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April 1, 2020

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Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as 'intermediate-mass,' which betrayed its existence ... 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

18-Hour Year Planet on Edge of Destruction

Astronomers from the University of Warwick have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed for a planet of its ... 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

Citizen Scientists Discover Rare Cosmic Pairing

Citizen scientists have uncovered a bizarre pairing of two brown dwarfs, objects much smaller than the Sun that lack enough mass for nuclear fusion. The discovery, confirmed by astrophysicists, shows ... read more

Scientists Show Solar System Processes Control the Carbon Cycle Throughout Earth's History

This new work sheds fresh light on the complicated interplay of factors affecting global climate and the carbon cycle -- and on what transpired millions of years ago to spark two of the most ... 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

Clues to How Hazardous Space Radiation Begins

Scientists have unlocked one of the mysteries of how particles from flares on the sun accumulate at early stages in the energization of hazardous radiation that is harmful to astronauts, satellites ... 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

Newest Solar Telescope Produces First Images

The National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has released its first images. They reveal unprecedented detail of the sun's surface and preview the world-class products ... read more

Space Super-Storm Likelihood Estimated from Longest Period of Magnetic Field Observations

A 'great' space weather super-storm large enough to cause significant disruption to our electronic and networked systems occurred on average once in every 25 years according to a new ... 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

New Insights About the Brightest Explosions in the Universe

Researchers have, after ten years, found an explanation to the peculiar emission lines seen in one of the brightest supernovae ever observed -- SN 2006gy. At the same time they found an explanation ... 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

Scientists Measure the Evolving Energy of a Solar Flare's Explosive First Minutes

In 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful collision of magnetic energy produced a series of solar flares, causing ... 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

Meteorite Contains the Oldest Material on Earth: 7-Billion-Year-Old Stardust

Scientists have discovered the oldest solid material on Earth: 7-billion-year-old stardust trapped inside a meteorite. This stardust provides evidence for a 'baby boom' of new stars that ... read more

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