Science

Astronomers See a Star Crash Through the Planetary Disk of Another Star

What causes an otherwise unremarkable star to become over 100 times brighter? That's a question astronomers have been pondering since…

1 month ago

Astronomers Find a Planet That Orbits its Star in Just 16 HOURS!

Mercury is the speed champion in our Solar System. It orbits the Sun every 88 days, and its average speed…

2 months ago

Is That a Fossil on Mars? Non-Biological Deposits can Mimic Organic Structures

There's nothing easy about searching for evidence of life on Mars. Not only do we somehow have to land a…

2 months ago

There’s So Much Pressure at the Earth’s Core, it Makes Iron Behave in a Strange Way

It's one of nature's topsy-turvy tricks that the deep interior of the Earth is as hot as the Sun's surface.…

2 months ago

We Now Know Exactly Which Crater the Martian Meteorites Came From

Mars is still quite mysterious, despite all we've learned about the planet in recent years. We still have a lot…

2 months ago

Scientists Simulate the Climate of Arrakis. It Turns Out Dune is a Pretty Realistic Exoplanet

Science fiction author Frank Herbert is renowned for the richly-detailed worlds he created. None of his work is more well-known…

3 months ago

This is How You Get Moons. An Earth-Sized World Just got Pummeled by Something Huge.

Titanic collisions are the norm in young solar systems. Earth's Moon was the result of one of those collisions when…

3 months ago

The Early Solar System Had a Gap Where the Asteroid Belt is Today

Wind the cosmic clock back a few billion years and our Solar System looked much different than it does today.…

3 months ago

The Large Magellanic Cloud Stole one of its Globular Clusters

Astronomers have known for years that galaxies are cannibalistic. Massive galaxies like our own Milky Way have gained mass by…

3 months ago

You Can Blow Up an Asteroid Just a few Months Before it Hits Earth and Prevent 99% of the Damage

So far, the battle between life on Earth and asteroids has been completely one-sided. But not for long. Soon, we'll…

3 months ago