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The Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam has increased its computing power more than sixfold with the Minerva supercomputer.
As the plumes spray out, they are radically altered — and that could be the clue to understanding their origin.
Extraterrestrial objects are constantly bombarding Earth; thankfully the vast majority are microscopic. Thanks to the planet’s atmosphere, we live largely unaware of this celestial fusillade, which averages about 100 tons a day and mostly burns up long before hitting the ground. From the few that do make impact, researchers can gather clues about the composition of our solar system, with the goal of understanding how planets and other bodies emerged from an embryonic disk of dust and gas
Get ready for an exciting cyber landing
Evidence of mud means previous evidence of water on the Red Planet
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving astronomers a new look at the geometry of pulsars to explain why observations often differ from object to object.
And how selenium could expand the search of extraterrestrial life
The many universes interpretation could settle some lingering questions in physics. That is, if it’s correct at all.
Astronomers thought they knew everything they needed to know about this famous binary star system — but they were wrong.
A massive, bow-shaped wave was spotted for the first time in the highest regions of Venus’ atmosphere, perplexing astronomers. The structure was captured by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in some of the first images returned by their Akatsuki orbiter following a troubled orbital insertion in late 2015. Using both infrared and UV imaging, researchers spotted the prominent feature in the planet’s upper atmosphere, where winds whip by in excess of 200 miles per hour. Any
Cernan was a Gemini astronaut who flew two Apollo missions who bid the Moon farewell in 1972.
The stars have aligned for the American Google Lunar X Prize team
Asteroid impacts have the distinction of being one of the few sci-fi concepts that will definitely happen at some point. But despite the clear and present (although potentially far off) danger of getting smacked by an asteroid, we’ve devoted few resources to averting such a catastrophe. As Discover reported in 2013, NASA’s budget for such operations is barebones, and it’s unclear how that might change under the Trump Administration. NASA in 2015 cut funding to the Sentinel miss
In 2005, ESA did something no craft had ever done before ... land on an alien moon.
Explosive research says there may be cryovolcanism on cometary bodies.
Somewhere between 40 million and 140 million years older, to be exact.
The best instrument in the world for studying the spectra of astronomical objects has just been shipped to its Hawaiian home.
A new detection of huge, faint halos of photons around young galaxies could tell us more about the formation of the Milky Way.
At the outer rims of our galaxy lie a few truly alien stars
From pre-NASA days to Apollo, the struggles of black women in the early space program rarely came to light. Until now.