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New research reveals clearest infrared image yet of the center of...

IMAGE: This image is a new high-resolution map of the magnetic field lines in gas and dust swirling around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. view more  Credit: Oxford University/Royal Astronomical Society/UTSA A research team has published a new study lead by Pat Roche, professor of astrophysics at The University of Oxford, and Chris Packham, associate professor of physics and astronomy at…

NASA’s SDO reveals how magnetic cage on the Sun stopped solar...

IMAGE: On Oct. 24, 2014, NASA's SDO observed an X-class solar flare erupt from a Jupiter-sized sunspot group. view more  Credit: Tahar Amari et al./Center for Theoretical Physics/École Polytechnique/NASA Goddard/Joy Ng A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows. The work highlights the role of the Sun's magnetic landscape, or topology, in…

German nights get brighter — but not everywhere

The nights in the German federal states („Bundesländer") have been getting brighter and brighter - but not everywhere at the same rate and with one peculiar exemption: light emissions from Thuringia decreased between 2012 and 2017. This is the result of a recent study by scientists Chris Kyba and Theres Küster from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences together with Helga Kuechly from "Luftbild…

As good as old: The age of martian meteorites gives clues...

IMAGE: This is a tissint meteorite fragment at University of Houston. view more  Credit: University of Houston In July 2011, a meteorite from a Martian volcano fell in the Moroccan desert, and fragments of it rained across a wide area. Several people saw this happen-- which is rare-- and quickly grabbed what they could. Since then, scientists from around the world have been studying pieces of…

Model based on hydrothermal sources evaluate possibility of life Jupiter’s icy...

Jupiter's icy moon Europa is a major target of astrobiology research in light of the possibility that it offers a habitable environment in the Solar System. Under its ice crust, estimated to be 10 km thick, is an ocean of liquid water of over 100 km deep. A huge source of energy deriving from gravitational interaction with Jupiter keeps this water warm. Theoretical research to…

SwRI scientist helps characterize water on lunar surface

SAN ANTONIO -- Feb. 23, 2018 -- A Southwest Research Institute scientist with expertise in how water reacts with lunar soil contributed to a new study that indicates water and/or hydroxyl may be more prevalent on the Moon's surface than previously thought. "Water on the Moon is of intense interest for many reasons," said SwRI's Dr. Michael Poston, a coauthor of the paper, "Widespread Distribution…

NASA’s SDO reveals how magnetic cage on the sun stopped solar...

IMAGE: On Oct. 24, 2014, NASA's SDO observed an X-class solar flare erupt from a Jupiter-sized sunspot group. view more  Credit: Tahar Amari et al./Center for Theoretical Physics/École Polytechnique/NASA Goddard/Joy Ng A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows. The work highlights the role of the Sun's magnetic landscape, or topology, in…

NASA Astronauts Available for Final Interviews Before Space Station Mission

Veteran NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will be available Thursday, March 1, for final interviews before their launch to the International Space Station. The interviews will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

UCF-led consortium to manage Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

The largest fully operational radio telescope on the planet - the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico - will soon be under new management. A consortium led by the University of Central Florida will start formal transition activities to take on the management of the National Science Foundation's Observatory. NSF is negotiating the operations and management award with UCF. With its partners, Universidad Metropolitana in San…

Weather should remain predictable despite climate change

COLUMBIA, Mo. - According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, temperatures are expected to rise between 2.5 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. This warming is expected to contribute to rising sea levels and the melting of glaciers and permafrost, as well as other climate-related effects. Now, research from the University of Missouri suggests that even as rising carbon dioxide levels in…
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