Outer Space

Antlia 2 is slightly larger than the Large Magellanic Cloud and is almost 1/3 of the Milky Way itself. (Image: V. Belokurov and A. Smith (Cambridge, UK and CCA, New York, US) based on the images by Marcus and Gail Davies and Robert Gendler)

Gaia Spots a ‘Ghost’ Galaxy

An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, discovered the massive object when trawling through data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia 2 (or Ant 2), has avoided detection until now thanks…

Much of Phobos' surface is covered with strange linear grooves. New research bolsters the idea that boulders blasted free from Stickney crater (the large depression on the right) carved those iconic grooves.
(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)

Mars Moon Got Its Grooves From Rolling Stones

A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact. The research, published in Planetary and Space Science, uses computer models…

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Gaia Spots a ‘Ghost’ Galaxy

An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, discovered the massive object when trawling through data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia…

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Scientists Have Captured the Sound of a Sunrise on Mars

Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a 2-minute piece of music. Researchers created…

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Mars Moon Got Its Grooves From Rolling Stones

A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact. The…

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All You Need to Know About the Milky Way

For thousands of years, people have been puzzling over the milky strip that extends across the entire firmament. In the modern era, Galileo Galilei discovered that this Milky Way consists…

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‘Red Nuggets’ Are Galactic Gold for Astronomers

About a decade ago, astronomers discovered a population of small, but massive galaxies called “red nuggets.” A new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that black holes have squelched…

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Distant Moons May Harbor Life

We’ve all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons? UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons.