NASA’s mission to an ice-covered moon will contain a message between water worlds

Europa Clipper will contain a plaque that celebrates humanity’s relationship with water and a decades-old tradition of searching for life outside Earth.

Douglas Vakoch, President, METI International; Professor Emeritus, California Institute of Integral Studies • conversation
March 28, 2024 ~8 min

Persistent “hiccups” in a far-off galaxy draw astronomers to new black hole behavior

Analysis reveals a tiny black hole repeatedly punching through a larger black hole’s disk of gas.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
March 27, 2024 ~9 min

The total solar eclipse in North America could help shed light on a persistent puzzle about the Sun

The eclipse will allow scientists to get rare measurements of the Sun’s atmosphere.

Huw Morgan, Reader in Physical Sciences, Aberystwyth University • conversation
March 27, 2024 ~7 min

What to expect during April’s solar eclipse

On April 8, millions of Americans will be watching the last total solar eclipse visible in the US until 2044. Here's what to expect.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
March 20, 2024 ~6 min

Study: Life’s building blocks are surprisingly stable in Venus-like conditions

Results suggest the clouds of Venus could be hospitable for some forms of life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
March 20, 2024 ~8 min

Astronomers map universe’s active supermassive black holes

The new map logs the location of about 1.3 million quasars, with the furthest shining when the universe was only 1.5 billion years old.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
March 19, 2024 ~6 min

New theory may explain supernova’s mysterious ‘string of pearls’

New research may better explain the "string of pearls" around the remnant of a star, shedding light on a longstanding astrophysical mystery.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
March 18, 2024 ~6 min

Space tourists and crew suffer high radiation risks – regulation is needed to protect them

Sudden changes in space weather, such as solar flares, for example, could have significant health implications for crew and passengers.

Chris Rees, Postgraduate Researcher of Space Risk Engineering, University of Surrey • conversation
March 18, 2024 ~6 min

Study Documents Headaches Experienced by Astronauts in Space

VOA Learning English • voa
March 17, 2024 ~5 min

Solar eclipses result from a fantastic celestial coincidence of scale and distance

Many people will see a dazzling eclipse this April, but these events are possible only because of the sizes and precise distances between Earth, the Moon and the Sun.

Christopher Palma, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students and Teaching Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State • conversation
March 12, 2024 ~6 min