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Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond

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People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools…
Supernova observation first of its kind using NASA satellite

July 17, 2019

When NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched into space in April 2018, it did so with a specific…
This image of the giant planet Jupiter, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, reveals the impact sites of fragments "D" and "G" from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. The large feature was created by the impact of fragment "G" on July 18, 1994 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. It entered Jupiter's atmosphere from the south at a 45-degree angle, and the resulting ejecta appears to have been thrown back along that direction. The smaller feature to the left of the fragment "G" impact site was created on July 17, 1994, at 7:45 a.m. EDT by the impact of fragment "D". Credits: H. Hammel, MIT and NASA
How Historic Jupiter Comet Impact Led to Planetary Defense

July 2, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, humanity first witnessed a collision between a comet and a planet. From July 16 to…
Composite image of Uranus’s atmosphere and rings at radio wavelengths, taken with the ALMA array in December 2017. The image shows thermal emission, or heat, from the rings of Uranus for the first time, enabling scientists to determine their temperature: a frigid 77 Kelvin (-320 F). Dark bands in Uranus’s atmosphere at these wavelengths show the presence of molecules that absorb radio waves, in particular hydrogen sulfide gas. Bright regions like the north polar spot (yellow spot at right, because Uranus is tipped on its side) contain very few of these molecules. Image credit: UC Berkeley image by Edward Molter and Imke de Pater
Astronomers see “warm” glow of Uranus’s rings

June 21, 2019

The rings of Uranus are invisible to all but the largest telescopes — they weren’t even discovered until…
New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe

June 18, 2019

Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a…
Where is Earth’s submoon?

January 24, 2019

“Can moons have moons?” This simple question—asked by the four-year old son of Carnegie’s Juna Kollmeier—started it all.…
NASA’s InSight Takes Its First Selfie

December 12, 2018

NASA’s InSight lander isn’t camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first…
Scientists inch closer to revealing mysteries of Red Planet

December 3, 2018

The £635m lander, which came to rest on Mars, will study the makeup and dimensions of the Red…
Kepler Telescope Bids ‘Goodnight’ with Final Commands

November 17, 2018

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to…
How NASA Will Know When InSight Touches Down

November 17, 2018

What’s the sound of a touchdown on Mars? If you’re at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it sounds like…
Jovian Close Encounter

November 13, 2018

A multitude of magnificent, swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dynamic North North Temperate Belt is captured in this image…
Cosmic Detective Work: Why We Care About Space Rocks

November 8, 2018

The entire history of human existence is a tiny blip in our solar system’s 4.5-billion-year history. No one…
Jovian White Oval

October 27, 2018

A swirling, oval white cloud in Jupiter’s South South Temperate Belt is captured in this image from NASA’s…
NASA’s Juno Mission Detects Jupiter Wave Trains

October 24, 2018

Massive structures of moving air that appear like waves in Jupiter’s atmosphere were first detected by NASA’s Voyager…
Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

October 16, 2018

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first…
New extremely distant Solar System object found during hunt for Planet X

October 3, 2018

Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and his colleagues—Northern Arizona University’s Chad Trujillo, and the University of Hawaii’s David Tholen—are once…
Jovian Swirls

September 29, 2018

Clouds in a Jovian jet stream, called Jet N5, swirl in the center of this color-enhanced image from…
Characteristic disc structure from the simulation of a misaligned disc around a spinning black hole. Credit: K. Pounds et al. / University of Leicester
Matter falling into a black hole at 30 percent of the speed of light

September 25, 2018

A UK team of astronomers report the first detection of matter falling into a black hole at 30%…
It’s Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun

August 9, 2018

The Sun contains 99.8 percent of the mass in our solar system. Its gravitational pull is what keeps…
Icy Dunes on Pluto Reveal a Diverse and Dynamic Dwarf Planet

June 9, 2018

Newly discovered dunes on Pluto tell us the dwarf planet’s geology and atmosphere is far more dynamic than…
Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

June 7, 2018

Ever since NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter in March, 1979, scientists have wondered about the origin…
Dawn Mission: New Orbit, New Opportunities

June 1, 2018

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is maneuvering to its lowest-ever orbit for a close-up examination of the inner solar system’s…
Old Data, New Tricks: Fresh Results from NASA’s Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

May 1, 2018

Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft…
Stellar Dust Survey Paves Way for Exoplanet Missions

April 26, 2018

Veils of dust wrapped around distant stars could make it difficult for scientists to find potentially habitable planets…
Search for ‘Earth-sized’ exoplanets

April 26, 2018

On the night between Monday, 16 April and Tuesday, 17 April (at 00.32, on 17 April, Danish time),…
Castaway exoplanet moons behave like cosmic bumper cars

April 25, 2018

In our solar system – diameter, about 11 billion miles – moons stay relatively close to their home…
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, Spotted

April 24, 2018

The color-enhanced image is a combination of three separate images taken on April 1 between 3:09 a.m. PDT…
What Do Uranus’s Cloud Tops Have in Common With Rotten Eggs?

April 24, 2018

Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives rotten eggs their distinctive odor, permeates the upper atmosphere of the planet…
Astrophysics CubeSat Demonstrates Big Potential in a Small Package

April 15, 2018

The ASTERIA satellite, which was deployed into low-Earth orbit in November, is only slightly larger than a box…
What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’

April 13, 2018

Step outside on a clear night, and you can be sure of something our ancestors could only imagine:…
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