complex life on earth started sooner than previously thought: study

Microbes have been able to oxygenate photosynthesis at least a billion years earlier in Earth’s history than previously thought. This hypothesis put forward by British biologists at Imperial College London has upset the widely accepted theory of the moment of the appearance of complex life…

Imminent arrival of InSight probe on Mars

On Sunday, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angelewas preparing, to make the final course adjustments to maneuver the landing gear and allow it to land on Monday on the red planet. If all goes according to plan, InSight, which completes a journey…

Amateurs Find 42 New Planets

A volunteer group of amateur astronomers claims to have discovered 42 new planets. The aptly named Planet Hunters sifted through the data captured by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. The discovery includes as many as 15 planets that are orbiting in the “Goldilocks” or habitable zone…

the color purple is an indication of extraterrestrial life

Astronomers use the color reflected by the surface of an exoplanet to assess their chances of sheltering life. The pale blue hue of the Earth is the most sought after. Scientists who have studied the distant past of our planet suggest that another, rather unusual,…

Mars, Earth, and Sun Align Today, April 8

To most people, an opposition is a condition, circumstance, or entity that stands betwixt a person and their objective. However, in the field of astronomy it refers to an interplanetary alignment that results in celestial bodies being in straight line drawn between two bodies at…

When is the next blue Moon Scheduled to Appear?

Friday, August 31 marks the first blue moon to appear in the night sky for nearly 30 months. The lunar event is available online for those not able to get a proper vantage point due to inclement weather. Slooh Space Camera will begin broadcasting this…