Editors' picks

Amazing supercomputer animation of Antarctic bottom water

The movements of the world's densest and coldest water around Antarctica has been simulated using Australia's most powerful supercomputer, Raijin, for the first time. Massive amount of data has been processed in order to create a highly detailed, remarkable anim

November 25, 2015

Earth surrounded by dense, hairy filaments of dark matter

A new research, conducted by scientists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, suggests that Earth is surrounded by long, 'hairy' filaments of dark matter. Theoretically, the hairy filaments, if detected could be used to map out the inn

November 24, 2015

Dangerous mesoscale storm spawns tornadoes and wreaks havoc across Parana, Brazil

A major tornado multivortex wreaked havoc across the western portion of the Brazilian state of Parana on November 19, 2015. The system has passed 12 cities causing major devastation along its way. Video credit: João Luiz CassanelliA large storm system spawned a t

November 23, 2015

Large filament erupts on the southeast quadrant of the Sun

A large filament erupted on the southeast quadrant of the Sun during the early morning UTC hours of November 22, 2015. The eruption began at approximately 07:30 UTC and launched a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space.Although LASCO coronagraph imagery is still not

November 22, 2015

Tropical Storm "Rick" develops off the Mexican shore

A new tropical storm, named Rick, formed off the coast of Mexico, in the eastern Pacific ocean, on November 19, 2015. The storm poses no threat to Mexico residents, according to current advisories, and will most likely diminish into a remnant low over the next three day

November 20, 2015

STEREO-A solar observatory resumes normal operations

As of November 17, NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft (Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead), has once again resumed its science operations and began transmitting data at its full rate. For the previous year, STEREO-A was transmitting only a weak signal, or o

November 19, 2015

Earth's groundwater supplies mapped for the first time

An international team of scientists has for the first time succeeded in producing the map of Earth's total groundwater supplies, Canadian University of Victoria announced on November 17, 2015. This pioneering attempt managed to provide significant information in the

November 18, 2015

Astronomers create the first weather map of a giant Jupiter-like exoplanet

For the first time, astronomers have actually mapped the weather of an exoplanet beyond our Solar System. Astronomers have found that gas giant HD 189733b has winds swirling at 8690 km/h (5400 mph). This is due to the planets extremely close orbit around its host star.

November 18, 2015

Rare tornado touch-down causes damage in Denair, California

A rare tornado touch-down was observed near Zeering Road in Denair, Stanislaus County, California on the afternoon (local time) of November 15, 2015.The tornado damaged houses and trees, as well as a roof of the nearby church, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff&

November 16, 2015

Electric comets in action

The ThunderBolts started a series of reports on groundbreaking scientific data from the ESA Rosetta mission to Comet 67P.In previous Space News', Dr. Franklin Anariba, a lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design, has presented a scientific argument

November 16, 2015

New coronagraph design to be tested in an upcoming CubeSat mission

A team of scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center plan to send a ball sized spherical titanium occulter to study the Sun's corona. This mission is expected to help scientists understand Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) much more clearly. The spherical

November 14, 2015

A new answer to a long standing question of how plate tectonics started on Earth

An international team of geologists have proposed a new answer to a long standing question how plate tectonics started on Earth in the first place. They were able to demonstrate how the first sinking of litospheric plates, which is a key process of plate tectonics, occu

November 13, 2015

The next generation of space suits

The next generation of suit technologies is being developed by a team of NASA's experts. The space suits have been designed to aid in deep space exploration by incorporating parts of advanced technologies such as carbon dioxide removal and water evaporation

November 13, 2015

Study of gamma ray burst may change our understanding of how stars are formed

A group of researchers observing a specific gamma ray burst (GRB) have found that its probable host galaxy is almost entirely deficient in molecular gas. Molecular gas has long been considered to be the main raw material used in the formation of stars. The current

November 12, 2015

Indian astronomers detect a gigantic radio galaxy, one of the largest discovered so far

Astronomers from Pune, India have discovered a massive radio galaxy using the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT). Such large radio galaxies have been rarely located so far. The galaxy is located approximately 9 billion light years away from Earth in the

November 10, 2015

New Horizons recent Pluto flyby yields numerous exciting discoveries

NASA's New Horizons science team gathered on the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland, taking place from November 8 to 13, 2015, to discuss numerous exciting discoveries that orig

November 09, 2015

Mysterious light in the sky over Los Angeles confirmed as a Navy missile test

A mysterious, long-lasting light was observed over the skies of California and Nevada, US around 18:00 PST on Saturday, November 7, 2015 (02:00 UTC on November 8). The light reportedly moved from south to north over a period of five minutes or more. A short time later,

November 08, 2015

China to enter 'big league' with the launch of 4 research satellites

China will launch 4 scientific satellites which will engage in a series of experiments and research related to dark matter, quantum physics, microgravity, fluid physics and black holes among other fields. The satellites are being developed in a joint effort by various C

November 06, 2015

New radar images of the 'spooky' 2015 TB145 asteroid

The 'spooky' 2015 TB145 asteroid has made a safe pass trough Earth's neigborhood on October 31, 2015, and scientist were able to obtain new high resolution radar images of its surface, quite distinct to the first images provided by the Arecibo radar on

November 05, 2015

Scientists call for serious study of UFO phenomenon

The very mention of the word UFO still manages to provoke strong reactions from everyone. A couple of decades ago, people who believed in extraterrestrial life and UFOs were socially derided, considered conspiracy theorists at best and mentally challenged loons at worst

November 03, 2015

15 years of continuous habitation aboard the ISS

Today, November 2, 2015 marks 15 years of continuous habitation aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 1, the first station crew, docked on November 2, 2000 after launching two days earlier inside the Russian Soyuz TM-31 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmod

November 02, 2015

Night sky guide for November 2015

Out of two meteor showers scheduled for November - Taurids and Leonids - only the second one should offer a good show, with about 15 meteors per hour on November 17/18. All but the brightest Taurids, expected to peak on the night of November 5, will be blocked out by th

November 01, 2015

Black hole experiences massive X-ray flare

Black holes have always been one of the most mysterious and awe inspiring objects in space. Astronomers have known for some time that black holes periodically emit very powerful flares into space. New observations from NASA's Explorer missions Swift and the Nuclear

November 01, 2015

First raw image from Enceladus' October 28 flyby now available

First image of Saturn's moon Enceladus has been received from the Cassini spacecraft, NASA reported on October 30, 2015.NASA's Cassini spacecraft was scheduled to perform its deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October 28. T

October 31, 2015

Russia's manned Moon mission set for 2029 launch

Over 45 years after losing the space race to the United States, Russia has finally announced its own manned Moon mission which is set to be launched in 2029. The mission will be preceded by multiple unmanned missions which will include orbiters and landers and will stud

October 30, 2015

Science behind "booming" and "burping" sand dunes explained

Research team from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Cambridge has explained the science behind the loud, rumbling "booming" or short "burping" sounds produced by sand avalanches from dune faces in Death Valley Nation

October 29, 2015

Evidence of continuous supply of newly formed stars into the central Milky Way region

A previously unknown part of the Milky Way galaxy has been uncovered by using the VISTA telescope of European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory. The newly discovered component contains a disk of young stars lurking behind a thick cloud of dust in the

October 29, 2015

Comet Lovejoy lives up to its name, releases alcohol and sugar into space

A group of researchers have found that comet Lovejoy is emitting ethyl alcohol and sugar as it traverses through space. Their discovery adds evidence to the theory that comets may have "seeded" Earth with complex organic molecules which led to the emergence of

October 28, 2015

Swarm of earthquakes registered near central Oregon volcanic complex

Beginning on October 22, 2015, a swarm of mostly small earthquakes occurred about 10 km (6 miles) NW of the towns of Crescent and Gilchrist, Oregon. Through the morning of October 23, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) located 29 events, and a number of additi

October 26, 2015

Does dark matter actually exist?

Scientists working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are proposing a radical new theory about the nature of invisible, theoretical dark matter particles. The scientists have developed what they call a “stealth dark matter” model, which suggests

October 25, 2015

A giant rock avalanche recorded in the Swiss Alps

A giant rock broke off the side of the Mel de la Niva mountain, near Evolene region in the Swiss Alps on October 19, 2015.A geologists who was taking video shots near the area witnessed the fall and documented it on a footage. The 2 000 cubic meters (70 269 cubic feet)

October 24, 2015

First October snow ever recorded in Kashmir, India

First snowfall of the year seems to have arrived a bit early to parts of Kashmir valley, India, media reported on October 20, 2015.Cold temperature across parts of Kashmir prevailing since mid-October have caused the unusual snowfall in higher parts of the valley. About

October 24, 2015

Worst snowfall in a decade blankets Omsk, Russia

Record breaking snowfall blanketed the city of Omsk in Siberia, causing traffic jams across the affected areas, media reported on October 22, 2015.Video credit: ДТП ОмскAlthough at a first glance the event might appear hardly relevant, after all the words Siberia

October 22, 2015

14 new IBEX data based research papers on Solar System's boundary

Data obtained by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a mission providing the most definitive analyses, theories and results about local interstellar space to date, was presented in fourteen new research papers published on October 20, 2015, in a special

October 22, 2015

2015 Orionid meteor shower peaks on October 21 - 22

Every October, stargazers all over the planet look forward to the annual Orionid meteor shower. The Orionids are popular because they are one of the two meteor showers created from the debris field of the extremely popular Halley's comet. The annual Eta Aquarids met

October 21, 2015