Hints of life discovered on Venus

A UK-led team of astronomers has discovered a rare molecule – phosphine – in the clouds of Venus, pointing to the possibility of extra-terrestrial ‘aerial’

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy solar-system planets

Life inside Pluto? Hot birth may have created internal ocean on dwarf planet

Pluto began hot inside, study of its surface fractures suggests

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: solar-system dwarf-planets alien-life pluto extraterrestrial-life

When baby planets melt

MIT scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks, unexpectedly answering questions about meteorites and formation of rocky planets.

Laura Carter | School of Science • mit
May 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space solar-system mars mercury research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences astronomy-and-planetary-science venus

How the moon formed – new research

The Earth and the Moon were long thought to be virtually identical in composition. Now we know they are not.

Christian Schroeder, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Planetary Exploration, University of Stirling • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  solar-system  isotopes  moon  space-exploration  earth

Star crash likely gave Earth some gold and platinum

Astrophysicists have identified an event 4.6 billion years ago as the likely source of some of the most coveted matter on Earth.

Gigi Marino-Florida • futurity
May 2, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: solar-system stars gold metals featured science-and-technology early-earth

Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by ‘Planet Nine’, say researchers

The strange orbits of some objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system, hypothesised by some astronomers to be shaped by an unknown ninth planet, can instead be explained by the combined gravitational force of small objects orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune, say researchers. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: astronomy solar-system planets

3 Questions: MIT goes interstellar with Voyager 2

MIT Kavli's John Richardson describes MIT's role in the historic passing of the Voyager 2 craft past the heliopause and into the interstellar medium.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Dec. 10, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: physics space solar-system nasa history-of-science research school-of-science 3-questions aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering kavli-institute planetary-science satellites astronomy-and-planetary-science

EAPS welcomes Heising-Simons fellow Ian Wong | MIT News

The 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship provides junior scientists the opportunity to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy.

Helen Hill | EAPS • mit
Feb. 7, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  astronomy  exoplanets  solar-system  research  awards-honors-and-fellowships  graduate-postdoctoral  school-of-science  planetary-science  earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Rivers on three worlds tell different tales | MIT News

Study finds history of Titan’s landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2017 ~8 min

Tags:  space  geology  solar-system  nasa  research  school-of-science  planetary-science  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  eaps

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