We usually associate volcanoes with extreme heat. But new results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history. Continue reading Our Solar System’s Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes
An international consortium involving over 50 institutions has announced an ambitious project to assemble high-quality genome sequences of all 66,000 vertebrate species on Earth, including all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. With an estimated total cost of $600 million dollars, it’s a project of biblical proportions. Continue reading Plan to Build a Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species
A new 360-degree panorama captured by the Curiosity Rover is one of its best yet. Continue reading NASA’s Curiosity Rover Takes a Stunning Selfie Under Dusty Martian Skies
Can you imagine living on Mars? NASA can. Continue reading THIS IS WHAT LIFE ON MARS COULD LOOK LIKE, ACCORDING TO NASA
Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is magnificent. For a hundred years, it has consistently predicted all sorts of wacky phenomena scientists have later observed throughout space. One international team is now announcing that a 26-year-long observation campaign has once again confirmed the theory. Continue reading Supermassive Black Hole Stretches Starlight, Proving Einstein Right Again
You might be aware of one of Uranus’ complexities: It spins on its side, and its moons orbit on that same rotated plane. New evidence strengthens the case that Uranus was smashed in a giant collision, resulting in its sideways orientation to its orbital plane and perhaps explaining some of the planet’s other mysteries. Continue reading Did Something Massive Smash Into Uranus?
Thanks to a quirk of astrophysics, astronomers were able to observe features just tens of kilometers apart near a spinning neutron star located 6,500 light-years away from Earth. This is like using a telescope in your backyard to see DNA strands on the moon. Continue reading Scientists Observe ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar in Mind-Boggling Resolution