Search results for planetary system

Environment May 25, 2022

Planetary waves, cut-off lows and blocking highs: What's behind record floods across the Southern Hemisphere?

From February to May 2022, many places in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia have seen record-breaking daily and monthly rainfall. Repeated periods of persistent and intense rain have caused devastating and ...

Astronomy May 24, 2022

AI reveals unsuspected math underlying search for exoplanets

Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms trained on real astronomical observations now outperform astronomers in sifting through massive amounts of data to find new exploding stars, identify new types of galaxies and detect ...

Astronomy May 23, 2022

Planets of binary stars as possible homes for alien life

Nearly half of sun-size stars are binary. According to University of Copenhagen research, planetary systems around binary stars may be very different from those around single stars. This points to new targets in the search ...

Astronomy May 23, 2022

CHES survey could detect exoplanets within a few dozen light-years of Earth using astrometry

NASA has indicated that 5,030 extrasolar planets have been confirmed in 3,772 systems, with another 8,974 candidates awaiting confirmation. With next-generation instruments like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) coming ...

Astronomy May 20, 2022

What's it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues

What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturn's moon Titan?

Space Exploration May 20, 2022

Webb telescope nearly set to explore the solar system

As NASA's James Webb Space Telescope moves through the final phases of commissioning its science instruments, we have also begun working on technical operations of the observatory. While the telescope moves through space, ...

Space Exploration May 18, 2022

Engineers investigating NASA's Voyager 1 telemetry data

While the Voyager 1 spacecraft continues to return science data and otherwise operate as normal, the mission team is searching for the source of a system data issue.

Environment May 18, 2022

'Polluted' babies, millions dead: Scientists sound alarm on global pollution

By many measures, modern science has greatly improved the American way of life. Advances in chemistry and other technologies over the past century have made food more affordable and transportation more convenient and paved ...

Environment May 18, 2022

Prompt and accurate information is vital in a pandemic. The climate and biodiversity crises demand the same urgency

Denying the severity of a crisis neither removes nor lessens the problem. Sticking to the status quo because it doesn't suit our work practices, or social and economic norms, not only delays the inevitable, it compounds the ...

Environment May 18, 2022

Four climate change records broken in 2021: WMO State of the Climate Report

Four key climate change indicators—greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification—set new records in 2021. This is yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary ...

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