Category: Discovery

Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

Despite their size, asteroids can be dangerous. Many have hit Earth in the past, and more will crash into our planet in the future. That’s one reason scientists study asteroids and are eager to...

‘Halos’ on Mars Suggest Conditions for Life Lasted Longer Than Thought

‘Halos’ on Mars Suggest Conditions for Life Lasted Longer Than Thought

Shortly after touching down inside the Red Planet’s 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater in August 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence that the area had harbored a potentially habitable lake-and-stream system in the ancient past. The...

Asteroid Odd Couple: Spitting Space-Rock Duo Is Truly Bizarre

Asteroid Odd Couple: Spitting Space-Rock Duo Is Truly Bizarre

In the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have discovered a pair of space rocks, collectively called 288P, that don’t behave like anything previously observed in that region. The rocks’ strange characteristics could...

Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

The town itself is so high up in the mountains that you have to bring your own cans of oxygen. Mobile phone signals frequently disappear around the mountains and valleys that surround the township....

Stellar Duo’s Spectacular Explosive Dance Illuminated Via 3D-Printed Model

Stellar Duo’s Spectacular Explosive Dance Illuminated Via 3D-Printed Model

The double-star system V745 Sco is about 25,000 light-years from Earth, and consists of a big, aging red giant star and a small stellar core called a white dwarf. As they orbit each other, material from the...

Space Lung Tissue Experiment Returns to Earth

Space Lung Tissue Experiment Returns to Earth

Little is known about how conditions in space affect astronauts’ lungs, according to Joaquin Cortiella, director of the Lab of Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at...

Glowing Red Eye: Cosmic Bubble Surrounds Odd ‘Carbon Star’

Glowing Red Eye: Cosmic Bubble Surrounds Odd ‘Carbon Star’

The huge star, known as U Antliae, lies about 900 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Antlia (the Air Pump). U Antliae has burned all the hydrogen and helium in its core and has...

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his...

Enhanced NASA Images Show Potential for Buried Ice Near the Martian Equator

Enhanced NASA Images Show Potential for Buried Ice Near the Martian Equator

NASA made headlines around the world back in 2015 when it discovered evidence of briny water flowing on the surface of Mars. The agency detected hydrated salts flowing within recurring slope lineae, or RSLs,...

Comet Likely Didn’t Cause Bizarre ‘Wow!’ Signal (But Aliens Might Have)

Comet Likely Didn’t Cause Bizarre ‘Wow!’ Signal (But Aliens Might Have)

An astronomer thinks he’s pinpointed the source of a mysterious radio signal from space: a passing comet that nobody knew about. But his colleagues said they’re still skeptical of the explanation, noting that comets...