Andy Briggs

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The Camera That Will Transform Our Understanding of the Universe

Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Paul O’Connor explains the mind-boggling promise of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.<p>There’s a mystery at the …

Neo4j and NASA: When graph database technology really is rocket science

Graph technology is finding uses in all branches of science and technology and, courtesy of NASA, we can add rocket science to the list.<p>NASA has been …

How Do Stars Form? Black Hole Producing Star-Making Cold Gas In A Prolific Galaxy 5.7 Billion Light-Years Away

Black holes are more than just hungry voids that gobble up anything and everything they come across. They routinely create hot plasma jets and gas …

NASA's Cassini Probe Captures Stunning Views of Saturn's Moon Dione

NASA's Cassini probe, which has been in orbit around Saturn for over a decade, just sent back a handful of gorgeous images of the planet's rocky moon Dione. The picture above, taken on Wednesday, shows a close-up of Dione's surface with the bright rings of Saturn peeking out from behind.<p>This shot …

Getting close to Iapetus

Iapetus: March 31, 2015

Cosmos - The science of everything

The evolutionary tale of birds is full of twists, turns and discoveries that continue to rewrite the history books. Paul Willis leads us through the …

Victorian Era

Previously Unknown Region from Dawn of Solar System Gave Rise to Earth, Mars, Venus

A research group in the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory has found evidence in meteorites that hint at the discovery of a previously unknown region …

Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places? - Out There

By Corey S. Powell | March 15, 2015 2:56 pm<p>Europa, seen orbiting in front of Jupiter, emits plumes of water (visualized in blue). Beneath its icy …

Surprise! Canadian Double Crater Formed by 2 Separate Impact Events

An asteroid smashing into a planet can dramatically alter the planet's habitability by setting back evolution or even encouraging biodiversity.<p>In …

Lockheed Martin Unveils Jupiter and Exoliner Space Transports

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a spaceflight architecture that it says could take cargo to the International Space Station and help facilitate humanity's spread out into the solar system.<p>Lockheed hopes the system — which features a space tug known as Jupiter and a supply module called Exoliner — wins …

Have Astronomers Finally Found Dark Matter?

It’s been a mystery for 80 years—but gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy could finally tell scientists what dark matter is really made of.<p>It’s too early to say for certain, but astronomers may have picked up a new clue to the nature of dark matter—invisible cosmic stuff with at least five times the mass …

Jupiter's moon Ganymede has a salty ocean with more water than Earth

A salty ocean is lurking beneath the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found.<p>The ocean on …

Fierce 'Superflares' from the Sun Zapped the Infant Earth

Our young sun may have routinely blasted Earth with gobs of energy more powerful than any similar bombardments recorded in human history.<p>Huge bursts …

Happy Birthday, Kepler! NASA Planet Hunter Marks 6 Years in Space

NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope, which has discovered more than half of all known planets beyond our solar system, just celebrated six years …

What's Next for NASA's Dawn Probe at Dwarf Planet Ceres?

NASA's Dawn probe has begun orbiting Ceres, but the spacecraft still has some traveling to do before it starts taking the dwarf planet's measure.<p>Dawn …

40 maps that explain outer space - Vox

Space is uniquely difficult for us to wrap our heads around. It's bigger, by many orders of magnitude, than anything we ever experience firsthand, and involves processes that unfold over the course of billions of years. One thing that can help you visualize space is maps and graphics like these — …

Watch MMS spacecraft launch March 12

A stack of four identical spacecraft will study Earth’s magnetosphere – the comet-shaped magnetic shield that protects us from “space weather.” Watch …

Galaxy bends light to create 4 views of supernova

The sky is filled with “magnifying glasses” that allow astronomers to study very distant objects barely visible with even the largest existing …

NASA Astrobiology

AbSciCon 2019: Save the DateThe 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) will be held June 24-28th01/05<p>Spain’s Centro de …

Big History

Exorings on the Horizon

Saturn Eclipsing the Sun as seen from Cassini Spacecraft. NASA/JPL.<p>Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the …

Planet 'Reared' by Four Parent Stars

Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system. The planet was known before, but was thought to …

Titan's Atmosphere Created As Gases Escaped Core

Titan’s hazy atmosphere completely blocks the moon’s surface from view in optical wavelengths. In behind is a smaller moon, Tethys. Credit: …

How alien life might look on Saturn's moon Titan

Scientists have come up with a cellular lifeform which could exist in the chemical conditions on Saturn's moon Titan<p>Alien lifeforms may exist in the solar system but they would look very different to life on Earth, scientists have suggested.<p>A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that …

Dawn on Ceres: Nasa probe to enter dwarf planet's orbit

Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/UCLA<p>Dwarf planet Ceres and the giant asteroid Vesta in comparison to Mars, Mercury, and Earth’s moon.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425061857164/24617728-c3f0-4612-b96c-1d895c03d92b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/UCLA<p>…

Astronomy

March 2015

“Completely implausible”—a controversial paper exists, but so do black holes

A researcher stands by her arguments against black holes; other scientists are skeptical.<p>There once was a time when the existence of black holes was …

Black Holes

Comet 67P: Target of Rosetta Mission

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is a small body visited by two spacecraft in 2014: the Rosetta orbiter and the Philae lander. The European Space …