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New Clues About How Ancient Galaxies Lit up the Universe   Latest news from Spitzer Space Telescope research says that some of the universe's ancient galaxies were brighter than expected.  For complete report on this finding, see the NASA/JPL News release of May 8, 2019.



Dramatic Jupiter   Great new image of Jupiter's northern hemisphere taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.  To see this image, go to the NASA/JPL News report of February 22, 2019.



Hubble Reveals Dynamic Atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune    The Hubble Space telescope which monitors the weather on our solar system's outer planets every year has new images of Neptune with a mysterious dark storm and a fresh new look at a long-lived storm on on Uranus.  To learn more about these planetary storms, see the NASA - Hubble news report of February 7, 2019.



Hubble Space Telescope Fortuitously Discovers a New Galaxy in the Cosmic Neighborhood   Astronomers while using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study the oldest and faintest stars in a globular cluster have discovered a dwarf galaxy located only about 30 million light - years away from us.  To read more about this accidental discovery, see the Science Daily news report of January 31, 2019.



NASA's TESS Mission Announces New Planets, Supernovae    Astronomers working on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission have announced that they have discovered eight confirmed exoplanets and over 300 exoplanet candidates.  For complete report on this discovery, see the Sky & Telescope news report of January 7, 2019.



NASA's OSIRIS Spacecraft Discovers Water on Asteroid    NASA's OSIRIS spacecraft has just discovered water locked in the clay that makes up the asteroid Bennu.  For complete report on this discovery, see the NASA Science news release of December 10, 2018.



NASA's InSight Craft Lands on Planet Mars   NASA's InSight lander came down on the Martian surface on November 26, 2018 to begin studying the deep interior of Mars to find out how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces including the Earth and moon formed.  For complete report on this event, see the NASA/JPL News report of November 26, 2018.



Cosmic Fountain Offers Clues to How Galaxies Evolve   An international team of scientists studying galaxy formation have found that streams of cold gas spraying out from an area around supermassive black holes may play a part in galaxy development.  For complete report on this finding, see the Astrobiology Magazine news article of  November 8, 2018.



Saturn's Moon Dione Covered by Mysterious Stripes   Researchers studying images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found straight, bright stripes on the surface of Saturn's moon Dione.   For complete report on this discovery, see the Astrobiology Magazine article of October 26, 2018.



Astronomers Find First Compelling Evidence for a Moon Outside Our Solar System   Astronomers from Columbia University using NASA's Hubble and Kepler space telescopes have found evidence of a moon orbiting the gas giant planet Kepler 1625b located 8,000 light-years from Earth.  For complete report on this apparent discovery, see the Science news article of October 3, 2018.



Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time    According to data received from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, there appears to be giant dust storms in the equatorial regions of Saturn's largest moon, Tttan.   This would make the third solar system body to have dust storms.  The other two being the Earth and Mars.  For complete report, see the NASA/JPL News release of September 24, 2018.



There Are So Many Water-Worlds Out There   Years ago, scientists concentrated on just finding exoplanets but now the research has shifted to studying the planets they've found.  New research suggests that water may be a major component of exoplanets that are 2 - 4 times the size of our Earth.  For complete report, see the Universe article of August 24, 2018.  



Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles   There is ice on the moon!  Scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice in the moon's polar regions.  To read more about this finding, see the NASA/JPL News release of August 20, 2018.



Largest Haul of Extrasolar Planets   An international team of astronomers using data collected from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, the European Space Agency's Gaia Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes in the U. S. have confirmed the existance of 44 extrasolar planets at one time.   For more information on this finding, see the Science news article of August 7, 2018.


Scientists Identify Exoplanets Where Life Could Develop as it Did on Earth   Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology have identified a number of exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) where the same chemical conditions that fostered life here on Earth exist.  For complete report on this finding, see the Astrobiology Magazine news report of August 4, 2018.



Mars Express Detects Liquid Water Hidden Under Planet's South Pole   Water on Mars !  The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft using radar signals has found evidence of water underneath layers of ice located in the south polar region of Mars.  The presence of water may mean there may be life there as well.  For complete report, see the Science article of July 26, 2018.



NASA's TESS Spacecraft Continues Testing Prior to First Observations   NASA's TESS Spacecraft launched on April 18 is currently undergoing commissioning tests before it begins searching for planets which is expected to begin at the end of July.  For complete report, see the NASA News report of July 11, 2018.



Complex Organics Bubble up from Enceladus   New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show that there are complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus and these molecules are much larger and heavier than ever before.  This discovery brings new hope that this moon may be suitable for hosting life.  For complete report, see the NASA/JPL News release of June 27, 2018.



Distant Moons May Harbor Life   Scientists have been searching for life on other planets but what about other moons?  So far researchers have identified over 100 giant planets that could host moons capable of supporting life.  For complete report on this interest of life on other moons, see the Science Daily news article of June 14, 2018.



NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science   One of the biggest dust storms ever seen on Mars is currently going on and is being observed by three Mars orbiters and NASA's Curiosity rover which is on the surface by Gale crater.  For complete report on this duststorm,  see the NASA.JPL News release of June 13, 2018. 



NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars   The latest news on Mars - NASA's Curiosity rover has found organic molecules in 3-billion-year-old sedimentsry rocks near the surface and seasonal variations in the levels of methane in the Martian atmosphere.  These findings have implications for life ancient life and current life on the red planet.  For complete report on this new evidence, see the NASA/JPL News release of June 7, 2018.



NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was Made   NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigation, Geodesy and Heat Transport mission known as InSight has launched into space to the planet Mars at 4:05 a.m. PDT on Saturday May 5th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  To learn more about its mission to Mars and what it is designed to do, see NASA's Jet Propulsion Laborarory's   news report of May 5, 2018.



NASA Launches TESS Exoplanet - Hunting Satellite into Space   NASA has launched its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) into space to search millions of nearby bright stars for exoplanets which may harbor life.  For complete report, see the NBC News report of April 19, 2018.



Hiubble Finds a Galaxy with Almost No Dark Matter   The mysterious substance known as dark matter has been believed to be just about everywhere in the universe but now astronomers using the Hubble Space telescope and other observatories around the world have found a nearby galaxy known as NGC 1052-DF2 to be almost without dark matter.  For complete report on this finding, see the Universe  news report of March 30, 2018.



Newly Discovered Planet is Hot, Metallic and Dense as Mercury   A planet orbiting a star located 339 light-years from Earth has been discovered and has been found to be about 20% larger than Earth and with a mass that is two and a half times greater.  For more information on this newly discovered planet, see the Astrobiology Magazine article of March 28, 2018.