On Wednesday, a team of astronomers announced they had discovered a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri — and that the planet is rocky, has a mass similar to Earth’s and sits in the “goldilocks” zone where liquid water could exist on its surface.
Scientists are mulling a variety of ways to hunt for life on Saturn's icy, ocean-harboring moon Enceladus.
"As the sun disappears behind the moon the ground suddenly cools, just like at sunset," Giles Harrison, a meteorology professor at Reading, explained in a news release. "This means warm air stops rising from the ground, causing a drop in wind speed and a shift in its direction, as the slowing of the air by the Earth's surface changes."
Space boffins are set to announce they have discovered a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri – the closest neighbouring star to the Sun. The new so-called “exoplanet” is rumoured to be similar to Earth – and may even be habitable.
In addition to a planet's distance from its parent star, another factor may be key in determining its habitability — its internal temperature during its formative years.
Black holes that are smaller than a human hair may be hurtling through space — and they just might just solve the mystery of dark matter.
Future factories in space could be used to launch large structural sections to build space stations.
The flash of light had been identified as a supernova remnant, but new observations by North Carolina State University have shown it could not have been this particular star.
A new Mars rover is likely to be launched by NASA in 2020 with the aim to explore a region that may contain remains of ancient microbial life according to scientists.
On March 17, 2015, an interplanetary shock created by a coronal mass ejection triggered the greatest geomagnetic storm of the preceding decade.
If you look in enough places, eventually you’ll find something profoundly strange. That’s been a reliable rule of thumb through the history of science, and last year it proved dramatically true again for astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. While digging through data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has been monitoring 150,000 stars for signs of orbiting planets, she realized that one of these things is not like the others.
Whitmire claims Planet Nine’s passage through a rock-laden area called the Kuiper Belt is responsible for the “extinction events.” Conspiracy theorists in the ’80s and ’90s previously claimed a red dwarf planet called Nibiru or Nemesis, which orbits too close to Earth every 36,000 years, was behind the events.
According to reports, astrophysicists plan to announce they've discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star.
“I hope everyone has buckled their seatbelts because the outer solar system just got a lot weirder.” That’s what Michele Bannister, an astronomer at Queens University, Belfast tweeted on Monday. She was referring to the discovery of a TNO or trans-Neptunian object, something which sits beyond Neptune in the outer solar system.
Twenty years ago, NASA scientists and their colleagues announced they had spotted possible signs of Mars life in a meteorite. The claim ignited a scientific controversy that lingers to this day.
“We are now adding focus and specifics on the deep space habitats where humans will live and work independently for months or years at a time, without cargo supply deliveries from Earth.”
Scientists hoping to find signs of Martian life on the surface of the Red Planet may not be in luck. Any evidence of life could have been destroyed in a meteor impact, according to research published in Scientific Reports, an online open access scientific mega journal published by the Nature Publishing Group.
All the action was captured live and in color by spacecraft. Here's what it looked like — and what's going on.
Black holes are doors to other parts of the universe, according to a new study. But you wouldn’t ever get to come back. Anyone who managed to get through one of the mysterious doors would end up “spaghettified”, and stretched out like a long strand of pasta, according to the research. They’d get squished back down to size once they reached the other side, but it’s unlikely they’d be alive to see it.
Caltech astronomer Ben Montet and Joshua Simon of the Carnegie Institute measured the light from the star that Kepler recorded during its four-year mission.