History-making black hole seen to do a shimmy

Scientists trace a wobble in the brightness around M87* - the first black hole ever to be imaged.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astrophysics astronomy space-exploration black-holes

Did volcanoes turn Venus into a ‘hellish’ planet?

Some of the oldest terrain on Venus, known as tesserae, hint at past volcanic activity. Is that what made the planet the "hellish" place it is today?

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space planets volcanoes venus science-and-technology

Astronomers discover an Earth-sized “pi planet” with a 3.14-day orbit

The rocky world, with its baking-hot surface, is likely not habitable.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy exoplanets research stars tess school-of-science algorithms kavli-institute planetary-science space-astronomy-and-planetary-science eaps

Astronomers discover the first ‘ultrahot Neptune’: one of nature’s improbable planets

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, has discovered a new class of planet, an ‘ultrahot Neptune’,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy exoplanets

The detection of phosphine in Venus' clouds is a big deal – here's how we can find out if it's a sign of life

News that Venus may harbor life has swept the globe. So how do we find out for sure? A planetary scientist explains what's next.

Paul K. Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science, North Carolina State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  space  astronomy  nasa  life  extraterrestrial-life  venus  astrobiology

The detection of phosphine in Venus' clouds is a big deal – here's how we can find out if it really is life

News that Venus may harbor life has swept the globe. So how do we find out for sure? A planetary scientist explains what's next.

Paul K. Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science, North Carolina State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  space  astronomy  nasa  life  extraterrestrial-life  venus  astrobiology

UK Space Agency funds tech for orbital awareness

Grants will promote ideas to detect, characterise and track the millions of objects moving overhead.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space-debris oneweb

Astronomers may have found a signature of life on Venus

Evidence indicates phosphine, a gas associated with living organisms, is present in the habitable region of Venus’ atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy research school-of-science kavli-institute planetary-science space-astronomy-and-planetary-science eaps

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

Is there life floating in the clouds of Venus?

Telescope observations spy a gas high in the atmosphere of Venus that on Earth is made by microbes.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy planets space-exploration extraterrestrial-life

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