Rock samples suggest oxygen levels during 'Lomagundi Event' were high enough to support life development progress
20 hours ago report
(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers in the U.S. has found evidence in rock samples that suggests that oxygen levels during the Lomagundi Event were high enough to support the advancement of life on Earth. In their paper ...
Astronomers spot strange, bow-like structure in Venus' atmosphere
22 hours ago
Venus is known both as the "planet of love" and the Earth's "evil twin". And although research suggests its environment is more hellish than romantic, there's actually a lot we don't know about our celestial neighbour. Now ...
Mapping the skies for Earth-like exoplanets
Jan 16, 2017
EU scientists have helped to confirm the existence of Earth-like exoplanets and issued weather reports from planets 1 000 light years away.
Microbes could survive thin air of Mars
Jan 16, 2017
Microbes that rank among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth could survive the extremely thin air of Mars, a new study finds.
Venus rules the dusk skies at greatest elongation
Jan 12, 2017
"What's that bright light in the sky?" The planet Venus never fails to impress, and indeed makes even seasoned observers look twice at its unexpected brilliance. The third brightest natural object in the sky, Venus now rules ...
Simulations suggest Planet Nine may have been a rogue
Jan 12, 2017 report
(Phys.org)—Space researchers James Vesper and Paul Mason with New Mexico State University have given a presentation at this year's American Astronomical Science meeting outlining the results of simulations they have been ...
NASA's newly announced mission could solve the mystery of water on asteroid Psyche
Jan 11, 2017
Discovered in 1852 by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis, Psyche is one of the 10 most massive asteroids in the asteroid belt. Although Psyche is thought to be a world made of metal, scientists have recently detected ...
VLT to search for planets in Alpha Centauri system
Jan 09, 2017
ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the ...
Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star
Jan 07, 2017
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth.
Can garnet planets be habitable?
Jan 06, 2017
What makes a rocky planet Earth-like? Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host stars, and to consider what this reveals ...