atmosphere

Life Might Be Difficult to Find on a Single Planet But Obvious Across Many Worlds

If we could detect a clear, unambiguous biosignature on just one of the thousands of exoplanets we know of, it…

3 weeks ago

The LIFE Telescope Passed its First Test: It Detected Biosignatures on Earth.

We know that there are thousands of exoplanets out there, with many millions more waiting to be discovered. But the…

1 month ago

The Atmosphere of an Exoplanet Reveals Secrets About Its Surface

Astronomers have now characterized the atmospheres of several exoplanets, with JWST and upcoming missions promising to turn that into the…

4 months ago

How Do Lava Worlds Become Earth-Like, Living Planets?

Earth was once entirely molten. Planetary scientists call this phase in a planet's evolution a magma ocean, and Earth may…

7 months ago

Engineers Want to Make Methanol by Pulling Carbon Right Out of the Air

Methanol is one of our most extensively used raw materials. It's used as a solvent, a pesticide, and in combination…

7 months ago

Venus is Like an Exoplanet that’s Right Next Door

We're lucky to have a neighbour like Venus, even though it's totally inhospitable, wildly different from the other rocky planets,…

1 year ago

How Can We Know if We’re Looking at Habitable exo-Earths or Hellish exo-Venuses?

The differences between Earth and Venus are obvious to us. One is radiant with life and adorned with glittering seas,…

1 year ago

Watch What Happens to Astronauts When the International Space Station Gets an Orbital Reboost

This is reminiscent of going down slide on the playground – and then immediately getting back in line to go…

2 years ago

How did Earth go From Molten Hellscape to Habitable Planet?

Earth formed from the Sun's protoplanetary disk about 4.6 billion years ago. In the beginning, it was a molten spheroid…

2 years ago

With no Solid Surface, the Atmosphere of Jupiter Behaves Quite Differently Than Earth

Jupiter’s atmosphere has plenty of distinct features, including lightning and the Great Red Spot.  But the underlying processes that drive…

2 years ago