Jupiter Could Make an Ideal Dark Matter Detector

Jupiter Could Make an Ideal Dark Matter Detector So, you want to find dark matter, but you don’t know where to look? A giant planet might be exactly the kind of particle detector you need! Luckily, our solar system just happens to have a couple of them available, and the biggest and closest is Jupiter. […]

What are the Best Ways to Search for Technosignatures?

What are the Best Ways to Search for Technosignatures? The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has long roots in human history.  With the advent of modern technologies, scientists were finally able to start scanning the skies for any sign of life.  When the search first started back in the 1960s, it focused almost exclusively on […]

Here’s a Strange Rock That Perseverance Shot With its Laser

Here’s a Strange Rock That Perseverance Shot With its Laser Perseverance has been busy lately.  After testing its systems out, taking the first sound recording ever on the Red Planet, and dropping off its helicopter sidekick, now it has the opportunity to work on its primary mission: stare at some rocks.  And occasionally zap them […]

Uranus X-Rays are Probably Reflected Sunlight, but There Could be Another Source as Well

Uranus X-Rays are Probably Reflected Sunlight, but There Could be Another Source as Well X-rays offer a unique insight into the astronomical world.  Invisible to the naked eye, most commonly they are thought of as the semi-dangerous source of medical scans.  However, X-ray observatories, like the Chandra X-ray Observatory are capable of seeing astronomical features […]

A new way to see Inside Neutron Stars

A new way to see Inside Neutron Stars Imagine trying to study an object light-years away that is less than 20 kilometers in diameter. The object is so dense that it’s made of material that can’t exist naturally on Earth. This is the challenge astronomers face when studying neutron stars, so they have to devise […]

A Lake in a Martian Crater was Once Filled by Glacial Runoff

A Lake in a Martian Crater was Once Filled by Glacial Runoff All across the Martian surface, there are preserved features that tell the story of what Mars once looked like. These include channels that were carved by flowing water, delta fans where water deposited sediment over time, and lakebeds where clay and hydrated minerals […]

TESS has Found 2,200 Potential Exoplanets so far

TESS has Found 2,200 Potential Exoplanets so far Exoplanetology has been on a tear recently.  This is largely due to an abundance of data collected by a new generation of satellites, one of which is the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).  Now the project has reached a new milestone with another release of data – […]

If Astronomers see Isoprene in the Atmosphere of an Alien World, There’s a Good Chance There’s Life There

If Astronomers see Isoprene in the Atmosphere of an Alien World, There’s a Good Chance There’s Life There It is no exaggeration to say that the study of extrasolar planets has exploded in recent decades. To date, 4,375 exoplanets have been confirmed in 3,247 systems, with another 5,856 candidates awaiting confirmation. In recent years, exoplanet […]