These infrared images of Saturn’s moon Titan represent some of the clearest global views of the icy moon’s surface. The views were created using 13 years of data acquired by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer instrument onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Nantes/University of Arizona NASA scientists identified a […]

The massive asteroid 16 Psyche is the subject of a new study by SwRI scientist Tracy Becker, who observed the object at ultraviolet wavelengths. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU Researcher made first observations of asteroid at mid-ultraviolet wavelengths. A new study authored by Southwest Research Institute planetary scientist Dr. Tracy Becker discusses several […]

This illustration highlights the Moon’s Clavius Crater with an illustration depicting water trapped in the lunar soil there, along with an image of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) that found sunlit lunar water. Credits: NASA/Daniel Rutter NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first […]

TOI 700, a planetary system 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado, is home to TOI 700 d, the first Earth-size habitable-zone planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched in 2018 with the goal of […]

This artist’s impression shows LTT 9779b near the star it orbits and highlights the planet’s ultra-hot (2000 Kelvin) day-side and its quite toasty night-side (around 1000 K). Credit: Ethen Schmidt A team led by an astronomer from the University of Kansas has crunched data from NASA’s TESS and Spitzer space telescopes to portray […]

Super Heavyweight and Flyweight in a Cosmic Dance Volunteer distributed computing project Einstein@Home discovers neutron star in unusual binary system. After more than two decades, an international research team led by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI) in Hannover has identified a Galactic “mystery source” of gamma rays: a […]

The Milky Way Galaxy is seen in this illustration. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech) A halo is a large region filled with hot gas that surrounds a galaxy, also known as a “circumgalactic medium.” The heated gaseous halo around the Milky Way was the incubator for the Milky Way’s formation some 13 billion […]

Composite image showing Jupiter’s moon Io in radio (ALMA), and optical light (Voyager 1 and Galileo). The ALMA images of Io show for the first time plumes of sulfur dioxide (in yellow) rise up from its volcanoes. Jupiter is visible in the background (Hubble). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), I. de Pater […]

Stars identified in the research have formed “shell structures” in the aftermath of a radial merger occurring 3-billion years ago. Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Evidence of broadside collision with dwarf galaxy discovered in Milky Way. Nearly 3 billion years ago, a dwarf galaxy plunged into the center of the Milky Way […]