Researchers find aldehydes in ices meant to simulate interstellar molecular clouds
Bridgmanite: World's most abundant mineral finally named
Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet (WATCH LIVE)
Landing with a bounce after traveling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet—a cosmic first designed to answer ...
Physicist suggests speed of light might be slower than thought
WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no 'Planet X'
(Phys.org) —After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system ...
GRAIL creates most accurate Moon gravity map (w/ video)
(Phys.org)—Twin NASA probes orbiting Earth's moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body.
How researchers listen for gravitational waves
A century ago, Albert Einstein postulated the existence of gravitational waves in his General Theory of Relativity. But until now, these distortions of space-time have remained stubbornly hidden from direct ...
Tidal tugs on Teflon faults drive slow-slipping earthquakes
Unknown to most people, the Pacific Northwest experiences a magnitude-6.6 earthquake about once a year. The reason nobody notices is that the movement happens slowly and deep underground, in a part of the ...
Pluto, now blurry, will become clear with NASA flyby
The best picture we have of Pluto is a blurry, pixelated blob, but that is about to change when a NASA spacecraft makes the first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet.
Distance measurement of a microlensing event
The distance to celestial objects is key to calculating their intrinsic properties like mass and luminosity. Distance, unfortunately, is also one of the most difficult parameters to measure. The most direct ...
Chemists claim to have solved riddle of how life began on Earth
Kepler-432b is a dense, massive celestial body with extreme seasons
Two research groups of Heidelberg astronomers have independently of each other discovered a rare planet. The celestial body, called Kepler-432b, is one of the most dense and massive planets known so far. ...
The two faces of Mars
A moon-sized celestial object that crashed into the south pole: ETH researchers use a simulation to demonstrate why Mars consists of two notably different hemispheres.
The abundance of water in asteroid fragments
A new study could provide insights about the abundance of water in fragments from a famous asteroid.