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TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it’s important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that […]

What a new map of the universe tells us about dark matter

Part of the new map of dark matter made from gravitational lensing measurements of 26 million galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey. Chihway Chang/University of Chicago/DES collaboration, Author provided

What a new map of the universe tells us about dark matter

What a new map of the universe tells us about dark matter Part of the new map of dark matter made from gravitational lensing measurements of 26 million galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey. Chihway Chang/University of Chicago/DES collaboration, Author provided Tamara Davis, The University […]

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

This artist's concept shows hot Jupiter WASP-121b, which presents the best evidence yet of a stratosphere on an exoplanet. Credits: Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet. A stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes. “This result is exciting […]

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

Illustration of the heliophysics system Credits: NASA

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment NASA has selected nine proposals under its Explorers Program that will return transformational science about the Sun and space environment and fill science gaps between the agency’s larger missions; eight for focused scientific investigations and one for technological development […]

Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

The safe flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes under Earth on Oct. 12, 2017. While scientists cannot yet predict exactly how close it will approach, they are certain it will come no closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) from Earth's surface. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach to Earth as an opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA’s network […]

A Tale of Three Stellar Cities

OmegaCAM — the wide-field optical camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) — has captured the spectacular Orion Nebula and its associated cluster of young stars in great detail,  producing this beautiful new image. This famous object, the birthplace of many massive stars, is one of the closest stellar nurseries, at a distance of about 1350 light-years. Credit: ESO/G. Beccari

A Tale of Three Stellar Cities

A Tale of Three Stellar Cities Using new observations from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope, astronomers have discovered three different populations of young stars within the Orion Nebula Cluster. This unexpected discovery adds very valuable new insights for the understanding of how such clusters form. It […]

New Type Ia supernova discovered using gravitational lensing

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New Type Ia supernova discovered using gravitational lensing

New Type Ia supernova discovered using gravitational lensing Using gravitational lensing, an international team of astronomers has detected a new Type Ia supernova. The newly discovered lensed supernova was found behind the galaxy cluster known as MOO J1014+0038. The findings were detailed in a paper […]