Video: Earth as a planet
14 hours ago
Earth is the largest rocky planet in our Solar System, and the only body we know of capable of supporting life. With so much news about exoplanets dominating the headlines, in this episode of Space we take a step back to ...
Satcom-based Planet service boosting special flight operations
14 hours ago
Thanks to ESA, aircraft are using satcoms to share realtime information with other aircraft and ground stations to improve flight operations.
NASA image captures Earth between the rings of Saturn
Apr 21, 2017
A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.
Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land
Apr 20, 2017
When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a statistical model to predict that ...
Our discovery of a minor planet beyond Neptune shows there might not be a 'Planet Nine' after all
Apr 19, 2017
Ever since enthusiasm started growing over the possibility that there could be a ninth major planet orbiting the sun beyond Neptune, astronomers have been busy hunting it. One group is investigating four new moving objects ...
Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing method
Apr 18, 2017 report
(Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a new massive alien world using the gravitational microlensing technique. The newly detected exoplanet, designated MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb, is about three times more massive than Jupiter and ...
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Apr 13, 2017
France and Japan want to recover pieces of a Martian Moon and bring them back to Earth, the head of France's National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) said Thursday.
Earth-sized 'Tatooine' planets could be habitable
Apr 12, 2017
With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in "Star Wars" looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, thanks to observatories such as NASA's Kepler space telescope, we know that two-star systems ...
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Apr 12, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally ...
MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Apr 10, 2017
Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged ...