A mysterious supernova caught in Kepler’s last days

The Kepler Space Telescope mission ended in October, but the analysis of its latest data continues to reveal a wealth of information, not only for researchers looking for new exoplanets, but also for supernovas specialists. Images taken on February 4th by the Kepler Space Telescope…

A clock so precise that it can measure gravity

To measure the time at the limits of physics, scientists perfected atomic clocks that already possessed remarkable precision. Their new variant of these devices has a stability so great that it can measure the distortions of space-time. Our modern world is obsessed with the passage of…

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

On Saturday, a Space X capsule arrived at the International Space Station.  The payoad contained everything astronauts will need to cook their Christmas dinner, in addition to mice and worms for scientific experiments and more than 2270 kilograms of equipment for the station.  The Dragon…

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,…