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Astronomy Nov 25, 2022

Nascent gas giant planets may be lurking in dusty disk

Nurseries for new planets, protostellar disks are oblate swathes of gas and dust that rotate about newly formed stars. The Earth and the other planets in the solar system were birthed from such a disk.

Astronomy Nov 07, 2022

Atmosphere of excitement as Europe's JWST astronomers study climate on other planets

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched on Christmas Day 2021, is already transforming our understanding of planets in our solar system and far beyond. A versatile satellite observatory, JWST has a clear-eyed view ...

Space Exploration Nov 07, 2022

Last total lunar eclipse for three years arrives Tuesday

Better catch the moon's disappearing act Tuesday—there won't be another like it for three years.

Astronomy Oct 28, 2022

Zombie worlds: Five spooky planets orbiting dead stars

All stars, including the sun, have a finite lifetime. Stars shine by the process of nuclear fusion in which lighter atoms, such as hydrogen, fuse together to create heavier ones. This process releases vast quantities of energy ...

Astronomy Oct 05, 2022

A possible explanation for Uranus's odd tilt angle and opposite spin

A small team of researchers with members from Sorbonne Université, the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Pisa and Université Côte d'Azur has developed a theory to explain the odd tilt of Uranus and ...

Nanophysics Sep 14, 2022

New phases of water detected

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that water in a one-molecule layer acts like neither a liquid nor a solid, and that it becomes highly conductive at high pressures.

Space Exploration Sep 06, 2022

Frank Drake has passed away but his equation for alien intelligence is more important than ever

How many intelligent civilizations should there be in our galaxy right now? In 1961, U.S. astrophysicist Frank Drake, who passed away on September 2 at the age of 92, came up with an equation to estimate this. The Drake ...

Space Exploration Sep 05, 2022

Explore the solar system with NASA's new-and-improved 3D 'eyes'

NASA has revamped its "Eyes on the Solar System" 3D visualization tool, making interplanetary travel easier and more interactive than ever. More than two years in the making, the update delivers better controls, improved ...

Materials Science Sep 04, 2022

It's raining diamonds across the universe, research suggests

It could be raining diamonds on planets throughout the universe, scientists suggested Friday, after using common plastic to recreate the strange precipitation believed to form deep inside Uranus and Neptune.

Planetary Sciences Sep 02, 2022

'Diamond rain' on giant icy planets could be more common than previously thought

A new study has found that "diamond rain," a long-hypothesized exotic type of precipitation on ice giant planets, could be more common than previously thought.

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