Tag: astronomers

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 in the Milky Way galaxy. This influence derives from two fundamental forces...
Storm-chasing for science can be exciting and stressful—we know, because we do it. It has also been essential for developing today's understanding of how tornadoes form and how they behave. In 1996 the movie "Twister" brought storm-chasing...

A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is sacred to spiritual practitioners and treasured by astronomers

Shane Palacat-Nelsen's voice drops to a reverent tone as he tells the story of the snow goddess Poliahu who Native Hawaiians believe inhabits the...

Astronomers calculate which exoplanets are most likely to have water

Astronomers know of about 60 rocky exoplanets orbiting in the habitable zones of their stars. When they try to determine how habitable these planets...

UFOs: How astronomers are searching the sky for alien probes near Earth

There has been increased interest in unidentified flying objects (UFOs) ever since the Pentagon's 2021 report revealed what appears to be anomalous objects in...

Astronomers discover new almost dark galaxy

By analyzing deep optical imagery from the IAC Stripe 82 Legacy Project, an international team of astronomers has serendipitously discovered a new almost dark...

Signs of life? Why astronomers are excited about CO2 and methane in the atmosphere of an alien world

Are we alone? This question is nearly as old as humanity itself. Today, this question in astronomy focuses on finding life beyond our planet....

Astronomers identify most reflective exoplanet

A scorching hot world where metal clouds rain drops of titanium is the most reflective planet ever observed outside of our Solar System, astronomers...

Astronomers find a planet that shouldn’t exist

When our sun reaches the end of its life, it will expand to 100 times its current size, enveloping the Earth. Many planets in...

Astronomers want your help hunting for asteroids

Anyone can become an asteroid hunter thanks to a new program launched by astronomers at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. As...

Astronomers discover two super-Earths orbiting nearby star

Using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international team of astronomers has discovered two "super-Earth" exoplanets orbiting a nearby M-dwarf star known as...

Humans are still hunting for aliens: Here’s how astronomers are looking for life beyond Earth

We have long been fascinated with the idea of alien life. The earliest written record presenting the idea of "aliens" is seen in the...

Astronomers identify 20 ultraviolet-emitting supernova remnants in the Andromeda Galaxy

Using the AstroSat satellite, astronomers from the University of Calgary, Canada, have identified 20 supernova remnants (SNRs) in the Andromeda Galaxy, which exhibit diffuse...

Astronomers discover irregularities in the cores of red giants

Red giants are dying stars, in advanced stages of stellar evolution, which have depleted the hydrogen in their cores. In a study published today...

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