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  • Some Earth Life Could Already Survive on Mars
    by Andy Tomaswick on February 27, 2021 at 3:50 am

    Mars’ surface is a harsh environment for life.  But life on Earth is notoriously resilient as well.  No one is quite sure yet how microbes from Earth would fare on the Martian surface.  However, the impact of a potential transmigration of microbes to the red planet could be immense.  Not only could it skew any … Continue reading “Some Earth Life Could Already Survive on Mars” The post Some Earth Life Could Already Survive on Mars appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Did Ancient Martian Life Eat Rocks For Food?
    by Andy Tomaswick on February 27, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Some lucky astronomers get to work with some of the rarest material in the world.  Real Martian meteorites are extraordinarily rare, but are invaluable in terms of understanding Martian geology. Now, one of the most famous meteorites, nicknamed “Black Beauty”, is helping shed light on a much more speculative area of science: Martian biology. Formally … Continue reading “Did Ancient Martian Life Eat Rocks For Food?” The post Did Ancient Martian Life Eat Rocks For Food? appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Astronomers Think They’ve Found the Neutron Star Remnant Left Behind from Supernova 1987A
    by Scott Alan Johnston on February 26, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    It was the brightest supernova in nearly 400 years when it lit the skies of the southern hemisphere in February 1987. Supernova 1987A – the explosion of a blue supergiant star in the nearby mini-galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud – amazed the astronomical community. It offered them an unprecedented opportunity to observe an … Continue reading “Astronomers Think They’ve Found the Neutron Star Remnant Left Behind from Supernova 1987A” The post Astronomers Think They’ve Found the Neutron Star Remnant Left Behind from Supernova 1987A appeared first on Universe Today.

  • One Type of Fast Radio Bursts… Solved?
    by Brian Koberlein on February 26, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    A new study of x-ray bursts from a local magnetar confirms the origin of a fast radio burst. The post One Type of Fast Radio Bursts… Solved? appeared first on Universe Today.

  • The Core Of The Milky Way Is An Extreme Place
    by Andy Tomaswick on February 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Astronomers always like to look at incredibly violent places.  Violence, in the astronomical sense, makes for rare conditions that can explain much about our universe.  One of the violent places that astronomers love to study is the center of our Milky Way galaxy.  Now, astronomers from the Center for Astrophysics (CfA) at Harvard have come … Continue reading “The Core Of The Milky Way Is An Extreme Place” The post The Core Of The Milky Way Is An Extreme Place appeared first on Universe Today.

  • What a Geologist Sees When They Look at Perseverance’s Landing Site
    by Evan Gough on February 25, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Geologists love fieldwork. They love getting their specialized hammers and chisels into seams in the rock, exposing unweathered surfaces and teasing out the rock’s secrets. Mars would be the ultimate field trip for many of them, but sadly, that’s not possible. Instead, we’ve sent the Perseverance rover on the field trip. But if a geologist … Continue reading “What a Geologist Sees When They Look at Perseverance’s Landing Site” The post What a Geologist Sees When They Look at Perseverance’s Landing Site appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Titan’s Atmosphere Recreated in an Earth Laboratory
    by Matt Williams on February 24, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    A recent study led by IBM-Zurich has recreated what goes on in Titan’s atmosphere, which could help scientists find evidence of life there in the near future! The post Titan’s Atmosphere Recreated in an Earth Laboratory appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Our Part of the Galaxy is Packed with Binary Stars
    by Scott Alan Johnston on February 24, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Binary star systems are everywhere. They make up a huge percentage of all known solar systems: from what we can tell, about half of all Sun-like stars have a binary partner. But we haven’t really had a chance to study them in detail yet. That’s about to change. Using data from the European Space Agency’s … Continue reading “Our Part of the Galaxy is Packed with Binary Stars” The post Our Part of the Galaxy is Packed with Binary Stars appeared first on Universe Today.

  • The Space Court Foundation Presents: “Women of Color in Space”
    by Matt Williams on February 24, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    The Space Court Foundation has launched a new series titled Women of Color in Space! Their first interview with Ruvimbo Samanga is now available for viewing. The post The Space Court Foundation Presents: “Women of Color in Space” appeared first on Universe Today.

  • There was a Secret Code in the Perseverance Parachute
    by Nancy Atkinson on February 24, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    A secret coded message was hidden on the gigantic parachute used to land the Perseverance rover safely on the surface on Mars. And no, it wasn’t a clandestine message to the Martians. It was a message of inspiration for us humans. But it also came as a challenge. During a news briefing on February 22, … Continue reading “There was a Secret Code in the Perseverance Parachute” The post There was a Secret Code in the Perseverance Parachute appeared first on Universe Today.