Researchers Create a Plasma Bubble With Lasers That Could Provide Propulsion or an Artificial Magnetosphere

Lasers are useful for a lot of things. They made CDs work (when they were still a thing). They also…

3 weeks 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,…

4 months 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…

6 months 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…

7 months ago

An Absolutely Bonkers Plan to Give Mars an Artificial Magnetosphere

To terraform Mars, we will need to give it a protective magnetic field. Here's how we might do it.

9 months ago

Did the Moon Ever Have a Magnetosphere?

New research led by Rochester University has shown the Moon had a short-lived magnetosphere, which has implications for future lunar…

12 months ago

A Lunar Farside Telescope Could Detect Exoplanets Through Their Magnetospheres

Earth's ionosphere blocks us from seeing radio aurora on distant worlds, but a radio telescope on the Moon would let…

1 year ago

Super-Earth Conditions Simulated in the Lab to Discover if They’re Habitable

Researchers recently simulated what geological conditions would be like on Super-Earths, and found that a few known exoplanets are worth…

1 year ago

Electrons Can Get Accelerated to Nearly the Speed of Light As They Interact With the Earth’s Magnetosphere

Electrons serve many purposes in physics.  They are used by some particle accelerators and they underpin our modern world in…

2 years ago

Mars Doesn’t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here’s a Map

Even though Earthling scientists are studying Mars intently, it's still a mysterious place. One of the striking things about Mars…

2 years ago