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Paul Scott Anderson

A black hole jet aimed at Earth

An international team of astronomers says it has detected a powerful jet of material coming from a distant black hole. And it's pointed right toward Earth.

Did Mars have 1st life in our solar system?

A new study said that Mars once had enough water, largely brought by asteroids, for a deep global ocean. Those asteroids also brought organic molecules.

Europa Clipper gets its wheels for space journey

NASA engineers and technicians have installed 4 reaction wheels on Europa Clipper. They will keep the spacecraft oriented as it explores Jupiter's ocean moon.

Life on Venus? New paper explores possibilities

Is there life on Venus? Specifically, its atmosphere? Researchers in the US and UK make the case for ammonia, phosphine and other biological anomalies on Venus.

Webb telescope 1st close look at exoplanet atmosphere

For the 1st time, the Webb telescope has analyzed the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. It probed the atmosphere of Saturn-sized WASP-39b in fantastic detail.

Stars and planets grow rapidly together

An international team of researchers has released a new study of "polluted" white dwarf stars showing that stars and planets likely form simultaneously.

Double auroras light up Martian skies

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has, for the 1st time, observed two kinds of auroras in Mars' atmosphere at the same time. A massive solar storm caused the light show.

Keck Planet Finder begins search for other Earths

The Keck Planet Finder instrument on the Keck 1 Telescope in Hawaii has achieved 1st light. It will search for habitable Earth-sized planets around other stars.

If we find life beyond Earth, how will we respond?

Will we find life beyond Earth? The new SETI Post-Detection Hub research initiative wants humanity to be ready, if and when it ever happens.

Closest black hole is in our cosmic backyard

Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii have discovered the closest black hole yet to Earth. It is 1,600 light-years away.