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April 1, 2020

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Researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global ... read more
Despite Mercury's 400-degree Celsius daytime heat, there is ice at its caps. And now a study shows how that Vulcan scorch probably helps the planet closest to the sun make ... read more
Using data from the Dark Energy Survey, researchers have found and cataloged more than 300 minor planets beyond Neptune, including more than 100 new discoveries. This updated ... read more

Astronomy Student Discovers 17 New Planets, Including Earth-Sized World

An astronomy student has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA's Kepler ... read more
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By measuring iron isotopes, researchers have shown that our planet originally formed much faster than previously thought. This finding provides new insights on both planetary formation and the ... read more

First Research Results on the 'Spectacular Meteorite Fall' of Flensburg

A fireball in the sky, accompanied by a bang, amazed hundreds of eyewitnesses in northern Germany in mid-September last year. The reason for the spectacle was a meteoroid entering the Earth's ... read more

Scientists Pioneer New Way to Study Exoplanets

A team of scientists using the Low Frequency Array radio telescope in the Netherlands has observed radio waves that carry the distinct signatures of aurorae, caused by the interaction between a ... read more

Galactic Cosmic Rays Affect Titan's Atmosphere

Planetary scientists have revealed the secrets of the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The team found a chemical footprint in Titan's atmosphere indicating that cosmic rays ... read more

Data from NASA's New Horizons mission are providing new insights into how planets and planetesimals -- the building blocks of the planets -- were ... read more

The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in its history. Scientists ... read more

Supercharged Light Pulverizes Asteroids

The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according to an ... read more

Scientists have found a new way to analyze the chemistry of the moon's soil using a single grain of dust brought back by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972. Their technique can help us learn more ... read more

A 'beating heart' of frozen nitrogen controls Pluto's winds and may give rise to features on its surface, according to a new ... read more

Scientists have identified low-energy particles lurking near the Sun that likely originated from solar wind interactions well beyond Earth orbit. NASA's Parker Solar Probe is venturing closer to ... read more

Meteorite Chunk Contains Unexpected Evidence of Presolar Grains

An unusual chunk in a meteorite may contain a surprising bit of space history. Presolar grains -- tiny bits of solid interstellar material formed before the sun was born -- are sometimes found in ... read more

Mars' Water Was Mineral-Rich and Salty

Presently, many scientists believe Mars is the best candidate in the search for life beyond Earth because it is relatively nearby and there is good evidence that liquid water flowed on Mars' ... read more

Evidence of Strong Early Magnetic Field Around Earth

New research provides evidence that the magnetic field that first formed around Earth was even stronger than scientists previously believed. The research will help scientists draw conclusions about ... read more

Here and Gone: Outbound Comets Are Likely of Alien Origin

Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also most likely ... read more

'Cold Neptune' and Two Temperate Super-Earths Found Orbiting Nearby Stars

A 'cold Neptune' and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars. The two ... read more

How the Solar System Got Its 'Great Divide,' and Why It Matters for Life on Earth

Scientists have finally scaled the solar system's equivalent of the Rocky Mountain ... read more

Mars: Water Could Disappear Faster Than Expected

The small red planet is losing water more quickly than what theory as well as past observations would suggest. An international research team has just revealed that water vapor is accumulating in ... read more

Planet WASP-12b Is on a Death Spiral, Say Scientists

Astrophysicists have shown that exoplanet WASP-12b, located 600 light-years away, is spiraling in toward certain destruction in about 3 million ... read more

NASA's TESS Mission Uncovers Its First World With Two Stars

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has found its first circumbinary planet, a world orbiting two stars. Called TOI 1338 b, the planet lies 1,300 light-years away and is 6.9 times ... read more

Scientists Map a Planet's Global Wind Patterns for the First Time, and It's Not Earth

A new article documents the global wind patterns on any planet for the first time. Remote repogramming of the MAVEN spacecraft and its NGIMS instrument enabled the data collection. The results reveal ... read more

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