Astronomy
Study of ancient climate suggests future warming could accelerate  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
The rate at which the planet warms in response to the ongoing buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas could increase in the future, according to new simulations of a comparable... more
House stopgap funding bill includes no extra NASA funding  SPACE NEWS · 4 hours
A House version of a stopgap spending bill does not include any special provisions for NASA, which threatens... more
NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. more
NASA-NOAA satellite provides forecasters a view of tropical storm Jerry's structure  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Tropical Storm Jerry is the latest in a line of tropical cyclones to develop in the North Atlantic Ocean this season. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed... more
Study captures six galaxies undergoing sudden, dramatic transitions  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Galaxies come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and brightnesses, ranging from humdrum ordinary galaxies to luminous active galaxies. While an ordinary galaxy is visible mainly because of the light from... more
NASA infrared data shows heavy rain potential along gulf from Imelda  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
One of the ways NASA researches tropical cyclones is using infrared data that provides temperature information. The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a look... more
NASA-NOAA satellite studies tropical storm Kiko's center  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Hurricane Kiko weakened to a tropical storm, but imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showed that the storm has maintained strength in the circular area of powerful storms around the low-level center. more
NASA sees heavy rainfall occurring in strengthening Tropical Storm Mario  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
When the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean, it flew over the eastern side of Tropical Storm Mario and measured... more
Xenesis to test optical terminal on Bartolomeo platform  SPACE NEWS · 9 hours
Xenesis, a laser communications startup, plans to conduct a space-based demonstration of its Xen-Hub Optical Communications terminal in 2021 on Bartolomeo,... more
Study of ancient climate suggests future warming could accelerate  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
The rate at which the planet warms in response to the ongoing buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas could increase in the future, according to new simulations of a comparable... more
Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth's poles, and... more
Six galaxies undergoing sudden, dramatic transitions  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
Astronomers observed six mild-mannered LINER galaxies suddenly and surprisingly transforming into ravenous quasars -- home to the brightest of all active galactic nuclei. The team's observations could help demystify the nature of both LINERs and quasars... more
Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth's poles, and... more
Laser prototype for space-based gravitational wave detector  SCIENCE DAILY · 12 hours
Researchers have announced a prototype for a laser at the heart of the first space-based gravitational wave observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. more
AIDA collaboration highlights case for planetary defence  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Surprising results from recent asteroid missions have highlighted the importance of testing planetary defence strategies in space, according to scientists participating in the joint ESA/NASA Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) collaboration. The unexpectedly... more
Laser prototype for space-based gravitational wave detector  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Researchers have announced a prototype for a laser at the heart of the first space-based gravitational wave observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. The team's new laser nearly meets the... more
NASA's wide view of major hurricane Humberto's massive Atlantic 'tail'  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
NASA's Aqua satellite is one in a fleet of NASA satellites that provide data for research. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Major Hurricane Humberto and... more
New hunt for dark matter  SCIENCE DAILY · 13 hours
Dark matter is only known by its effect on massive astronomical bodies, but has yet to be directly observed or even identified. A theory about what dark matter might be suggests that it could be a particle called... more
Saturn's icy rings are as old as the solar system itself, study suggests  SCIENCE DAILY · 13 hours
No one knows for certain when Saturn's iconic rings formed, but a new study suggests that they are much older than some... more
Russia to give cosmonauts guns to fend off animals on landing  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Russia is testing a gun that returning cosmonauts could use to fend off wild animals when landing in remote areas, the head of the Russian space... more
Artificial intelligence probes dark matter in the universe  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
Physicists and computer scientists have developed a new approach to the problem of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Using machine learning tools, they programmed computers to teach themselves how... more
Life and death of the stars: Researchers investigate extreme galaxy environments  nanowerk · 14 hours
An international team of 30 scientists is using one of the world's largest telescopes to investigate and map extreme galaxy environments in brilliant detail. more
Comet's collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Scientists analyzing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA's Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff collapses. more
Ultrafast optical field-ionized gases: A laboratory platform to study kinetic plasma instabilities  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Kinetic instabilities commonly arise from anisotropic (different properties in different directions) electron velocity distributions within ionospheric, cosmic and terrestrial plasmas. But only a handful... more
Researchers discover new topological phases in a class of optical materials  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Optical devices create, guide, and detect electromagnetic waves and include lasers, telescopes, and solar cells. Most of the materials used in these devices are challenging for... more
New open cluster discovered using Gaia  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Using data from ESA's Gaia satellite, German astronomers have detected a new open cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. The newly found cluster, designated Gaia 8, consists of about 100 stars, most likely including the Beta... more
The good, the bad and the ugly: The nations leading and failing on climate action  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
It is almost five years since the landmark Paris deal was struck. Nearly 200 countries agreed to work... more
Could we intercept interstellar comet C/2019 Q4 Borisov?  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
When 'Oumuamua passed through our solar system two years ago, it set off a flurry of excitement in the astronomical community. Here was the first-ever interstellar object that be observed by human... more
New coalition seeks to improve space safety  SPACE NEWS · 16 hours
A group of satellite operators and other organizations have banded together to endorse a set of best practices intended to improve space... more
Asteroid orus occultation observed for the first time ever by eVscope  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
On September 7, 2019, a Unistellar team flew to Oman and successfully used the eVscope to observe an occultation of the asteroid Orus for the first... more
Artificial intelligence probes dark matter in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
A team of physicists and computer scientists at ETH Zurich has developed a new approach to the problem of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Using machine learning tools, they... more
Harnessing artificial intelligence for climate science  ESA · 17 hours
Over 700 Earth observation satellites are orbiting our planet, transmitting hundreds of terabytes of data to downlink stations every day. Processing and extracting useful... more
The Stellar Nurseries of Distant Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 18 hours
Star clusters are formed by the condensation of molecular clouds, masses of cold, dense gas that are found in every galaxy. The physical properties... more
Comet’s collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders  ESA · 19 hours
Scientists analysing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA’s Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff... more
Overseeing ISS's third arm  ESA · 21 hours
Technology image of the week: this control panel will be used by spacewalking cosmonauts to oversee the European Robotic Arm on the Russian section of the ISS more
NASA's Terra Satellite sees the birth of Tropical Storm Imelda  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the western Gulf of Mexico during the early afternoon of Sept. 17 and captured a visible image of the newly formed Tropical Depression... more
Gemini Observatory Captures Multicolor Image of First-ever Interstellar Comet  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged by the Gemini Observatory in multiple... more
LEO constellation operators OneWeb, Iridium announce collaboration  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
Iridium and OneWeb, two companies pursuing different types of telecommunications businesses from low Earth orbit, said Sept. 17 that they would work... more
Crucial role of recycling in the evolution of life in our universe  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New research by astrophysicists reveals how the gas and energy expelled by stars are returned to the universe, and in what forms. It also... more
Gateway development remains on track  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
With one module under contract and a second soon to be formally awarded, NASA says development of the lunar Gateway, a key element of its Artemis... more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches Hurricane Kiko at night  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Hurricane Kiko continued to track west through the Eastern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and provided a view of the storm. Satellite imagery revealed an elongated shape, which indicated wind... more
NASA satellite provides a view of a large hurricane Humberto  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA's Terra Satellite provided a visible image of Hurricane Humberto when it was off the coast of the Carolinas and slowly moving north. The satellite image revealed that... more
Hello, world! A new approach for physics in de Sitter space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
For decades, physicists have been attempting to reconcile quantum mechanics, the physics of the very small, with gravity, the physics of the very large. While many... more
Hello, world! A new approach for physics in de sitter space  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
For decades, physicists have been attempting to reconcile quantum mechanics, the physics of the very small, with gravity, the physics of the very large. While many... more
Planning the future  ESA · 2 days
Updates on mission concepts for planetary defence, Solar System science and Mars exploration live from the European Planetary Science Congress Wednesday 12:15-13:15 CEST more
Lunar lander failures offer a warning to commercial missions  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
The apparent failure of an Indian spacecraft to land on the moon this month is providing a reminder... more
Research reveals vital clues about recycling in the evolution of life in our universe  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research by Kent astrophysicists reveals vital clues about the role recycling plays in the formation of life in our... more
Astronomers Find Most Massive Neutron Star Ever Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Astronomers using NSF’s Green Bank Telescope have identified a record breaking neutron star with the highest mass yet known. The... more
Researchers simulate processes prevailing in early magma oceans  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The reason why the Earth's atmosphere has contained so much oxygen since about two billion years ago compared to the atmospheres of other known planets has for a long time remained a... more
Stony-iron meteor caused August impact flash at Jupiter  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Analysis of a bright flash in Jupiter's atmosphere observed by an amateur astronomer in August 2019 has revealed that the likely cause was a small asteroid with a density typical of stony-iron... more
ARIEL exoplanet mission celebrates machine learning challenge and citizen science launch  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
ARIEL, an ESA mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has announced the winners of its first international Machine Learning Data Challenge and... more
From primordial black holes new clues to dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Primordial black holes (PBHs) are objects that formed just fractions of a second after the Big Bang, considered by many researchers among the principal candidates in explaining the nature of... more
Scientists shave estimate of neutrino's mass in half  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An international team of scientists, including researchers at MIT, has come closer to pinning down the mass of the elusive neutrino. These ghost-like particles permeate the universe and yet are thought to... more
Researchers say the age of Saturn's rings is difficult to determine  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of researchers has reignited the debate about the age of Saturn's rings with a study that dates the rings as most likely to have... more
ISS National Lab work continues amid NASA review  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
An independent review of the nonprofit organization that operates the portion of the International Space Station designated a national lab... more
A novel tool to probe fundamental matter  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Identifying elementary constituents of matter including quarks, bosons and electrons, and the manner by which these particles interact with each other, constitutes one of the greatest challenges in modern physical sciences. Resolving this outstanding... more
The Rare Molecule Weighing in on the Birth of Planets  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Astronomers using one of the most advanced radio telescopes have discovered a rare molecule in the... more
Nature documentaries increasingly talk about threats to nature, but still don't show them  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers from Bangor University, University of Kent, Newcastle University and University of Oxford coded the scripts from the four most recent David... more
NASA finds Tropical Depression Peipah dissipating  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the northwestern Pacific Ocean and provided a final view of Tropical Depression Peipah. more
Brad Pitt talks weightlessness and calluses on phone call to ISS  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
When Brad Pitt called the International Space Station (ISS) Monday to talk to American astronaut Nick Hague, the conversation turned to the unexpected consequences of weightless... more
Most massive neutron star ever detected, almost too massive to exist  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Astronomers have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the... more
NASA finds Humberto strengthening off the Florida Coast  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA's Aqua Satellite provided a visible image of Tropical Storm Humberto as it was strengthening off the Florida coast on Sept. 15. Humberto became a hurricane late in the day. more
NASA finds Kiko weakening in the Eastern Pacific  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the National Hurricane Center with infrared data and cloud top temperature information on Hurricane Kiko. Wind shear was affecting the storm and had closed the eye. more
KATRIN cuts the mass estimate for the elusive neutrino in half  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, one of the most abundant, yet elusive,... more
Rare metallic asteroids might have erupted molten iron  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists because it is less dense than it should be, given its iron-nickel composition. Now, a new theory could explain Psyche's low density and metallic surface. more
Astronomers Observe Interstellar Comet C/2019 Q4  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Using several ground-based telescopes on La Palma and Hawaii, astronomers have observed C/2019 Q4, the first-known interstellar comet and the second-known interstellar object identified... more
New observations help explain the dimming of Tabby's Star  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For years, astronomers have looked up at the sky and speculated about the strange dimming behavior of Tabby's Star. more
Astronomers detect the most massive neutron star ever measured  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
West Virginia University researchers have helped discover the most massive neutron star to date, a breakthrough uncovered through the Green Bank Telescope in Pocahontas County. more
The stellar nurseries of distant galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Star clusters are formed by the condensation of molecular clouds, masses of cold, dense gas that are found in every galaxy. The physical properties of these clouds in our own galaxy and nearby galaxies have been... more
Journées portes ouvertes, la passion en partage  CERN · 3 days
Infectious enthusiasm at the Open Days cmenard Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:55 Admire technological wonders 100 metres underground, drive cranes, play with miniature... more
Space Station science: learning from Luca  ESA · 3 days
There is plenty of science on the boil at the International Space Station – including an experiment literally designed to expand our knowledge of... more
Gold nanoantennas help detectors see more heat, less noise  nanowerk · 3 days
Researchers have developed tiny, gold antennas to help cameras and sensors that 'see' heat deliver clearer pictures of thermal infrared radiation for everything from stars and galaxies to people, buildings... more
Gravity surveys using a mobile atom interferometer  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Mobile gravimetry is an important technique in metrology, navigation, geodesy and geophysics. Although atomic gravimeters are presently used for accuracy, they are constrained by instrumental fragility and complexity. In a new study, Xuejian Wu... more
Nanoantennas help detectors see more heat, less noise  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Sandia National Laboratories researchers have developed tiny, gold antennas to help cameras and sensors that "see" heat deliver clearer pictures of thermal infrared radiation for everything from stars and galaxies to people,... more
The visible spectrum of C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), the first confirmed interstellar comet  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Shortly before dawn on September 13th, Julia de León, Miquel Serra-Ricart, Javier Licandro, all members of IAC's solar system Group, and Carlos Raúl de... more
Researchers study young stellar objects population in NGC 6822  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Using NASA's Spitzer spacecraft, astronomers have conducted a comprehensive study of massive young stellar objects (YSOs) in the metal-poor galaxy NGC 6822. The research, detailed in a paper published September... more
Dusty vacuums may be astronauts' biggest health risk  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Human lungs have proven to be remarkably adaptable to life in space, but dust may their biggest challenge, even greater than the lack of gravity, according to a leading aerospace medicine expert,... more
Mass extinctions made life on Earth more diverse, and might again  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In the past half-billion years, Earth has been hit again and again by mass extinctions, wiping out most species on the planet. And every time, life... more
SOFIA in Stuttgart: First scientific research flight over Europe  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
On 16 September 2019 at 04:14 CEST, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is expected to land at Stuttgart Airport. The airborne observatory is a joint project by the... more
NASA funds CubeSat Pathfinder mission to unique lunar orbit  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The pathfinder mission represents a rapid lunar flight demonstration and could launch as early as December 2020. CAPSTONE will demonstrate how to enter into and operate in this orbit as... more
The galaxy cluster Abell 959  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Most galaxies lie in clusters containing from a few to thousands of objects. Our Milky Way, for example, belongs to the Local Group, a cluster of about fifty galaxies whose other large member is the Andromeda galaxy about... more
Image: North polar dunes on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
This captivating image was taken in the north polar region of Mars by the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's CaSSIS camera. more
Inside the Race to Discover a Water Vapor World  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Water vapor, and likely clouds that rain liquid water, have been discovered on an exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its star. But there's an issue. more
C/2019 Q4: Second Interstellar Object Spotted in Our Solar System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the second object of interstellar origin ever observed in... more
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