Scientists from the University of Florida have completed a world (and lunar) first by from the . The researchers used samples obtained by the , 12 and 17 missions, but they didn’t have much to work with.
Astronomers have spotted young planets before, but rarely this young — or with such easy observation. As CBS News says, a University of Hawaii-led team has discovered 2M0437b, one of the youngest planets ever found at ‘just’ several million years old. The baby planet was found in the Taurus Cloud “nursery” and young enough that it’s still emanating lava-like heat from its birth.
After NASA‘s Cassini spacecraft discovered a surprisingly large amount of methane — along with a relative high concentration of dihydrogen and carbon dioxide molecules — in the plumes of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, a study published in Nature Astronomy concludes that the high levels of gas cannot be explained by known geochemical processes.
A huge piece of space junk is about to make an uncontrolled re-entry back into Earth’s atmosphere, threatening to drop debris on a number of cities around the world in the coming days. It’s leftover from China’s first module for its new Tianhe space station — and no one knows where it will land.
Some 230 million light-years from Earth, there’s a black hole going places. These extraordinarily dense objects are usually found sitting at the center of a galaxy violently gobbling up matter, so it was a surprise when astronomers spotted this one moving out of step with its resident galaxy.
Who says you can’t lose your atmosphere to a nearby red dwarf and then grow a new one with the help of volcanic activity? This resilient planet, located 41 light-years from Earth, appears to be thriving again after a rough encounter with its host star.