Mushballs, ammonia and storms on Jupiter
Juno data reveals more about planet’s weather.
Violent thunderstorms in Jupiter’s atmosphere may form “mushballs” – ammonia-rich hail –that play a key role in the p...
SpaceWatch: spiral arms and space junk
News of space exploration, astrophysics and astronomy.
Mars is space flavour of the month, with three spacecraft on their way and suggestions of a possible icy past, but th...
When Mars was like Canada
Analysis suggests early landscape was icy, not warm.
Ancient river channels on Mars may have formed beneath thick ice sheets, scientists say. It’s an important find, b...
Mars is the place (in space) to be
Three missions, three countries, one destination.
Mars is about to become crowded. When the spacecraft carrying NASA’s Perseverance rover safely launched from Cape Can...
Learning more about how spacecraft land
Scientists make good use of ‘messy turbulent flows’.
The focus this week has been on the launch of the spacecraft carrying the Perseverance rover to Mars (see mission sta...
A strange and ancient globular cluster
Scientists find remnants of the ‘last of its kind’.
Astronomers have discovered a “shredded globular cluster” – the remnants of a collection of stars torn apart by the M...
Travel with maps and Perseverance
Astrogeologists check the lay of the (Martian) land.
A long trip needs a good map. Just to be safe, the US Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Centre has created two...
Summer on Saturn and an icy pole
Hubble and Juno send us more arresting images.
Sometimes all you need for a great photo is an interesting subject. Here we present two such examples. Above is a ...
Tracing the origin of oddball meteorites
It’s complex, multi-layered and quite magnetic.
The earliest objects in the Solar System may have been more complex than scientists have assumed. New research sug...
A flash of inspiration
Rare event may explain how white dwarfs explode.
Astrophysicists have spotted a spectacular flash of ultraviolet light accompanying a white dwarf explosion. The bl...
Giant exoplanets and a huge magnetic field
Two new images from space inform and intrigue.
Here are two more images from space that have astronomers pretty excited. Above is a radio/optical composite image...
The ultimate map of the Universe
Two decades of work fills an 11-billion-year gap.
Astrophysicists have created the largest and most complete 3D map of the Universe. It includes measurements of mor...