Magnetic Fields Help Shape the Formation of New Planets

Magnetic Fields Help Shape the Formation of New Planets In all of scientific modeling, the models attempting to replicate planetary and solar system formation are some of the most complicated.  They are also notoriously difficult to develop.  Normally they center around one of two formative ideas: planets are shaped primarily by gravity or planets are […]

Podcast Extra: How to Become an Astronaut

Podcast Extra: How to Become an Astronaut As the European Space Agency gears up to opening its next recruitment campaign from 31 March to 28 May 2021, we take you through: The entry requirements The selection process The missions successful candidates are expected to fly The first astronaut recruitment trawl for candidates with physical disabilities […]

Juno Just Saw a Spacerock Crash Into Jupiter

Juno Just Saw a Spacerock Crash Into Jupiter Timing is extraordinarily important in many aspects of astronomy.  If an astronomer or their instrument is looking the wrong way at the wrong time they could miss something spectacular.  Alternatively, there are moments when our instruments capture something unexpected in regions of space that we were searching […]

THYME project discovers a sub-Neptune exoplanet orbiting young star

THYME project discovers a sub-Neptune exoplanet orbiting young star Astronomers report the discovery of a new sub-Neptune exoplanet as part of the TESS Hunt for Young and Maturing Exoplanets (THYME) program. The newly found alien world, designated HD 110082 b, is about three times larger than the Earth and orbits a relatively young star. The […]

Supercomputer turns back cosmic clock

Supercomputer turns back cosmic clock Astronomers have tested a method for reconstructing the state of the early universe by applying it to 4000 simulated universes using the ATERUI II supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). They found that together with new observations, the method can set better constraints on inflation, one of […]

In search of super-Earths: Spectrograph CRIRES+ at ESO’s Very Large Telescope

In search of super-Earths: Spectrograph CRIRES+ at ESO’s Very Large Telescope The astronomy research instrument CRIRES+ is designed to study planets outside our solar system. It is now in operation at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The Institute of Astrophysics at the University of Göttingen is part of the […]

ASASSN-18aan is an unusual cataclysmic variable, study finds

ASASSN-18aan is an unusual cataclysmic variable, study finds An international team of astronomers has performed photometric and spectroscopic observations of a binary star system known as ASASSN-18aan and have found that the object is an unusual cataclysmic variable with a relatively long orbital period. The findings were presented February 9 on the arXiv pre-print server. […]

Planetary scientists discover evidence for a reduced atmosphere on ancient Mars

Planetary scientists discover evidence for a reduced atmosphere on ancient Mars Both Earth and Mars currently have oxidising atmospheres, which is why iron-rich materials in daily life develop rust (a common name for iron oxide) during the oxidation reaction of iron and oxygen. The Earth has had an oxidising atmosphere for approximately 2.5 billion years, […]

The Surprising Discovery of Ceramic Chips Inside Meteorites Means There Were Wild Temperature Variations In the Early Solar System

The Surprising Discovery of Ceramic Chips Inside Meteorites Means There Were Wild Temperature Variations In the Early Solar System Meteorites are excellent windows into early solar system formation.  Many were formed in the those early days, and unlike rocks on the Earth, most are not affected by billions of years of tectonic activity that wipes […]

A Combined Map of Almost 15,000 Dust Storms on Mars

A Combined Map of Almost 15,000 Dust Storms on Mars Data in the world of astronomy is spread out in so many different places.  There are archives for instruments on individual spacecraft and telescopes.  Sometimes all that is needed to get new insight out of old data is to collect it all together and analyze […]