Category: Discoveries & Research

The Search for Life on Venus and Other Places in Our Solar System

In the continued search for life on Venus and other places in the solar system, a British research team discovered that the rancid and toxic phosphine gas that comes from microbes might exist in Venus’s acidic and burning atmosphere. Jane Greaves, an astronomer from Cardiff University and research team leader, said it should not be present on Venus due to the photochemical ...

NASA: Could the Subsurface Ocean in Pluto’s Icy Heart Have Alien Life?

Is there life on Pluto? A new study says that Pluto’s icy heart, Sputnik Planitia, could have a subsurface ocean beneath it that may be hiding alien life forms. The study, published in the journal Nature, says that the subsurface ocean under Sputnik Planitia region could be filled with ammonia, similar to what scientists have ...

Unveiling Rogue Planets With NASA’s Roman Space Telescope

New simulations show that NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to reveal myriad rogue planets – freely floating bodies that drift through our galaxy untethered to a star. Studying these island worlds will help us understand more about how planetary systems form, evolve, and break apart. Astronomers discovered planets beyond our solar ...

Hubble Finds That Betelgeuse’s Mysterious Dimming Is Due to a Traumatic Outburst

Observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are showing that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material ejected into space, forming a dust cloud that blocked starlight coming from Betelgeuse’s surface. Hubble researchers suggest that the dust cloud formed when superhot plasma unleashed from ...