384. The finding is reported in a research paper published September 6 on the arXiv pre-print repository. phys.org Go to Source

#99 – September 2020 Part 2

#99 – September 2020 Part 2 The Discussion: No time for discussions, we’ve important news to discuss! The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: Rocket Lab lowering the cost of small launches SpaceX accelerating development of super heavy lift Vera Rubin Telescope takes a step closer Main news story: A new detection […]

Did Scientists Just Find Signs of Life on Venus?

Did Scientists Just Find Signs of Life on Venus? A team of scientists has just published a paper announcing their discovery of a peculiar chemical in the cloudtops of Venus. As far as scientists can tell, this chemical, called phosphine, could only be produced by living processes on a planet like Venus. So the whole […]