Planets Close to Their Stars Have Magma Oceans

We’ve discovered a number of “lava planets” or “magma worlds” throughout the Milky Way. These planets are in such close proximity to their stars that their surface is literally melted into a perpetual ocean of lava.

The Average Temperature of the Universe Is Getting Hotter

According to a new U.S. research  it appears that the Universe is actually getting hotter as time goes on. The mean temperature of cosmic gas has increased more than 10 times and reached about 2.2 million K.

SpaceX, NASA Crew-1 mission docks with ISS

After an impressive night launch Sunday, the Crew Dragon Resilience docks with the International Space Station for a long-term stay. This is a new era of operational flights to the ISS from the Florida coast.

Milky Way magnetar likely source of fast radio burst

Until now, the source of Fast Radio Bursts was a mystery. Now astronomers at multiple institutions have pinpointed the FRB spotted in the Milky Way and conclude it most likely was generated by a magnetar.

Where were Jupiter and Saturn born?

New work reveals the likely original locations of Saturn and Jupiter. These findings refine our understanding of the Solar System's unusual architecture, including the ejection of an additional planet between Saturn and Uranus.

95% Chance of an Earth-Like Planet Within 20 Light Years

Recently, an international team of scientists, combined data from Kepler Space Telescope and Gaia Observatory revealed is that half of the Sun-like stars in our Universe could have rocky, potentially-habitable planets.

"Weird" Molecule Discovered in Titan's Atmosphere

NASA scientists identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere - cyclopropenylidene, or C3H2. This simple molecule may be a precursor to possible life on Titan.

NASA's SOFIA discovers water on sunlit surface of Moon

NASA has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.

Direct evidence of volcanic impact on Io's atmosphere

Previous research has shown that Io's atmosphere is dominated by sulfur dioxide gas. Now, astronomers could, for the first time, clearly see the plumes of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and sulfur monoxide (SO) rise up from the volcanoes.

OSIRIS-REx captures samples from asteroid Bennu

NASA's asteroid sampling aircraft OSIRIS-REx, which touched asteroid Bennu last week, has collected such abundant quantity of asteroid particles that it is jammed open and these particles are leaking slowly in the space.

The Most Comprehensive 3D Map of Galaxies

A team of U.S. astronomers have created the Pan-STARRS1 Source Types and Redshifts with Machine Learning (PS1-STRM), the world’s largest three-dimensional astronomical catalog.

Venus' Atmosphere Contains Amino Acids

A team of researchers claims they've discovered the amino acid glycine in Venus' atmosphere. There are about 500 known amino acids, but only 20 are present in the genetic code. Glycine is the simplest of them.

SpaceX launches 14th batch of Starlink internet satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fired 60 more Starlink internet relay satellites into orbit Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center with another set awaiting launch Wednesday from the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Galaxies trapped in the web of a supermassive black hole

Astronomers have found six galaxies lying around a supermassive black hole when the Universe was less than a billion years old. This is the first time such a close grouping has been seen so soon after the Big Bang.

Planets Don't Wait for Their Star to Form First

It looks like we may have to update our theories on how stars and planets form in new solar systems. According to a new study, it looks like planets and stars can form and grow up together.