James Webb Space Telescope detects crucial carbon compound in space

An international team of scientists has utilized NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to make a groundbreaking finding in space. They have successfully detected a novel carbon compound called methyl cation (CH3+) for the first time. This significant discovery took place in a young star system named d203-506, situated approximately 1,350 light-years away within the Orion […]

Norwegian Geotechnical Institute uses CT scans to study lunar soils

Between 1967 and 1972, NASA embarked on a remarkable series of space missions to the moon, transporting back nearly 400 kilograms of precious lunar soil samples. Today, NGI, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, is utilizing advanced CT-scanning technology to analyze 10,000 lunar particles obtained from the Apollo expeditions. This groundbreaking research aims to shed light on […]

NASA’s animations show earth’s carbon cycle in stunning detail

The visuals of our planet under the influence of carbon dioxide gas are striking and otherworldly. NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has created computer animations depicting the presence of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere, offering a unique perspective on its distribution throughout 2021. The animations highlight four major sources of carbon dioxide: fossil fuels, biomass […]

Astronomers discover new way to destroy stars

In a groundbreaking discovery, an international team of astrophysicists may have stumbled upon a previously unseen phenomenon that could lead to the destruction of stars. While investigating the origins of a powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB), the researchers found evidence suggesting that GRB 191019A resulted from the collision of stars or stellar remnants in the dense […]

Study of 39 interstellar clouds challenges conventional model of high-mass star formation

Astronomers have successfully mapped out 39 interstellar clouds where the formation of high-mass stars is expected to occur. This extensive dataset has challenged the prevailing model of low-mass star formation, indicating that the process of forming high-mass stars is fundamentally distinct, rather than merely a matter of scale. The formation of high-mass stars is of […]

Amino acid tryptophan found in interstellar material

Dr. Susana Iglesias-Groth, a researcher from The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has made a significant discovery using data from the Spitzer space observatory. Her research, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, presents evidence for the presence of the amino acid tryptophan in interstellar material within a nearby star-forming region. The […]

Notre dame scientists develop theory to predict existence of giant planets on fringes of exoplanetary systems

Scientists at Notre Dame has devised a theory that enables the prediction of giant planets located on the outskirts of exoplanetary systems. This theory, proposed by Matthias He and Lauren Weiss and made available on the arXiv pre-print server, combines two distinct datasets that employ different methods to search for planets: transits and radial velocity […]

New study finds intense wave energy may explain sun’s hot corona

Solar physicists have grappled with a century-old inquiry regarding the temperatures in the sun’s upper atmosphere, known as the corona, which are significantly hotter than the temperatures observed at its visible surface. However, an international team of scientists has recently presented a novel explanation for this phenomenon based on new observational data gathered with the […]

Salt crystals found in asteroid sample suggest liquid water may be more common in the solar system

Scientists at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory have made an exciting discovery involving sodium chloride, commonly known as table salt. They found tiny salt crystals in a sample from an asteroid, indicating the presence of liquid water during their formation. What makes this finding even more intriguing is that the sample comes […]

Astronomers discover new supernova magnified by gravitational lensing

Einstein’s general theory of relativity combines time and space into a single entity called spacetime. This theory suggests that massive objects, such as galaxies or galaxy clusters, can cause spacetime to curve. Gravitational lensing provides a rare but observable demonstration of Einstein’s theory. When a large celestial body has enough mass, it can bend light […]

Airbus ROXY system could revolutionize lunar exploration

In 2020, Airbus, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, unveiled a groundbreaking technology with tremendous implications for future lunar exploration missions. Their innovation, called the Regolith to OXYgen and Metals Conversion (ROXY) system, harnesses materials found in space to revolutionize lunar resource utilization. ROXY offers a multifaceted solution by extracting oxygen, a vital resource […]

Scientists create synthetic life forms that compete for survival

Juan Pérez-Mercader, a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Origins of Life Initiative, has been exploring the possibility of life forms on other planets that are fundamentally different from those on Earth. His research focuses on creating synthetic living systems that do not rely on biochemistry, the chemistry […]

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