California Institute of Technology 1 Mar 2018, 22:32 UTC Caltech scientists create new computer code for calculating neutron stars' "equation of state". Neutron stars consist of the densest form of matter known: a neutron star the size of Los Angeles can weigh twice as much as our sun. Astrophysicists don't fully understand how matter behaves under these crushing densities, let alone what happens when two neutron stars smash into each other or when a massive star explodes, creating a neutron star.
Hubble Space Telescope News 1 Mar 2018, 18:00 UTC
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 1 Mar 2018, 16:13 UTC Researchers have found a star that shines more than a million times as bright as the sun.
Square Kilometer Array 1 Mar 2018, 08:05 UTC In a paper published in the journal Nature yesterday, a team of US astronomers announced the detection of a signal from the first stars to have emerged in the Universe, about 180 million years after the Big Bang. After the Big Bang, the universe cooled and went dark for millions of years. In the darkness, gravity pulled matter together until stars formed and burst into life, bringing the ‘Cosmic Dawn’.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 28 Feb 2018, 20:02 UTC NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has conducted the first test of a new drilling technique on the Red Planet since its drill stopped working reliably.
MIT 28 Feb 2018, 17:59 UTC In a study published today in the journal Nature, astronomers from MIT and Arizona State University report that a table-sized radio antenna in a remote region of western Australia has picked up faint signals of hydrogen gas from the primordial universe.
SETI Institute 27 Feb 2018, 18:46 UTC New Studies of Clay Formation Provide Clues about Early Martian Climate: A new climate model was developed for Mars that better explains how clays formed on the surface. Short-term warm and wet environments, occurring sporadically in a generally cold early Mars, are proposed to explain formation of surface clays on Mars.
ESA Science & Technology 27 Feb 2018, 09:22 UTC Last year, ESA's Gaia mission helped astronomers make unique observations of Neptune's largest moon, Triton, as it passed in front of a distant star. This is a preview of the superb quality and versatility of the Gaia data that will be released in April.