Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil
The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly ...
Two dynamos drive Jupiter's magnetic field
(Phys.org) —Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times stronger than Earth's, ...
Follow the radio waves to exomoons, astrophysicists say
Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now, physicists ...
Violent solar system history uncovered by WA meteorite
Curtin University planetary scientists have shed some light on the bombardment history of our solar system by studying a unique volcanic meteorite recovered in Western Australia.
Step closer to birth of the Sun
Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun.
IBEX and Voyager spacecraft drive advances in outer heliosphere research
Scientists yesterday highlighted an impressive list of achievements in researching the outer heliosphere at the 40th International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Assembly in Moscow.
A new object at the edge of our Solar System discovered
The Solar System has a new most-distant member, bringing its outer frontier into focus.
Dating the sun's prenatal history can help find life on other planets
Without the sun, there would be no Earth – but amazingly, we don't know the finer details about the prenatal history of our sun, where it was born and if other stars in our galaxy share a similar history.
Evidence of a local hot bubble carved by a supernova
I spent this past weekend backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, where although the snow-swept peaks and the dangerously close wildlife were staggering, the night sky stood in triumph. Without a fire, ...
Planet X myth debunked
It was an elusive planet that for 200 years appeared to explain Uranus's wobbly orbit. And there was the sister sun theorized to be near our solar system that caused asteroids to swerve toward Earth.
Quantum biology: Algae evolved to switch quantum coherence on and off
A UNSW Australia-led team of researchers has discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird quantum phenomenon that occurs during photosynthesis.
Reexamination of Allende meteorite reveals isotopic evidence of supernova
Sunsets on Titan reveal the complexity of hazy exoplanets
(Phys.org) —Scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission have developed a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets by using Saturn's smog-enshrouded moon Titan as a stand-in. The ...
Watery asteroid discovered in dying star points to habitable exoplanets
Astronomers have found the shattered remains of an asteroid that contained huge amounts of water orbiting an exhausted star, or white dwarf. This suggests that the star GD 61 and its planetary system – ...