Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ may hide in dark corner of space

Is there another planet in our solar system? Researchers are using new techniques with space telescope images to hunt for the theorized Planet Nine.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
today ~6 min

Tags: space planets light science-and-technology

The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons

The scariest beast in the universe has an insatiable appetite and shreds its victims.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
today ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy sun stars black-holes singularity

'Nature doesn't judge you': how young people in cities feel about the natural world

Nature is a promise of escape, a moment of relief and a relationship worth cherishing.

Jo Birch, Research Associate, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield • conversation
today ~6 min

Tags: mental-health nature urban-life young-people parks green-spaces bame

Designing new mirror materials for better gravitational-wave detection

Nicholas Demos, a first-generation college graduate and MathWorks Fellow in MIT’s Kavli Institute, is improving our ability to listen to the cosmos.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy profile research stars black-holes students awards-honors-and-fellowships graduate-postdoctoral school-of-science kavli-institute space-astronomy-and-planetary-science ligo

Volcanoes feed the atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

The atmosphere on Jupiter's moon Io is a witches' brew made from the sulfurous burps of more than 400 volcanoes. Now scientists know how it got that way.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: space planets volcanoes jupiter science-and-technology moons

A 4G network on the Moon is bad news for radio astronomy

Radio telescopes are incredibly sensitive to phone network interference.

Emma Alexander, PhD Candidate in Astrophysics, University of Manchester • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nasa moon spacex satellites space-junk 4g nokia radio-astronomy radio-telescope mobile-phone-network

Norway funds satellite map of world's tropical forests

Norway pays for a monthly satellite dataset to track the state of the world's tropical forests.

Oct. 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science rainforests space-exploration earth-observation norway

Satellites picture methane across the globe

The GHGSat company releases a tool to show how methane varies in the atmosphere across the world.

Oct. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science climate-change methane space-exploration earth-observation

Asteroid Bennu: successful touchdown – but sample return mission has only just begun

Bennu will tell us about our own origins as much as about the origin of asteroid Bennu.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-system asteroid space-exploration near-earth-asteroids

NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.

Elizabeth Cantwell, Professor of Practice for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  space  astronomy  solar-system  nasa  asteroid  astrobiology  innovation-and-invention  bennu  near-earth-asteroids  sample-return-mission

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