Open menu

Space Exploration News

The latest news about space exploration and technologies,
astrophysics, cosmology, the universe...

RSS Subscribe to our Space Exploration News feed

Rediscovering Venus to find faraway earths

As the search for Earth-like planets wages on, a team of researchers may have found a way to speed up the process. The team is developing a new laser-based technology known as the green astro-comb to obtain information about the mass of a distant planet. Using this information, astronomers will be able to determine whether distant exoplanets are rocky worlds like Earth or less dense gas giants like Jupiter.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2014

Read more

Inside the Milky Way

Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but an astrophysicist is searching for an answer.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2014

Read more

Mars One (and done?)

MIT team independently assesses the technical feasibility of the proposed Mars One mission.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2014

Read more

Zeroing in on a source of gamma rays

Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of radioactive waves known in the universe. However, how they're made and where they come from have been a bit of a mystery. But now a team of researchers has made a discovery that may shed some light on the subject.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2014

Read more

Hungry black hole eats faster than thought possible

Astronomers have discovered a black hole that is consuming gas from a nearby star 10 times faster than previously thought possible. The black hole - known as P13 - lies on the outskirts of the galaxy NGC7793 about 12 million light years from Earth and is ingesting a weight equivalent to 100 billion billion hot dogs every minute.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2014

Read more

Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun

Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets from beyond our solar system and complex chemical scenarios. New experiments using a powerful source of ultraviolet light have shown that no extra-solar explanation is needed and the chemistry is straight forward.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2014

Read more

Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars

Certain primordial stars - those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our sun, or solar masses - may have died unusually. In death, these objects would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind.

Posted: Sep 29th, 2014

Read more