TESS Science Office at MIT hits milestone of 5,000 exoplanet candidates

Catalog of planet candidates nearly doubles in size during 2020-21.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 20, 2022 ~3 min

Tonga eruption: we are watching for ripples of it in space

Volcanic eruptions can wreak havoc in the upper atmosphere.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 19, 2022 ~7 min

Team clarifies puzzle of moon’s magnetic power

How could our tiny moon have had such a strong magnetic field early in its history? A new study offers some answers.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 14, 2022 ~8 min

Artemis 1: how this 2022 lunar mission will pave the way for a human return to the Moon

The mission is set to launch in March 2022. Here’s what you need to know.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Jan. 12, 2022 ~7 min

Send tardigrades on ‘wafercraft’ into interstellar space?

Scientists are contemplating launching tiny lifeforms like tardigrades into interstellar space. After traveling in suspended animation, they'd awaken at the destination.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 10, 2022 ~12 min

What happens when someone dies in space? Space tourism brings new legal and moral issues

One day more of us may be able to travel further into space, and for longer.

Nick Caplan, Professor of Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Jan. 7, 2022 ~7 min

Real shooting stars exist, but they aren't the streaks you see in a clear night sky

Hypervelocity stars were discovered only 15 years ago and are the closest things in existence to real shooting stars. They travel at millions of miles per hour, so fast that they can escape from galaxies.

Idan Ginsburg, Academic Faculty in Physics & Astronomy, Georgia State University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2022 ~8 min

Curious Kids: could the Earth ever stop spinning, and what would happen if it did?

Only a planet crashing into it might stop the Earth’s spin.

Jacco van Loon, Astronomer, Keele University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2022 ~6 min

mRNA vaccines, asteroid missions and collaborative robots: what to watch in science in 2022 – podcast

Experts give us a science preview for 2022, plus what lies in store for global inequality. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Gemma Ware, Editor and Co-Host, The Conversation Weekly Podcast, The Conversation • conversation
Jan. 6, 2022 ~7 min

Asteroids, the Moon and Mars: space missions to look forward to in 2022

Nasa plans to test its new rocket system for the Moon, and a new rover is due to begin its journey to Mars.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2022 ~5 min