ESO’s VLT spots first direct evidence of planet birth

ESO’s VLT spots first direct evidence of planet birth

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) have revealed possible signs of a star system being born. Around young star, AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of gas and dust, where astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a…

Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky cliff on Mars, revealing the first evidence of ancient rivers that existed for more than 100 000 years on the surface of the planet, 3.7 billion years ago. The international team of scientists used…

Digital Unified Global Geologic Map of the Moon

Digital Unified Global Geologic Map of the Moon

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute, has released the Unified Geologic Map of the Moon– the first time the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped. "People have always been fascinated…

Astronomers detect the brightest and most powerful supernova ever

Astronomers detect the brightest and most powerful supernova ever

Astronomers have detected the brightest and most powerful supernova ever– the explosion was so massive that it was previously thought to be impossible. The SN2016aps supernova, which was observed by the PanSTARRS Survey for Transients on February 22, 2016, in a…

Voyager 2 data from 34 years ago reveal one more secret about Uranus

Voyager 2 data from 34 years ago reveal one more secret about Uranus

Scientists reinspecting 34-year-old data from NASA's Voyager 2 have discovered one more secret about Uranus– something appears to have been pulling the ice-cold planet's atmosphere out into space. On January 24, 2986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew within 81…

Nearly 140 new minor planets discovered in the outer solar system

Nearly 140 new minor planets discovered in the outer solar system

Researchers identified almost 140 new minor planets in the outer solar system after searching through information collected by the Dark Energy Survey (DES)– a project investigating the dynamics of the expansion of the universe through mapping the southern sky. DES…

Astronomers accidentally discover rare eclipse of two brown dwarfs

Astronomers accidentally discover rare eclipse of two brown dwarfs

An international team of astronomers searching for potentially habitable alien planets made an accidental discovery of two brown dwarfs eclipsing each other. The astronomers were working on a project called the Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars…

Amateur astronomers discover new type of rare, pulsating star

Amateur astronomers discover new type of rare, pulsating star

An unusual tear-drop shaped star that only pulsates on one side has been discovered by amateur astronomers, who saw the anomaly in data taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). It is reportedly the first of its kind, and scientists are…