Bright Green Meteors Seem to Be Raining Down on New Zealand, But Why?

Bright Green Meteors Seem to Be Raining Down on New Zealand, But Why?

New Zealand may seem to be under meteor bombardment at the moment. After a huge meteor exploded above the sea near Wellington on July 7, creating a sonic boom that could be heard across the bottom of the South Island, a smaller fireball was captured two weeks later above Canterbury. Fireballs Aotearoa, a collaboration between … Read more

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already expanded humanity’s vision further into time and space than ever before, giving a breathtaking sneak peek of the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the early Universe to date. Now, NASA has just unveiled five more stunning full-color images captured by the most ambitious telescopes humanity has … Read more

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth’s Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth's Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

Our living planet is unique among all we’ve been able to explore in the Universe so far. From our axial tilt preventing too many temperature extremes, to our goldilocks zone position, life on Earth depends on many finely balanced, interwoven cycles that come together to produce the exact circumstances we need to thrive. One of … Read more

Tonga Volcano Blasted Out Pressure Waves “Very Close to The Theoretical Limit”

Tonga Volcano Blasted Out Pressure Waves "Very Close to The Theoretical Limit"

The massive eruption from the underwater Tonga volcano in the Pacific earlier this year generated a blast so powerful, it sent massive pressure waves rippling through the atmosphere and around the globe. These waves were the fastest ever observed within our atmosphere, reaching speeds of 720 miles (1,158 kilometers) per hour, a new study finds. … Read more

Mars Has So Much Radiation, Any Signs of Life Would Be Buried Six Feet Under

Mars Has So Much Radiation, Any Signs of Life Would Be Buried Six Feet Under

The search for life on Mars may have just gotten a whole lot more complicated. While rovers such as Curiosity and Perseverance scour the surface looking for traces of ancient life, new evidence reveals we may have to dig much deeper to find them. Any evidence of amino acids left over from a time when … Read more

Meteorite Discovery Challenges Our Understanding of How Mars Formed

Meteorite Discovery Challenges Our Understanding of How Mars Formed

A small chunk of rock that once broke away from Mars and found its way to Earth may hold clues that reveal surprising details about the red planet’s formation. A new analysis of the Chassigny meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1815, suggests that the way Mars obtained its volatile gases – such as carbon, … Read more

Plants Appear to Be Breaking Biochemistry Rules by Making ‘Secret Decisions’

Plants Appear to Be Breaking Biochemistry Rules by Making 'Secret Decisions'

Researchers have just discovered a previously unknown process that makes sense of the ‘secret decisions’ plants make when releasing carbon back into the atmosphere. “We found that plants control their respiration in a way we did not expect, they control how much of the carbon from photosynthesis they keep to build biomass by using a … Read more

New Study Suggests That a Young Jupiter Gobbled Up Plenty of Planetesimals

New Study Suggests That a Young Jupiter Gobbled Up Plenty of Planetesimals

Jupiter is composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. The amounts of each closely conform to the theoretical quantities in the primordial solar nebula. But it also contains other heavier elements, which astronomers call metals. Even though metals are a small component of Jupiter, their presence and distribution tell astronomers a lot. According to a … Read more

An Entirely New Kind of Highly Reactive Chemicals Has Been Found in The Atmosphere

An Entirely New Kind of Highly Reactive Chemicals Has Been Found in The Atmosphere

Every lungful of air we suck down is mostly made up of nitrogen, with a generous helping of oxygen, and a dash of carbon dioxide. But dusting this atmospheric soup is a whole encyclopedia of different compounds and elements, some of which we can only speculate about. One of those mysteries just came into focus, … Read more

The Ghostly Sounds of Auroras Can Be Heard, Even When They’re Invisible

The Ghostly Sounds of Auroras Can Be Heard, Even When They're Invisible

If you’re up high, and you listen carefully on nights when the northern sky dances with blazing sheets of green light – Earth’s spectacular aurora borealis – you might hear some ghostly sounds. Almost imperceptible, the sounds had only been heard during the wildest aurora displays, described as rushing sounds, like a waterfall at a … Read more