The Omega Centauri cluster. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The Alpha and The Omega (Centauri) of Habitable Planets

Finding out if there is life in the Universe is far from easy and even the preliminary steps are full of uncertainties. Planetary scientists don’t completely agree on what ingredients make a planet habitable,...

New insight into the minor merger process

Galaxy mergers are violent interactions between galaxies and they are consider one of the fundamental steps in how galaxies form and evolve. Mergers occur when two (or more) galaxies collide. This interaction can radically...

Cracking the Moon

The Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) is the largest of the lunar maria (seas) covering roughly 4 million square kilometers (about the surface area of the EU). Its wide flat basaltic surface was believed...

A supernova in our galactic neighbourhood

An amateur Russian astronomer has observed a Supernova in M82, a galaxy that is only 12 million light years away (a walk to the chemist on cosmic scales). The supernova has been confirmed as a...

Alfredo’s Top 5 Physics & Astrophysics Stories Of 2015

NASA’s discovery of water on Mars Billions of years ago, Mars looked more welcoming to life than Earth was at the time. We have seen evidence of ancient lakes and river beds, but nowadays water...
The newly discovery dwarf planet shows up as red-green-blue coloured dots. Three images, each taken about two hours apart, were combined into one. The orbit of this world may be hinting that a planet far larger than Earth also lurks in the outer solar system Photograph: Scott S Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science

Rulers of the Oort Cloud

A new dwarf planet has recently been discovered in the solar system, orbiting at about 10 light hours from our Star. This is the furthest object belonging to our planetary system that we have been...

Why the discovery of gravitational waves is so important

Today, in my day job I wrote about the momentous discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO. There are four major discoveries associated with the detection: First of all, today it was announced that on 14th September...

The taming of the screw

I have a mathematician friend who believes that anything that it is mathematically possible exists somewhere in the multiverse. She believes that there are some features that are so beautiful, that it would be a crime if they were simply quirks of the Universal language.

Are there cows on Mars?

Obviously there are no cows on Mars but NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover detected an increase of methane in the atmosphere and organic molecules from the soil during one of its drilling sessions. The findings were...

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