Mystery of planet-forming disks explained by magnetism
(Phys.org) —Astronomers say that magnetic storms in the gas orbiting young stars may explain a mystery that has persisted since before 2006.
Scientists identify a plasma plume that naturally protects the Earth against solar storms
The Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, stretches from the planet's core out into space, where it meets the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun. For the most part, the magnetosphere ...
Astronomers witness mysterious, never-before-seen disintegration of asteroid
Astronomers have witnessed for the first time the breakup of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. The discovery is published online March 6 in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Stars' clockwork motion captured in nearby galaxy
(Phys.org) —Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars.
NASA solves mystery of Mars 'doughnut' rock
NASA scientists were finally able to explain the origin of the mysterious rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that appeared near the rover Opportunity in early January.
Four new galaxy clusters discovered 10 billion light years from Earth
(Phys.org) —Four unknown galaxy clusters each potentially containing thousands of individual galaxies have been discovered some 10 billion light years from Earth.
Hubble and Cassini get a 360-degree view of Saturn's auroras (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —NASA trained several pairs of eyes on Saturn as the planet put on a dancing light show at its poles. While NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting around Earth, was able to observe the northern ...
Kepler finds a very wobbly planet
(Phys.org) —Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting ...
Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before becoming elliptical
Telescope spies water plumes on dwarf planet Ceres
(Phys.org) —Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
Scientists directly image brown dwarf for the first time at Keck Observatory
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf that can serve ...
Rosetta сomet-chasing probe wakes up, signals Earth
Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander ...
Researchers use Hubble Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds.
International Space station to beam video via laser back to Earth
What's more interesting than videos of cats chasing laser beams over the kitchen floor? How about videos sent OVER laser beams from NASA's International Space Station back to Earth?