The planet-hunting Kepler space telescope is dead

The planet-hunting Kepler space telescope is dead The spacecraft’s mission is officially over after 9½ years BY LISA GROSSMAN 5:11PM, OCTOBER 30, 2018 KEPLER’S CURTAIN CALL NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shown in this artist’s illustration, found thousands of planets orbiting other stars. NASA Email Print Twitter Facebook Reddit Google+ SPONSOR MESSAGE NASA’s premier planet-hunting space telescope is … Read moreThe planet-hunting Kepler space telescope is dead

On Jupiter, lightning flashes from storms swirling at the poles

On Jupiter, lightning flashes from storms swirling at the poles The planet’s heat distribution explains why lightning doesn’t strike near the equator BY LEAH ROSENBAUM 12:00PM, JUNE 19, 2018 IN A FLASH  Unlike Earth lightning, which is most concentrated at the equator, Jupiter’s strikes at its poles, as shown in this artist’s rendition. SWRI, JPL-CALTECH/NASA, JUNOCAM … Read moreOn Jupiter, lightning flashes from storms swirling at the poles

The ecosystem that controls a galaxy’s future is coming into focus

The ecosystem that controls a galaxy’s future is coming into focus The circumgalactic medium has been hard to observe, but new tools now make it possible. BY LISA GROSSMAN 7:00AM, JULY 12, 2018 COSMIC CLOAK  Whirls of cold and hot gas billow in this simulation of a circumgalactic medium surrounding a galaxy. With new tools … Read moreThe ecosystem that controls a galaxy’s future is coming into focus

The universe’s continued existence implies extra dimensions are tiny

The universe’s continued existence implies extra dimensions are tiny Any extra dimensions are too tiny to create mini black holes that can blink us out of existence BY LISA GROSSMAN 4:34PM, OCTOBER 5, 2018 POP GOES THE UNIVERSE  If extra dimensions were large enough, a universe with different laws of physics could bubble up from … Read moreThe universe’s continued existence implies extra dimensions are tiny

Three gas clouds nearly grazed the edge of the Milky Way’s black hole

Three gas clouds nearly grazed the edge of the Milky Way’s black hole The observations confirm that the supermassive object really is a black hole BY EMILY CONOVER 2:18PM, OCTOBER 31, 2018 LIVING DANGEROUSLY  Scientists spotted flaring gas swirling close to the edge of a black hole, illustrated in this visualization based on a computer simulation. … Read moreThree gas clouds nearly grazed the edge of the Milky Way’s black hole

The Milky Way feasted on a smaller galaxy 10 billion years ago

The Milky Way feasted on a smaller galaxy 10 billion years ago The doomed galaxy’s stars still roam the sky, moving in the opposite direction of other stars BY LISA GROSSMAN 1:54PM, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 GOBBLE GOBBLE  The young Milky Way, shown in an artist’s impression, swallowed a smaller galaxy about 10 billion years ago. … Read moreThe Milky Way feasted on a smaller galaxy 10 billion years ago

Hubble has been busy since coming back online

Hubble has been busy since coming back online The space telescope orbiting Earth has been studying red dwarf flares BY JENNIFER LEMAN 4:29PM, NOVEMBER 2, 2018 SAY CHEESE  This image of a faraway galaxy cluster, released November 2, was taken with Hubble before the space telescope’s recent malfunctions. Hubble returned to work on October 26. HUBBLE/NASA … Read moreHubble has been busy since coming back online

What does Mars’ lake mean for the search for life on the Red Planet?

What does Mars’ lake mean for the search for life on the Red Planet? The water body, if confirmed, could potentially harbor microbes BY LISA GROSSMAN 1:56PM, JULY 27, 2018 WHAT LURKS BENEATH  Scientists think they’ve spotted a lake hidden under ice (white) near Mars’ south pole, shown in an image from ESA’s Mars Express … Read moreWhat does Mars’ lake mean for the search for life on the Red Planet?

We may not have found aliens yet because we’ve barely begun looking

We may not have found aliens yet because we’ve barely begun looking A new calculation compares the effort so far to exploring a hot tub’s–worth of Earth’s oceans BY LISA GROSSMAN 8:00AM, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?  The Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico has been used for decades in the search for … Read moreWe may not have found aliens yet because we’ve barely begun looking