ASTRONOMY

A team of Brazilian scientists has discovered a fossilized skeleton of what they believe is one of the world's oldest dinosaurs after heavy rains in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul accelerated the natural...
The Andean Plateau in South America rises, on average, more than 4,000 meters above sea level, formed by orogenic uplift that began more than 20 million years ago. Orogeny occurs at convergent plate margins as compressed...

How astronomers work out the size of the solar system

The size of the solar system is defined by the volume of space over which the sun's influence exceeds those of other nearby stars...

Japan launches an advanced Earth observation satellite on its new flagship H3 rocket

Japan deployed an upgraded Earth observation satellite for disaster response and security after it was launched on a new flagship H3 rocket Monday. The H3...

Analysis of NASA InSight data suggests Mars hit by meteoroids more often than thought

NASA's Mars InSight Lander may be resting on the Red Planet in retirement, but data from the robotic explorer is still leading to seismic...

NASA is considering other ways of getting its Mars samples home

In 2021, NASA's Perseverance rover landed in the Jezero Crater on Mars. For the next three years, this astrobiology mission collected soil and rock...

Astrophysicists calculate the likelihood that Earth was exposed to cold harsh interstellar clouds 2 million years ago

Around two million years ago, Earth was a very different place, with our early human ancestors living alongside saber-toothed tigers, mastodons, and enormous rodents....

First detection of frost on the solar system’s tallest volcanoes on Mars

For the first time, water frost has been detected on the colossal volcanoes on Mars, which are the largest mountains in the solar system....

Fifty-year mystery of Mars’ slow polar ice flow solved

Mars polar ice caps were one of the first Earth-like characteristics identified on Mars. Since the development of film in the 19th Century, researchers...

The sun is reaching the peak of its activity—here’s how that could cause more auroras and solar storms

Many more people around the world than normal were recently able to see the northern and southern lights overhead with the naked eye. This...

China lands a spacecraft on the moon’s far side to collect rocks for study

A Chinese spacecraft landed on the far side of the moon Sunday to collect soil and rock samples that could provide insights into differences...

Cryovolcanism: Why study it? What can it teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has had the privilege of spending the last several months venturing into a multitude of scientific disciplines, including impact craters, planetary surfaces,...

Recent and extensive volcanism discovered on Venus

A new analysis of data collected on Venus more than 30 years ago suggests the planet may currently be volcanically active. A research group from...

Potentially habitable ‘exo-Venus’ with Earth-like temperature discovered

Astronomers have made the rare and tantalizing discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet 40 light-years away that may be just a little warmer than our...

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