Is Saturn forming a new Moon?

Exactly one year ago, astronomer Carl Murray a scientist from Queen Mary University of London discovered a curious disturbance in the A ring of Saturn. Analysing the data of the Cassini probe which was...
Dark, seasonal flows emanate from bedrock exposures at Palikir Crater on Mars in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Water flowing on Mars

NASA has announced that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped some interesting photos that seem to indicate that water still flows on the surface of the red planet during the summer months. No water was directly detected...

The Universe’s composition is the same everywhere

The Japanese X-ray satellite SUZAKU has looked at the distribution of gas around the Virgo cluster, a large galaxy cluster close to the Milky Way and the second brightest in X-rays. It discovered that...

Visiting The European Astronaut Centre

Recently, I've had the chance to visit the European Astronaut Centre, one of the important facilities belonging to the European Space Agency.  I was there as part of a research test and I got the...

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...

There’s a lack of young stars around the core of the Milky Way

According to a new study, a major revision of the Milky Way is necessary. A team of Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers has discovered a large region of our galaxy which lacks any...

Seeing Steve – Observing the new Aurora phenomenon 

As you might have seen in a previous post, I was recently in the Arctic circle and was lucky enough to enjoy the natural spectacle of the Aurora borealis! Northern lights are weird; I...

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 first terrestrial exoplanet around a star visible to the naked eye

In the almost 20 years since the discovery of the first exoplanet orbiting a main-sequence star, we have gone from thinking that planets are a cosmic curiosity to a common feature of the Universe. The...

4 astronomical dates to look forward to in 2015

6th of March - Dawn arrives at Ceres. The space probe Dawn, which recently took some stunning pictures of the asteroid Vesta, will encounter Ceres in March. Ceres is the largest object in the Asteroid...

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