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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Slips to 2020, and Astronomy Suffers

Damaged thrusters and a torn sunshield are keeping the telescope grounded perhaps until May 2020—and throwing astronomy and astrophysics into turmoil

Newfound Alien Planet is a Metal-Heavy Cannonball

Scientists have discovered a metal-heavy cannonball of an exoplanet resembling an Earth-size version of Mercury.<p>This newfound world could help shed …

Astronomy

Round-up: sunspots and solar flares

Scientists are edging ever closer to an understanding of the Sun’s unpredictable outbursts.

Whisper From the First Stars Sets Off Loud Dark Matter Debate

The news about the first stars in the universe always seemed a little off. Last July, Rennan Barkana, a cosmologist at Tel Aviv University, received …

Dark Matter

An Italian experiment is tantalizingly close to detecting dark matter

A detector in Italy may have cracked the dark matter puzzle — if only other scientists could reproduce the results<p>In the history of physics, there are occasional metaphorical shouts from the void that are observed once and never again. The Wow! signal, one of the best candidates for a radio …

Google's AI found an overlooked exoplanet

NASA enlists some machine learning help to boost the search for other worlds<p>NASA has discovered an eighth planet around a distant star, which means we’re no longer the largest solar system we know of. The discovery was made thanks to some artificial intelligence help from Google, which found the …

What is the Radial Velocity Method?

<i>Welcome back to our series on Exoplanet-Hunting methods! Today, we look at another widely-used and popular method of exoplanet detection, known as</i> …

Astronomy

Astronomers Find Another Solar System with 8 Planets. Uh, Pluto, About that Deplaneting…

With every passing year, more and more extra-solar planets are discovered. To make matters more interesting, improvements in methodology and …

What biological clocks and geological rocks tell us about life in space

One of the first geological lessons we learn is that continents are constantly moving. The evidence of these plate tectonic movements is written in …

Earth Science

Saturn’s moon Titan has a key ingredient that could be used to cook up life

How to form cell membranes in lakes of methane<p>Saturn’s moon Titan harbors a key chemical ingredient that may allow organisms to exist on this distant, chilly world. Astronomers have spotted a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that could be instrumental in the formation of cells, which are a crucial …

The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Absolutely Incredible

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Astronomy

Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life--and Rare in Our Galaxy

Our planet is in constant flux. Tectonic plates—the large slabs of rock that divide Earth’s crust so that it looks like a cracked eggshell—jostle …

Earth Science

ESOcast 117 Light: Eyes Wide Open for New Exoplanet Hunter (4K UHD)

Soar over Pluto and Charon

To celebrate the 2-year anniversary of New Horizon’s flyover of the Pluto system, NASA released these 2 cool videos. Sail over the surface of Pluto …

Solar System

There's Growing Evidence That Pluto's Largest Moon Had a Massive Ocean

Pluto’s moon Charon is the best sidekick a dwarf planet could hope for: unwavering in its loyalty, content to be a minor character in somebody else’s …

Solar System

The Resilience of Life to Astrophysical Events

Much attention has been given in the literature to the effects of astrophysical events on human and land-based life. However, little has been …

Jets from a Distance

Photojournal: PIA21338<p>Enceladus' intriguing south-polar jets are viewed from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in …

A Simple Bacterium Reveals How Stress Drives Evolution

The researchers examined the biological processes of E.coli, a common bacteria. Credit: NIAID<p>A common bacteria is furthering evidence that evolution …

Biology

Long After Humanity is Gone and the Sun Dies, the Water Bears Will be There

Like all living creatures, stars have a natural lifespan. After going through their main sequence phase, they eventually exhaust their nuclear fuel …

Some invasive species actually help their new habitats thrive

More nuance, less nativism.<p>The invasive species didn’t mean to be bad. Not really. Often introduced to solve uniquely human problems like pests or erosion, plants and animals that find themselves in a new place, far from their native habitat, aren’t <i>actually</i> making an effort to destroy everything …