Hubble Sees Red Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Slowly Recovering After Blowing Its Top

Hubble Sees Red Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Slowly Recovering After Blowing Its Top

Research Box Title Analyzing data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019, losing a substantial part of its visible surface and producing a gigantic Surface Mass Ejection (SME). This is something never before seen in a … Read more

Did giant impacts start plate tectonics?

Did giant impacts start plate tectonics?

One of Earth’s defining features is its plate tectonics, a phenomenon that shapes the planet’s surface and creates some of its most catastrophic events, like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. While some features of plate tectonics have been spotted elsewhere in the Solar System, the Earth is the only planet we know of with the … Read more

Debris found on Mars surface likely netting, NASA says

Debris found on Mars surface likely netting, NASA says

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) says that a viral image of a clump of stringy material photographed on the surface of Mars is likely Dacron netting. The material is also used in thermal blankets, according to an agency blog post. However, before the string could be imaged … Read more

Summer’s last supermoon and meteor shower take the celestial stage tonight

A plane passes in front of a full moon July 13, in Milwaukee. The moon's orbit brought it closer to Earth than usual. This cosmic combo is called a supermoon. A supermoon will occur again on Thursday night.

A plane passes in front of a full moon July 13, in Milwaukee. The moon’s orbit brought it closer to Earth than usual. This cosmic combo is called a supermoon. A supermoon will occur again on Thursday night. (Morry Gash, Associated Press) Estimated read time: 4-5 minutes ATLANTA — Tonight’s sturgeon supermoon could have you … Read more

A story about a weird “magic switch” at MIT

A story about a weird "magic switch" at MIT

The Jargon File is “a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.” The first version was compiled in 1975 by a computer scientist at Stanford named Raphael Finke. It’s been maintained by various people and hosted on various computers over the years but in recent decades the canonical … Read more

Astronomers May Have Discovered the Youngest Planet Ever Detected in Our Galaxy

Circumplanetary Disk Star AS 209

Scientists studying the young star AS 209 have detected gas in a circumplanetary disk for the first time, which suggests the star system may be harboring a very young Jupiter-mass planet. Science images from the research show (right) blob-like emissions of light coming from otherwise empty gaps in the highly-structured, seven-ring disk (left). Credit: ALMA … Read more

August full moon: When to see the sturgeon supermoon

August full moon: When to see the sturgeon supermoon

Named by the Native American Algonquin tribe after sturgeon fish that were more easily caught in the Great Lakes and other bodies of water during this time of year, the sturgeon moon ends 2022’s series of four supermoons, which began in May, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. After sunset, look toward the southeast to … Read more

Antarctica ice sheet crumbling faster than previously thought, satellite imagery shows

Antarctica ice sheet crumbling faster than previously thought, satellite imagery shows

The first-of-its-kind study, led by researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles and published in the journal Nature, raises new concern about how fast climate change is weakening Antarctica’s floating ice shelves and accelerating the rise of global sea levels. The study’s key finding was that the net loss of Antarctic ice … Read more