Space

Could There Be Life On Saturn's Moons? New Discovery By Cassini Spacecraft Raises Hopes.

Life may be common amongst the stars, but perhaps very far away. But new research published in Nature hints that it could be much closer than we expected. And it may be on a world of water and ice.  It seems that in a posthumous gift to humanity, the celeb ...

Article - Benjamin Janaway - Jul 11 2018 - 7:30am

RCW 38 Captured By The Very Large Telescope

By using infrared wavelengths, the HAWK-I infrared imager mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile was able to capture this image of the star cluster RCW 38. RCW 38 is over 5,00 light years away (look toward the constellation Vela) and is ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 12 2018 - 8:55am

Milky Way Galaxy 1- 0 Sausage Galaxy

A cosmic crash 8 billion to 10 billion years ago was a defining event in the early history of the Milky Way and reshaped the structure of our galaxy. The Sausage Galaxy lost and the Milky Way won, fashioning both its inner bulge and its outer halo. The wre ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 12 2018 - 2:05pm

Maybe The Oumuamua Asteroid Is Really A Comet

The asteroid Oumuamua ("scout from the distant past" in Hawaiian) was discovered on October 19, 2017 by astronomers at thr Pan-STARRS1 survey when it came close to Earth's orbit, within the orbit of Mercury, about a month after its closest a ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 14 2018 - 9:21am

Jupiter’s New Moons? Not Really. Moons A Common Sense Definition.

W ith the discovery of a dozen new tiny moons  of Jupiter that planet now has upwards of 79 moons. Are all-natural satellites of a planet moons?  Not really, not unless they are similar to our Moon in objective physical properties.   Many of these moons a ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jul 18 2018 - 6:33am

3.5 Billion Years Ago, Life Could Have Developed On The Moon Instead

The moon is just a big rock in Earth's orbit now but things could have gone a lot differently in the distant past. In fact, there may have been two early windows of habitability for Luna. In a new paper, astrobiologists say conditions on the lunar sur ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 23 2018 - 2:33pm

Exoplanets Where Life Could Develop As It Did On Earth

Though evidence to-date shows we are the first advanced species, at least in our cosmic neighborhood, that doesn't mean it can't happen elsewhere. It is absolutely likely, because according to one estimate there are as many as 700 million trillio ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 30 2018 - 8:05am

These Hotspots Can Last For Millions Of Years

You may have trouble finding a hotspot in that store you are visiting, but there is one place they are persistent: inside neutron stars. A new study shows that instabilities can create intense magnetic hot spots that survive for millions of years, even aft ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 31 2018 - 6:33am

Guest Post: Alessandro De Angelis, Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

I am very happy to host here today an article by my INFN colleague Alessandro de Angelis, a well-known and authoritative italian astrophysicist. Alessandro has recently published a beautiful new book on this subject, which I invite you to have a look at ( ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 15 2018 - 11:01am

Peering Into The Void: Cosmic Web Reveals This Part Of The Early Universe Had Almost No Matter!

About 1 billion years after the Big Bang, the gas in deep space was highly opaque to ultraviolet light and its transparency varied widely from place to place, obscuring much of the light emitted by distant galaxies. This opaque quality contains tantalizing ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 15 2018 - 8:43am