Atmosphere

Could Next-Generation Telescopes See That Earth Has Life?

While the Earth absorbs a lot of energy from the Sun, a lot of it is reflected back into space.…

3 weeks ago

The Webb Has Confirmed its First Exoplanet, and it’s the Same Size as Earth.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the most powerful telescope ever launched into space. That power has led to a…

4 weeks ago

Minerals Could Form on Mars Without an Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere

Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere does more than provide the foundation for complex life. The oxygen in the atmosphere is so reactive…

1 month ago

SOFIA Fails to Find Phosphine in the Atmosphere of Venus, But the Debate Continues

The on-again, off-again detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus appears to be off-again – for now. The latest…

2 months ago

NASA is Mapping Giant Clouds of Methane Released by “Super-Emitters” Across the World

Everybody's heard of methane. It's a major part of the atmosphere in places like Uranus and Neptune. On Earth, it's…

3 months ago

The Heaviest Element Ever Seen in an Exoplanet’s Atmosphere: Barium

Astronomers have spotted barium in the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. With its 56 protons, you have to run your…

4 months ago

Scientists Discover a New Way Exoplanets Could Make Oxygen; Unfortunately, it Doesn’t Require Life

Finding oxygen in an exoplanet's atmosphere is a clue that life may be at work. On Earth, photosynthetic organisms absorb…

4 months ago

These Ancient Microbes Give a Glimpse of What Extraterrestrial Life Might Look Like

Will we discover simple life somewhere? Maybe on Enceladus or Europa in our Solar System, or further away on an…

7 months ago

A New Instrument is Going to the ISS to Study the Climate Impact of Dust in Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

People often seem surprised when they learn that NASA doesn't just look out to the other planets, stars, and galaxies.…

7 months ago

Smaller, Ground-Based Telescopes can Study Exoplanet Atmospheres too

The next step to understanding exoplanets is to understand their atmospheres better. Astronomers can determine a planet's mass, density, and…

11 months ago