New research suggests that the buildings blocks of life — prebiotic molecules — may form in the atmospheres of
A new map of wind patters is so visually stunning it's easily mistaken for art.
With the recent discovery that Europa has geysers, and therefore definitive proof of a liquid ocean, there's a lot of talk
about the possibility of life in the outer solar system. According to a new study, basic life forms can be distributed throughout
the solar system via fragments cast forth by meteroid impacts.
Fast radio bursts — eruptions of extreme energy that occur only once and last a thousandth of a second — may
originate closer to home: nearby flaring stars.
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second planetary system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found.
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For the first time, astronomers are able to accurately simulate galaxies from shortly after the big bang to today by
including a realistic treatment of the effects stars have on their host galaxies.
While our central supermassive black hole Sgr A* lies rather dormant at the moment, new evidence suggests that it
was once a powerful AGN.
A team of European astronomers have related advancements in astronomy to advancements in industry, aerospace, energy, medicine, internation
collaboration, everyday life and humankind.
Shoreline Community College students have the rare chance to peer at lunar samples — six small pieces of rock and soil
enclosed in a petri dish — borrowed from NASA for two weeks.
NASA's newest space shuttle Orion, has been powered on for the first time, marking a major milestone in its preparations for
human space flight.
Last week I held an interview with Dr. Sara Seager — a lead astronomer who has contributed
vastly to the field of exoplanet characterization. This article — a compiled list of approved missions that will continue
the search for habitable worlds — was inspired by our conversation.
Astronomers have now discovered one thousand extrasolar planets, reaching a milestone in modern astronomy.
While many have contributed to this achievement, Dr. Sara Seager of MIT has played a large role over the past
two decades by contributing vastly to the field of exoplanet characterization. The following is a condensed interview I held
with Seager earlier this week.
Warped visions of the cosmic microwave background — the earliest detectable light — allow astronomers to map the
total amount of visible and invisible matter throughout the universe.
While the film "Gravity" is beautiful, I was flabbergasted by Hollywood's need for pure action and its serious
lack of understanding basic physics. Such a well-received film should be accurate while telling a moving story;
"Gravity" fails to do both.
A novel strategy may help astronomers better target extraterrestrial intelligent life. Dr. Michael Gillon,
of the University of Liege in Belgium, proposes an approach that would monitor the regions of nearby stars to search
for interstellar communication devices.
With the release of the fith Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it's clear that climate
change is very real, but it's especially clear that we are the cause. So here's my advice to every young individual:
aspire for less.
Toward the end of the fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change looked toward our future, focusing
on the climate after the year 2100. Here, Universe Today, explores two extreme scenarios for the Earth by 2100.
An international team of astronomers have used data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes to create the
first map of clouds on an exoplanet.
Astronomers may soon be able to observe the shockwaves between the magnetic fields of exoplanets and the flow of particles
from the stars they orbit.
The densest galaxy in the local universe may have been found.
From the Cat's Eye to the Eskimo, planetary nebulae are arguably among the most dazzling objects in the universe. Atronomers now argue
that some of the most exotic shapes are the result of not one, but two stars at the center.
A new study takes a theoretical look at habitability — exploring the key components that may make exomoons
livable. While stellar and planetary heating play a large role, it's quickly becoming clear that the magnetic
environments of exomoons may be even more critical.
Io — Jupiter's innermost Galilean moon — is the most geologically active body in the solar system.
Recently a team of astronomers set out to better constrain Io's atmosphere, detecting two new elements.
While our planet provides the protection necessary from harful space radiation, not all planets are quite so lucky. Take for instance Kepler's
latest object of interest: KIC 12557548b, a super Mercury-size planet candidate. Astronomers have recently found that due to this star's
activity — producing massive stellar flares — the planet itself is evaporating.
Sgr A* will only swallow cold gas, rejecting plenty of hotter gas. Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray telescope have found that less than
1 percent of the gas available to Sgr A* actually accretes on to the black hole.
The inclusion of magnetic fields in exoplanet atmospheric models significantly changes, and actually simplies, the atmospheric circulation
of hot Jupiters.
Astronomers have verified that Mrk 273 is the result of a merger between galaxies, with the infrared bright center consisting of two active
galactic nuclei — intensely luminous cores powered by supermassive black holes.
The Universe is sizzling with undiscovered phenomena. Only last month astronomers heard four unexpected bumps in the night. Astronomers have found
a likely origin for these so-called Fast Radio Bursts: two neutron stars colliding.
New research explains how a supermassive black hole might begin as a normal black hole, tens to hundreds of solar masses, and slowly accrete more
matter, becoming more massive over time. The trick is in looking at a binary black hole system.
When it comes to mars, the hot topic of study is water — a prerequisite for life. Scientists at Caltech have just now confirmed the long-held hope
in finding recent evidence for a vast Martian ocean.
For the first time we have observed a cloud of gas being ripped apart by the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy in a process that will take
a full year.
Astronomers have observed the largest forming protostar ever seen in our galaxy, weighing in at 500 times the mass of the sun and one million times
A recent survey used archival data from four different telescopes to analyze hundreds of galaxies. The results provided overwhelming evidence that radio
jets protruding from a galactic center enhance star formation — a result that directly contradicts current models, where star formation is hindered or even
A new study suggests that the number of habitable exoplanets within the Milky Way alone may reach 60 billion.
A team of researchers modeled supernovae explosions and the formation of neutron stars in three dimensions with unprecedented accuracy. It's a bold,
new look into the center of the supernova explosion and the birth of a neutron star.
The latest exciting undertaking in exoplanet research is the search for exomoons. After having theoretically proven that detecting an earth-sized exomoon
is possible, a team of astronomers carried out the first detailed search for an exomoon.
Greetings, from the Kitt Peak National Observatory, in Arizona! I'm here on a weeklong observing run, which is arguably the coolest
and hardest part of the
Astronomers at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Poland recently observed a blue straggler caught in the midst of forming, lending credence to
the theory that they emerge from binary pairs.
In "The Grand Design," Stephen Hawking makes the radical claim that philosophy is "dead," because it hasn't kept up with recent
developments in science. In reality physics is a very complex process with many outstanding questions. We now have the
opportunity to re-unite physics and philosophy — to find a link between understanding reality and reality itself.
A new study sheds light on how hypervelocity stars end up breaking the stellar speed limit. It's likely they are kicked out of binary pairs when the
other star undergoes a supernova explosion.
Recent images from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal a much more complex structure of the Ring Nebula than previously thought.
Both Buddhist philosophy and scientific investigation search for Truth based on empirical means only. They are willing to discard accepted or long-held
positions if empirical evidence stands in contradiction.
The human intellect is human. It is characteristically flawed, as well as finite in nature. But it certainly makes life worth living.
Astronomers have directly imaged not one but four exoplanets, allowing them to directly detect their atmospheres, noting key elements.
We constantly strive toward Truth, asking questions, finding answers, and asking more questions. Sheer curiosity is our driving
force — a compulsion that,in my eyes, makes life worth living.
A clockwork universe, which follows from Newton's laws of motions, gives rise to the notion of determinism.
Most astronomers I come across on a daily basis have a never-ending love for astronomy. It can be seen in the late nights worked and their
incessant need to talk about their research. So I wanted to dedicate an article to this single question: why do you love astronomy?
The Kepler mission is suggesting that thousands of multiplanet systems exist in the Milky Way galaxy.
The photometric precision of Kepler now makes the detection of Earth-sized exomoons possible. Astronomers suggest that it will be possible to constrain an exomoon's habitability based on the data available soley at the time they're discovery is confirmed.