Michael Mitchell

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Researchers study the sun's coronal rain in great detail

(Phys.org) —Just like on Earth, the Sun has spells of bad weather, with high winds and showers of rain. But unlike the all-too-frequent storms of the …

Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

(Phys.org) —A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to be the building …

3D map shows dusty structure of the Milky Way

(Phys.org) —A team of international astronomers has created a detailed three-dimensional map of the dusty structure of the Milky Way – the …

Spectral 'ruler' is first standardized way to measure stars

Previously, as with the longitude problem 300 years earlier for fixing locations on Earth, there was no unified system of reference for calibrating …

UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

Astronomers will discuss the case for UK involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project (LSST) on Monday 23 June at the National …

Time to think big: A call for a giant space telescope

(Phys.org) —In the nearly 25 years since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers and the public alike have enjoyed …

Live Science

Titan<p>Peering through Titan's hazy atmosphere, a high-resolution camera aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed Saturn moon's largest seas, the …

Astronomy

Remarkable white dwarf star possibly coldest, dimmest ever detected

A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its …

Titan's building blocks might pre-date Saturn

The team finds that our solar system is not old enough for this nitrogen isotope ratio to have changed significantly. This is contrary to what …

Higgs particle linked to matter, not just force, particles

<i>Posted on behalf of Alexandra Witze.</i><p>COPENHAGEN — Physicists working at CERN, the European particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, have snared …

Should the Higgs boson have caused our Universe to collapse?

(Phys.org) —British cosmologists are puzzled: they predict that the Universe should not have lasted for more than a second. This startling conclusion …

Catching a gravitational wave

(Phys.org) —When Albert Einstein proposed the existence of gravitational waves as part of his theory of relativity, he set in train a pursuit for …

Q&A: How a College Student Will Send a Time Capsule to Mars

Small cubes piggybacking on planned missions would carry millions of digital messages to the red planet.<p><b>A pioneering student effort to design, fund, launch, and land three small payloads on the surface of Mars kicked off Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with the ambitious goal</b> …

Last Word Archive | New Scientist

6 June 2018<p>Ferries and other craft crossing Sydney Harbour naturally leave a distinct wake, signified by trails of a lighter colour than the …

We can send humans back to space … if we fund Elon Musk instead of Nasa

"Elon Musk," the satellite industry insider told me over a beer, "has got to be the luckiest son of a bitch alive."<p>Musk – the insanely dedicated, wealthy and polarizing founder of PayPal, Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) – is on a hot streak when it comes to spaceflight. He's …

Celeb rover marks one Martian year on Mars with selfie

<i>(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)</i><p>Happy Marsiversary, Curiosity! NASA’s most famous Mars rover has now spent exactly one Martian year on our …

Parachutes for NASA's Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test

(Phys.org) —NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday.<p>A test …

Space tourism company breaks record for balloon high-altitude parafoil flight

An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the Earth.<p>World View Enterprises of Tucson said Tuesday that it launched the flight last week from Roswell, New …

Q&A: The 5 Ingredients Needed for Life Beyond Earth

A NASA scientist lists the essentials that extraterrestrial life must have to exist.<p>Back when astrogeophysicist Christopher McKay got his doctorate in 1982, the hunt for extraterrestrial life was confined to the solar system. The obvious places to look were the planets and moons that seemed most …

Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a …

STEREO maps much larger solar atmosphere than previously observed

Surrounding the sun is a vast atmosphere of solar particles, through which magnetic fields swarm, solar flares erupt, and gigantic columns of …

Nearby super-Earth is best habitable candidate so far, astronomers say

On a clear night, you might be able to spot the red dwarf star Gliese 832 through a backyard telescope, as it is just 16 light years away. Today, …

Cassini celebrates 10 years exploring Saturn

It has been a decade since a robotic traveler from Earth first soared over rings of ice and fired its engine to fall forever into the embrace of …

Physicist suggests speed of light might be slower than thought

(Phys.org) —Physicist James Franson of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has captured the attention of the physics community by posting an …

Mystery galactic glow may be echo of sterile neutrinos

<i>(Image: Chandra: NASA/CXC/SAO/E.Bulbul, et al.; XMM: ESA)</i><p>Something shadowy has reached out across the void from deep within the …

Dark Matter