Get the New Space Revolution App: A new NASA-funded study finds that lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in Alaska and northern Canada and that these storms are likely to move farther north with climate warming, potentially altering northern landscapes. The study, led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University … Continue reading Lightning Sparking More Boreal Forest Fires
Get the New Space Revolution App: Black holes get a bad rap in popular culture for swallowing everything in their environments. In reality, stars, gas, and dust can orbit black holes for long periods of time, until a major disruption pushes the material in. A merger of two galaxies is one such disruption. As … Continue reading Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes
Get the New Space Revolution App: With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in “Star Wars” looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, thanks to observatories such as NASA’s Kepler space telescope, we know that two-star systems can indeed support planets, although planets discovered so far around double-star … Continue reading Earth-Sized ‘Tatooine’ Planets Could Be Habitable like Earth
Get the New Space Revolution App: — At super-low temperatures, atoms behave in surprising ways. — NASA has never before created or observed this behavior in space. — A Nobel Prize winner and other scientists will conduct experiments on this behavior using new technology. — This technology might one day lead to improved sensors, quantum … Continue reading NASA Wants to Create the Coolest Spot in the Universe
Get the New Space Revolution App: A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings. In early 2016, in response to a congressional … Continue reading Science Report on Europa Lander Concept
Get the New Space Revolution App: A team of researchers has compiled a special catalog to help astronomers figure out the true distances to tens of thousands of galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The catalog, called NED-D, is a critical resource, not only for studying these galaxies but also for determining the … Continue reading How Far Away is That Galaxy?
Get the New Space Revolution App: A team led by astronomer Margot Brouwer (Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands) has tested the new theory of theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde (University of Amsterdam) for the first time through the lensing effect of gravity. Brouwer and her team measured the distribution of gravity around more than 33,000 galaxies to … Continue reading Verlinde’s new theory of gravity passes first test