Search results for Kuiper Belt

Planetary Sciences Apr 18, 2024

Are Titan's dunes made of comet dust?

A new theory suggests that Titan's majestic dune fields may have come from outer space. Researchers had always assumed that the sand making up Titan's dunes was locally made, through erosion or condensed from atmospheric ...

Planetary Sciences Apr 10, 2024

If Europa has geysers, they're very faint

In 2013, the Hubble Space Telescope spotted water vapor on Jupiter's moon Europa. The vapor was evidence of plumes similar to the ones on Saturn's moon Enceladus. That, and other compelling evidence, showed that the moon ...

Astrobiology Apr 1, 2024

Meteorites: Why study them? What can they teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has explored the importance of studying impact craters, planetary surfaces, exoplanets, astrobiology, solar physics, comets, planetary atmospheres, planetary geophysics, and cosmochemistry, and how this myriad ...

Planetary Sciences Mar 31, 2024

Distant 'space snowman' unlocks mystery of how some dormant deep space objects become 'ice bombs'

A new study is shaking up what scientists thought they knew about distant objects in the far reaches of the solar system, starting with an object called the space snowman.

Astronomy Mar 14, 2024

Study reveals ancient ice may still exist in distant space objects

A paper recently published in Icarus presents findings about the Kuiper Belt Object 486958 Arrokoth, shedding new light on the preservation of volatile substances like carbon monoxide (CO) in such distant celestial bodies.

Planetary Sciences Mar 6, 2024

Scientists use James Webb Space Telescope to uncover clues about Neptune's evolution

A ring of icy rocks orbiting our sun just beyond Neptune may give us a glimpse of how Neptune—and other objects in the outskirts of our solar system—were formed.

Planetary Sciences Mar 4, 2024

James Webb Space Telescope captures the end of planet formation

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is helping scientists uncover how planets form by advancing understanding of their birthplaces and the circumstellar disks surrounding young stars.

Space Exploration Mar 1, 2024

When an object like 'Oumuamua comes around again, we could be ready with an interstellar object explorer

On October 19th, 2017, astronomers with the Pann-STARRS survey observed an interstellar object passing through our system—1I/2017 U1 'Oumuamua. This was the first time an ISO was detected, confirming that such objects pass ...

Astronomy Feb 20, 2024

NASA's New Horizons detects dusty hints of extended Kuiper Belt

New observations from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft hint that the Kuiper Belt—the vast, distant outer zone of our solar system populated by hundreds of thousands of icy, rocky planetary building blocks—might stretch ...

Astronomy Feb 15, 2024

Scientists find evidence of geothermal activity within icy dwarf planets

A team co-led by Southwest Research Institute found evidence for hydrothermal or metamorphic activity within the icy dwarf planets Eris and Makemake, located in the Kuiper Belt. Methane detected on their surfaces has the ...

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