Category: Science News

Some of the Oldest Galaxies in the Universe Orbit the Milky Way

When the universe was young, there were no stars, galaxies, or even atoms. As space expanded, hydrogen atoms formed and coalesced into stars. Eventually, the first...

New Horizons Detects Wall of Hydrogen Around the Solar System

New Horizons launched with a singular purpose: scan the ninth planet up close for the first time ever. Pluto was the ninth planet when New Horizons launched in 2006, but...

Astronomers Detect Iron and Titanium on Exoplanet for the First Time

Astronomers have identified thousands of exoplanets with the aid of instruments like the Kepler Space Telescope, but we don’t know much about most of those worlds....

The Martian Dust Storm Is Clearing, but Opportunity Remains Silent

NASA’s Opportunity rover has been rolling around the surface of the red planet for an amazing 14 years. The rover’s expected operational life was a mere 90 sols...

The Northeast Blackout Struck 15 Years Ago Today

Just past 4 PM on August 14, 2003, a widespread power outage rippled across the Northeastern and Midwestern United States as well as throughout Ontario. By the time the...

Scientists Say Some Ultrahot Exoplanets Have Star-Like Atmospheres

As humanity expands its understanding of the universe, we’ve realized that planets are not rare. With the aid of instruments like Hubble and Kepler, astronomers have...

Mysterious ‘Rogue Planet’ Roams the Stars Alone, Not So Far From Earth

Researchers have detected a rogue planet traveling the void between stars some 20 light years away. Rogue planets or brown dwarfs (which this might be) aren’t exactly...

NASA Prepares to Launch Super-Fast Probe to Enter Sun’s Corona

NASA is preparing to launch a mission that will go where no probe has gone before: the sun. Not just in orbit of the sun, either. The Parker Solar Probe will come as...

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Captured Amazing Footage of a Comet During Testing

NASA launched the planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft earlier this year. After a longer than expected shakedown period, it started...

Astronomers Reveal 44 New Confirmed Exoplanets

Astronomers usually confirm new exoplanets a few at a time — maybe five or ten in a single announcement. Today, researchers from the University of Tokyo have certified...