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

Magnetic fields in space clouds feed young stars

Research helps solve some of the mysteries about how stars come to be and to what extent molecular clouds in interstellar space play a role.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space stars science-and-technology

Team finds brand new type of black hole

"Astronomers were making bets if such black holes existed or not, and people believed they could not exist, but we found it."

U. Florida • futurity
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space stars black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

Was our planet always wet?

The building blocks of our planet may have been the source of water on Earth rather than comets or asteroids from faraway, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space planets water meteorites asteroids science-and-technology

Galaxy simulations shed light on Milky Way’s origins

New galaxy simulations could help reveal the origins of the Milky Way and provide clues in the decades-long search for dark matter, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space dark-matter galaxies milky-way science-and-technology

Team measures Mars from crust to core

Seismologists used data from NASA's InSight Lander to get measurements deep within Mars. What they learned might clarify planetary formation.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space planets mars earthquakes science-and-technology

Quantum cosmology explains anomalies beyond Einstein’s physics

Quantum cosmology takes us "beyond the continuum described by general relativity where Einstein's physics breaks down—for example beyond the Big Bang."

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space quantum-physics science-and-technology albert-einstein

Dying star ashes hold clues to carbon in Milky Way

New research sheds light on how and when stars in our galaxy made carbon, "ending up within the raw material from which the sun and its planetary system..."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space carbon stars science-and-technology white-dwarfs

Quasar upends ideas about black hole formation

A new discovery "presents the biggest challenge yet for the theory of black hole formation and growth in the early universe."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space light black-holes science-and-technology quasar

Mystery object could be heavy star or light black hole

"We don't know if this object is the heaviest known neutron star, or the lightest known black hole, but either way it breaks a record."

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space stars black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

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