As NASA prepares for our return to the Moon, innumerable activities to equip, shelter, and otherwise support future astronauts are underway.  These astronauts will be eating and drinking, and subsequently urinating and defecating in microgravity and lunar gravity.  While astronauts are in the cabin and out of their spacesuits, they will need […]

Artist’s impression of the multiplanetary system of newly discovered super-Earths orbiting nearby red dwarf Gliese 887. Credit: Mark Garlick International researchers led by University of Göttingen find multiple planet system orbiting Gliese 887. The nearest exoplanets to us provide the best opportunities for detailed study, including searching for evidence of […]

Animation Possible light flare observed from small black holes within the disk of a massive black hole. When two black holes spiral around each other and ultimately collide, they send out ripples in space and time called gravitational waves. Because black holes do not give off light, these events are not expected […]

By using a new measuring method — the so-called X-ray Thomson scattering — an international team of researchers was able to prove that the high pressure inside planets like Neptune or Uranus dissolves hydrocarbon into its individual parts and converts the released carbon atoms into diamond structures. Thanks to the […]

Illustration of AU Mic b orbiting its parent star, AU Mic. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Chris Smith (USRA) Astronomers study stars and planets much younger than the Sun to learn about past events that shaped the Solar System and Earth. Most of these stars are far enough away to […]