magnetic field

Measuring Exoplanetary Magnetospheres with the Square Kilometer Array

Life on Earth would not be possible without food, water, light, a breathable atmosphere and surprisingly, a magnetic field. Without…

3 weeks ago

Planetary Geophysics: What is it? What can it teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has examined the importance of studying impact craters, planetary surfaces, exoplanets, astrobiology, solar physics, comets, and planetary atmospheres,…

2 months ago

An Astronomical First! A Radiation Belt Seen Outside the Solar System

For the first time, a team of astronomers has imaged the radiation belt of an object from beyond the Solar…

1 year ago

It's Time for Mysterious Spokes to Appear in Saturn's Rings

The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured the appearance of several asymmetrical ‘spokes’ rising above the rings of Saturn, marking a…

1 year ago

You’re Looking at a Map of the Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

Using telescopes that study the sky in the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum, astronomers have successfully mapped the structure…

1 year ago

Marsquakes are Caused by Shifting Magma

Before the InSight Lander arrived on Mars, scientists could only estimate what the planet's internal structure might be. Its size,…

2 years ago

We Might Know Why Mars Lost its Magnetic Field

Mars is a parched planet ruled by global dust storms. It's also a frigid world, where night-time winter temperatures fall…

2 years ago

An Exoplanet Found Protected by a Magnetosphere

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has spotted the magnetosphere of an exoplanet for the first…

2 years ago

Why do Uranus and Neptune Have Magnetic Fields? Hot ice

The outer “ice giant” planets, Neptune and Uranus, have plenty of mysteries.  One of the biggest is where exactly they…

3 years ago

Does Mercury Have a big Iron Core Because it’s so Close to the Sun’s Magnetic Field?

Magnetic fields are great for lots of things - directing explorers, levitating trains, and containing nuclear fusion reactions are just…

3 years ago