Thunderstorms on Jupiter are so strong that they create ammonia-rich hail known as “mushballs” that may fall from the sky. New observations of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft could not only drastically change our understanding of the gas giant, but also of giant planet atmospheres in general, which are largely made of gas and are subject to much higher […]Read More Violent thunderstorms on Jupiter may form ‘mushballs’ that fall from the sky | Space
Far-off alien planets covered in vast oceans might be common in our Milky Way galaxy, scientists find. “Ocean worlds” are terrestrial planets that have significant amounts of water either on their surfaces or in a subsurface sea. Right here in our own solar system, Saturn and Jupiter host moons that fall under this watery category. […]Read More Our Milky Way galaxy may be teeming with ocean worlds | Space
The existence of a planet the size of Earth around the closest star in the Alpha Centauri star system, Proxima Centauri, has been confirmed by an international team of scientists including researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE). The results, which you can read all about in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, reveal that the planet […]Read More Presence of an Earth-Like Planet Around Our Nearest Star Confirmed – Evidence of a Mysterious Second Signal Discovered – SciTechDaily
Alien life might be purple. That’s the conclusion of a new research paper that suggests that the first life on Earth might have had a lavender hue. In the International Journal of Astrobiology, microbiologist Shiladitya DasSarma of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and postdoctoral researcher Edward Schwieterman at the University of California, Riverside, argue that before […]Read More Extraterrestrial Life Could Be Purple | Live Science
The newly detected icy world remains a candidate planet for now. Proxima b may not be an only child after all. In August 2016, astronomers announced that a roughly Earth-size exoplanet circles the closest star to the sun, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, which lies a mere 4.2 light-years from us. (For perspective, the Milky Way galaxy’s spiral disk […]Read More Proxima Centauri, the sun’s nearest neighbor, may host a 2nd alien planet. Meet Proxima c.