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Hubble Finds Tiny “Electric Soccer Balls” in Space, Helps Solve Interstellar Mystery

June 26, 2019

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the presence of electrically-charged molecules in space shaped like soccer…
New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System

March 15, 2019

Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer…
What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System

March 13, 2019

Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too.…
Cosmic dust forms in supernovae blasts

February 27, 2019

Scientists claim to have solved a longstanding mystery as to how cosmic dust, the building blocks of stars…
Earth’s dust cloud satellites confirmed

October 30, 2018

A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists may have confirmed two elusive clouds of dust, in semi-stable points…
Nearby Supernova Sheds Light on Ancient Dust

October 18, 2018

Thanks to two allocations of Director’s Discretionary Time and a successful Fast-Turnaround program, an international team (including Gemini…
Space dust, not aliens: Two UW astronomers assist in new research on ‘mysterious’ star

January 5, 2018

Turns out, it’s probably not a vast, orbiting alien megastructure that causes distant star KIC 8462852 to dim…
New Study Maps Space Dust in 3-D

March 23, 2017

Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny—a big bundle of debris amassed from exploded…
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust

March 16, 2017

In the center of a distant galaxy, almost 300 million light years from Earth, scientists have discovered a…
Astronomers watch star clusters spewing out dust

December 2, 2016

Galaxies are often thought of as sparkling with stars, but they also contain gas and dust. Now, a…
Student-built dust counter got few “hits” on Pluto flyby

March 20, 2016

A student-built University of Colorado Boulder instrument riding on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft found only a handful of…
Dust grains could be remnants of stellar explosions billions of years ago

March 11, 2016

Microscopic dust particles have been found in meteoritic material on Earth, particles that were likely formed in stellar…
All we are is dust in the interstellar wind

March 11, 2016

Cosmic dust is not simply something to sweep under the rug and forget about. Instead, National Science Foundation…
Instrument will reveal stars 25,000 light years away

December 11, 2015

By the end of next year, astronomers will deploy the Southern Hemisphere’s first state-of-the art infrared spectrograph, capable…
Football molecule: Old astronomic riddle on the way to be solved

July 17, 2015

Scientists at the University of Basel were able to identify for the first time a molecule responsible for…
Mysterious dust jet from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

April 22, 2015

Comets eject gas and dust into space. Primarily, this takes place on the areas of the comet’s surface…
Earthlike ‘Star Wars’ Tatooines may be common

March 30, 2015

Luke Skywalker’s home in “Star Wars” is the desert planet Tatooine, with twin sunsets because it orbits two…
As It Turns Out, We Really Are All Starstuff

March 24, 2015

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in…
Update: NASA spacecraft detects aurora and mysterious dust cloud around Mars

March 19, 2015

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an…
More than a million stars are forming in a mysterious dusty gas cloud in a nearby galaxy

March 19, 2015

More than a million young stars are forming in a hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a…
Cosmic dust discs withstand hellfire

March 12, 2015

A team of scientists led by astronomers at the University of Bonn discovered an unusual phenomenon in the…
Astronomers find dust in the early universe

March 3, 2015

Dust plays an extremely important role in the universe – both in the formation of planets and new…
Swarms of Pluto-Size Objects Kick Up Dust around Adolescent Sun-Like Star

December 12, 2014

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) may have detected the dusty hallmarks of an entire family…
Dust from a comet has been discovered for the first time on the Earth’s surface

December 10, 2014

A combined team of researchers from Japan and the U.S. has found particles of comet dust in ice…
Stardust Not Likely to Block Planet Portraits

December 3, 2014

Planet hunters received some good news recently. A new study concluded that, on average, sun-like stars aren’t all…
Magnetic Fields Reduce Galactic Star Formation Rates

December 1, 2014

It may seem very obvious at a first glance: the more gas there is in the interstellar medium,…
3D Dust Mapping Reveals that Orion Forms Part of a Large Ring of Dust

November 21, 2014

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, sometimes called simply the Orion Complex, consists of multiple bright nebulae, dark clouds, and young…
NRL Scientists Discover “Out of this World” Particles on NASA Stardust Collector

October 3, 2014

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) research physicist Dr. Rhonda Stroud and materials engineer Dr. Nabil Bassim are part…
Update: Cosmic Forecast: Dark Clouds Will Give Way to Sunshine

September 4, 2014

Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on…
Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

September 1, 2014

Stars are made mostly of hydrogen and helium, but they also contain trace amounts of other elements, such…
Update: Mysteries of space dust from the Stardust mission revealed

September 1, 2014

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to…
The interstellar dust particles from the Stardust mission show great variations in their elemental composition and structure

August 15, 2014

The space between the stars is not empty, but filled with interstellar matter – gas and dust particles.…
Seven tiny grains captured by Stardust likely visitors from interstellar space

August 15, 2014

Since 2006, when NASA’s Stardust spacecraft delivered its aerogel and aluminum foil dust collectors to Earth, a team…
Mysteries of space dust revealed: a first look at suspected extra-solar particles

August 15, 2014

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back…
New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery

August 15, 2014

An international team of sky scholars, including a key researcher from Johns Hopkins, has produced new maps of…
Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles

August 15, 2014

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the…
A distinct coma surrounds comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen from Rosetta

August 1, 2014

Less than a week before Rosetta’s rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, images obtained by OSIRIS, the spacecraft’s onboard scientific…
VLT clears up dusty mystery

July 10, 2014

The origin of cosmic dust in galaxies is still a mystery [1]. Astronomers know that supernovae may be…
3D map shows dusty structure of the Milky Way

June 23, 2014

A team of international astronomers has created a detailed three-dimensional map of the dusty structure of the Milky…
Gigantic Explosion Buried in Dust: ALMA Probes Environment around Gamma Ray Bursts

June 12, 2014

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of researchers reports the first-ever detection of molecular gas…
Pitch Black: Cosmic Clumps Cast the Darkest Shadows

May 22, 2014

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded.…
Birth of a star in double-quick time

May 19, 2014

Astronomers have undertaken a new survey of the plane of our Milky Way and discovered a large quantity…
NASA Simulator Successfully Recreates Space Dust

May 8, 2014

A team of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has successfully reproduced, right here…
Update: Astronomers complete cosmic dust census

March 19, 2014

An international team of astronomers has completed a benchmark study of more than 300 galaxies, producing the largest…
Herschel completes largest survey of cosmic dust in local Universe

March 19, 2014

The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from ESA’s Herschel space observatory,…
Image: Star factory NGC 7538

March 5, 2014

Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE. Acknowledgements: Cassie Fallscheer (University of Victoria), Mike Reid (University of Toronto) and the Herschel HOBYS team…
New Technique Could Be Used to Search Space Dust for Life’s Ingredients

February 4, 2014

While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in…
Recent study suggests space dust carries water and organic compounds

January 27, 2014

Researchers from the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST),…
Solar wind and space dust create new source of water, laboratory study suggests

January 22, 2014

New source of water? luc_viatour Water ice is the most abundant solid material in the universe. Much of it…
Supernova’s Super Dust Factory Imaged with ALMA

January 7, 2014

Galaxies can be remarkably dusty places and supernovas are thought to be a primary source of that dust,…
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