Water from moon released due to meteoroid strike

Apr 17, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have found that striking of meteoroids on the Moon releases water vapour for a short time into its atmosphere. While previous models had predicted this, the phenomenon was observed for the firs... Read more

Little health effects after a year in space

Apr 12, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


In a twin study carried out by NASA, no or only minor, mostly reversable, effects have been observed on a whole battery of physiological parameters in an astronaut who spent one year in ISS, and his twin b... Read more

Spectacular breakthrough in space research: the first image of a black hole

Apr 10, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Astronomers have captured an image of a black hole for the first time, using the Event Horizon Telescope (EVT). The black hole is at the center of galaxy Messier 87 some 55 million light-years away.
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An exoplanet with 13 times the mass of Jupiter

Apr 09, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Astronomers have discovered a giant exoplanet in the Cygnus constellation that has a mass 13 times that of Jupiter.

It is orbiting an old binary system, in which one star is dead (a white d... Read more

Planet surviving the death of a star

Apr 05, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


For the first time, astronomers have obtained direct evidence that a planet has survived the destructive forces of a dying star. The planet’s survival might be linked to it being composed of iron and... Read more

FArFarOut - the most distant object in our solar system discovered

Feb 26, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


A team of astronomers reports on the discovery of what is now the most distant known object in the solar system. Nicknamed FarFarOut, the object is located at a distance 140 times farther from the sun than... Read more

On the origin of Neptune’s smallest moon, Hippocamp

Feb 22, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


The Hubble telescope have shed light on the origin of the smallest moon of Neptune that was first discovered in 2013.

It appears that the small moon, a rock with a diameter of only 34 km an... Read more

White dwarf star with multiple dust rings discovered

Feb 20, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A citizen scientist taken part in NASA’s Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 projected found a white dwarf star while sorting through infrared data.

This white star, an old Earth-sized remnant ... Read more

The fundamental properties of matter revealed by merging neutron stars

Feb 15, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Quarks are the smallest building blocks of matter, and are always tightly bound inside protons and neutrons. However, neutron stars are so dense that it is possible for a transition from neutron matter to ... Read more

Farewell Opportunity!

Feb 14, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


In the summer of 2003, NASA launched two rovers to explore the planet Mars: Opportunity and Spirit. Spirit ceased to operate in 2010, but Opportunity heroically continued to explore the planet until May 20... Read more

Mechanism of solar wind heating discovered

Feb 14, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have shown that a process known as Landau damping is responsible for transferring energy from the electromagnetic plasma turbulence in space to electrons in the solar wind (stream of charged par... Read more

Possible vulcanic activity under the surface of Mars

Feb 13, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


While a recent study had reported the presence of liquid water under the icecap of the Martian southpole, it is still unknown how water could from there in such a cold environment.

A new mo... Read more

Cosmic collisions shape the atmosphere of planets

Feb 04, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


Why are rocky planets around the universe so diverse when it comes to their atmosphere? Astronomers came up with an answer by simulating a variety of cosmic impacts.

In a new study, they sho... Read more

Curiosity finds that Martian rocks are more porous than expected

Feb 01, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


New Curiosity Rover data analyses reveal that Mars rocks are less compacted than previously thought. New Curiosity Rover data analyses reveal that Mars rocks are less compacted than previously thought.

Curiosity measured the density of ro... Read more

NASA’s NICER mission maps ‘light echoes’ of new black hole

Jan 30, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station.

NICER detec... Read more

How black holes can grow so big

Jan 14, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Black holes have been observed to swallow gas from its surroundings, which is now thought to underlie the fast pace at which black holes can keep growing for a long period of time.

Astron... Read more

The sky is filled with stars turning into crystals

Jan 09, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


A new study provides the first direct evidence that white dwarf stars solidify and turn into crystals. White dwarfs are the dead remnants of stars like our Sun and they have a core of solid oxygen and carb... Read more

Exotic class of super-Earths found

Dec 19, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Rocky planets normally form in a dispersing disc of gas (the proto-planetary gas disc) that surrounds a star, in regions rich in iron, magnesium and silicon. This gives rise to Earth-like planets with an i... Read more

A relic from the early universe: a cloud of unpolluted gas that formed right after the Big Bang

Dec 18, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Using the world’s most powerful optical telescope in Hawaii, astronomers have observed a cloud of gas that seems not to have been contaminated by heavy metals from exploding stars.

T... Read more

Pushing the boundaries: discovery of the most distant solar system object ever observed

Dec 18, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


For the first time, astronomers have observed an object in our solar system at a distance of more than 100 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun, at 120 astronomical units (AU) to be precise.

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