Starts With a Bang! 21 Jul 2020, 14:01 UTC It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Neutrinos, these tiny, ghostly, elusive but fundamental particles, weren’t supposed to have mass. According to the Standard Model of elementary particles, we should have three types of neutrino (electron, muon and tau) and three types of antineutrino, and they should be stable and unchanging in their properties once they’re created.
New Scientist 20 Jul 2020, 16:00 UTC Several dozen active volcanic sites have been identified on Venus for the first time. The discovery may aid future missions to the planet and add to our understanding of why there is life on Earth, but not Venus.
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Planet Nine: is it a planet, a primordial black hole, or something else entirely? - Astronomy and space – Physics World17 Jul 2020, 15:57 UTC Planet Nine is a hypothetical world in the far reaches of our Solar System. Proposed in 2016 by Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin, its existence would explain the unusual orbits of certain Kuiper belt objects (KBOs). But are we completely sure that Planet Nine in fact a planet?
Universe Today 17 Jul 2020, 11:07 UTC In February of 2017, the scientific community rejoiced as NASA announced that a nearby star (TRAPPIST-1) had a system of no less than seven rocky planets! Since that time, astronomers have conducted all kinds of follow-up observations and studies in the hopes of learning more about these exoplanets. In particular, they have been attempting to learn if any of the planets located in the stars Habitable Zone (HZ) could actually be habitable.
Bad Astronomy 16 Jul 2020, 13:00 UTC One of the more interesting galaxies in the sky is IC 342. It’s a face-on spiral, somewhat smaller than the Milky Way, and really there’s nothing in it or about it intrinsically that makes it particularly special compared to so many other galaxies we observe.
Air & Space Magazine 15 Jul 2020, 18:00 UTC A dusty atmosphere will increase the chances of life existing, but also make it harder to find.
NASA Space Station Blog 15 Jul 2020, 15:10 UTC Two NASA astronauts finalized their preparations today, ahead of Thursday’s spacewalk, to complete battery swaps on the outside of the International Space Station. NASA Flight Engineer Bob Behnken and Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy organized their tools and readied the Quest airlock for the spacewalk set to begin tomorrow at 7:35 a.m.