Space

SwRI scientists dig into the origin of organics on Ceres.

19/10/2017 0

Since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft detected localized organic-rich material on Ceres, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been digging into the data to explore different scenarios for its origin. After considering the viability of comet or asteroid […]

Space

How bright is the moon, really?

18/10/2017 0

The “inconstant moon,” as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan […]

Space

Microbes leave “fingerprints” on Martian rocks.

18/10/2017 0

At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized “Mars farm” in order to simulate ancient and probably extinct microbial life — based […]

Space

Catch a fleeting kilonova.

17/10/2017 0

In the world of astrophysics, the 17th of August, 2017, was undoubtedly a red-letter day. First, NASA’s orbiting Fermi satellite identified a burst of high-energy gamma rays. Then, in the minute leading up to the […]

Space

Seeing the light of neutron star collisions.

17/10/2017 0

When two neutron stars collided on the 17th of August, a widespread search for electromagnetic radiation from the event led to observations of light from the afterglow of the explosion, finally connecting a gravitational-wave-producing event […]