This artist’s concept depicts the asteroid Psyche, the target of NASA’s Psyche mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU New University of Arizona research finds that the target asteroid of NASA’s Psyche mission may not be as metallic or dense as previously predicted. The widely studied metallic asteroid known as 16 Psyche was long thought […]

This artist’s concept shows the planned flight path of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during its final flyby of asteroid Bennu, which is scheduled for April 7. Credit: ASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is on the brink of discovering the extent of the mess it made on asteroid Bennu’s surface during last fall’s […]

This artist’s concept shows the planned flight path of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during its final flyby of asteroid Bennu, scheduled for April 7, 2021. Credit: University of Arizona On April 7, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will give asteroid Bennu one last glance before saying farewell. Before departing for Earth on May 10, the OSIRIS-REx […]

The Very Large Telescope, or VLT, at the Paranal Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. VLT’s instrumentation was adapted to conduct a search for planets in the Alpha Centauri system as part of the Breakthrough initiatives. This stunning image of the VLT is painted with the colors of sunset and reflected […]

Artist’s conception of a brown dwarf. Credits: NASA/ESA/JPL Planetary scientists wondered if bands of winds or swirling storms dominated the atmospheres of brown dwarfs. University of Arizona-led research has solved the mystery. A University of Arizona-led research team has found bands and stripes on the brown dwarf closest to Earth, […]