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Paul Scott Anderson

Sunspot Solar Observatory will re-open this week

AURA said the decision was made to shut down the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico because of “criminal activity” and concern about a possible threat to the safety of local staff and residents.

Report calls for direct images of Earth-like exoplanets

A congressionally-mandated report recommends that NASA lead efforts to directly image possibly Earth-like exoplanets, using upcoming technologies. A major goal is finding habitable – maybe even inhabited – worlds.

What is the Hypatia Catalog?

The Hypatia Catalog uses “big data” – extremely large data sets – hopefully to reveal patterns, trends, and associations that might lead to finding distant worlds harboring life.

How black holes bring white dwarfs back to life

White dwarfs are the dead remnants of larger, once-active stars like our sun. But black holes can reignite them.

Asteroid Itokawa gives up its secrets

Itokawa is the 1st asteroid from which samples were obtained and returned to Earth. From these samples, scientists have figured out Itokawa’s true age and geologic history.

Jupiter’s growing pains, explained

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, but had delayed growth early on. Scientists weren’t sure why, but now might have an answer.

How Gaia could help find Dyson spheres

Dyson spheres are hypothetical megastructures built by extraterrestrials for the purpose of harvesting all of a star’s energy. Here’s how the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission might help find one.

Could ETs use star mergers to communicate?

When 2 extremely dense neutron stars orbit each other closely, they spiral inward over time and eventually merge. Such mergers are powerful. Could advanced civilizations be using them to signal across the cosmos?

We’ve got a landing site on asteroid Ryugu

The lander for Hayabusa2 mission at asteroid Ryugu is due to touch down on October 3. Now the site has been chosen! This Japanese mission will collect samples from the asteroid and bring them back to Earth.

Astronomers see a baby planet growing

They’ve confirmed for the 1st time that this newly formed planet – labeled PDS 70b – is still gathering material from the dust and gas around its star. They’re literally watching this new world develop and grow.