mrt 072013
 
Water from Europa's Ocean Sometimes Comes to the Surface

  With data collected from the mighty W. M. Keck Observatory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomer Mike Brown — known as the Pluto killer for discovering a Kuiper-belt object that led to the demotion of Pluto from planetary status — and Kevin Hand from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have found the strongest evidence [continue reading]

sep 182012
 
Characterizing the Surface Composition of Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space Environment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mercury since March 2011, has been revealing new information about the surface chemistry and geologic history of the innermost planet in the Solar System. Mercury, as taken from the spacecraft MESSENGER. The spacecraft captured nearly 100,000 images as it orbited the planet. [continue reading]

aug 302012
 
Record -Breaking Supernova  Helps Understand Distant Galaxy

  Nature hath no fury like a dying star – and astronomers couldn’t be happier…   An international research team, led by Edo Berger of Harvard University, made the most of a dying star’s fury to probe a distant galaxy some 9.5 billion light-years distant. The dying star, which lit the galactic scene, is the [continue reading]

aug 172012
 
Magnesium Plays an Important Role in Planet Formation

  An international team, led by EXOEarths researchers of the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP), proposes that metals like Magnesium might have an important role in the formation of low mass planets. A swirling disk of planet-building dust. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC) The team, lead by CAUP researcher Vardan Zh. Adibekyan, [continue reading]