Is Jupiter a key to finding dark matter?

Jupiter’s large size and cool core make it an excellent target in the search for dark matter. A team of scientists is analyzing gamma-ray data from the Fermi Telescope looking for signs of the elusive substance.

Earliest known honey jars in Africa are 3,500 years old

An ancient people with a sweet tooth – the Nok culture of sub-Saharan Africa – used terracotta pots to hold honey 3,500 years ago. They may be the earliest confirmed honey collectors in Africa.

How to take photos of star trails

Photographers take star trail photos by pointing their cameras at the sky and leaving the shutter open for long exposures, resulting in an image that shows streaks of light from the movement of Earth’s rotation.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi sets a new space record

Congratulations to Japan’s astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who this month was awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest time between spacewalks: 15 years and 214 days.

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Yellowballs offer insights into star formation

The unexpected discovery of yellowballs by citizen scientists – in 2011 and 2012 – is shaking up astronomers’ ideas about how stars and star clusters form. It’s giving scientists a new window into the birth and evolution of young stars.

Martian hill named to honor Curiosity scientist

NASA has given the name Rafael Navarro Mountain to a hill in Gale Crater on Mars, where the Curiosity rover has been exploring since 2012. Navarro, a mission scientist, died in January 2021 from Covid-19.

Sea level rise creating ghost forests in U.S. East

Sea level rise is killing trees along the U.S. east coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space.

Milky Way season has started!

Spring brings flowers to the landscape and photos of the Milky Way to EarthSky! Enjoy these photos of our galaxy taken in 2021, and keep your eye on this space for more to come!

Chemical fingerprint reveals a migrating exoplanet

The chemical fingerprint of exoplanet HD 209458b’s atmosphere reveals as many as 6 molecules and that it has migrated inwards from its birthplace much farther out in its star system.

Carbon dioxide levels now higher than at any time in past 3.6 million years

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane continued to rise in 2020, said NOAA, despite the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic response.

Mars helicopter 1st flight postponed to next week

The Mars helicopter – named Ingenuity – now needs a software update, NASA said. The new 1st flight date will be next week, at the earliest.

Possible life signs in the clouds of Venus

A new analysis of data from the 1978 Pioneer Venus mission, by researchers at Cal Poly Pomona, finds evidence not only for phosphine, but also possible chemical disequilibrium in Venus’ atmosphere, an additional possible sign of biological activity.

Leo? Here’s your constellation

From April through June, Leo the Lion — one of the zodiacal constellations — is a prominent fixture in the evening sky. It’s quite easy to spot.