Digging into the far side of the moon: Chang’E-4 probes 40 meters into lunar surface

Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters  The subsurface stratigraphy seen by Yutu-2 radar on the farside of the moon. Credit: CLEP/CRAS/NAOC A little over a year after landing, China’s spacecraft Chang’E-4 is continuing to unveil secrets from the far side of the Moon. The latest study, published on Feb.26 in Science Advances, reveals what lurks below…

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18-hour year planet on edge of destruction

Astronomers from the University of Warwick have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed for a planet of its type. University of Warwick Astronomers from the University of Warwick have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period…

Mars’ water was mineral-rich and salty

New study finds surface waters on early Mars may have been habitable for microbial life Tokyo Institute of Technology Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around…

NASA’s TESS mission uncovers its first world with two stars

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center In 2019, when Wolf Cukier finished his junior year at Scarsdale High School in New York, he joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a summer intern. His job was to examine variations in star brightness captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and uploaded to the…

TESS Finds First Earth-Size Planet in the Habitable Zone

From NASA Jan. 7, 2020 In a galaxy 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado sits a planetary system named TOI 700. It is home to TOI 700 d, the first Earth-size habitable-zone planet discovered by TESS, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Last Updated: Jan. 7, 2020 Editor: Yvette…

Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away

From NASA Dec. 31, 2019 Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away A galaxy about 23 million light years away is the site of impressive, ongoing fireworks. Rather than paper, powder and fire, this galactic light show involves a giant black hole, shock waves and vast reservoirs of gas. This galactic fireworks display is…