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Paul Scott Anderson

Is this nearby exoplanet a water world? Or a mini-Neptune?

A new study says that an exoplanet 50 light-years away is either a water world or a mini-Neptune. NASA's Webb telescope might tell us which it is.

Amino acids on Venus? New study says it’s possible

A new study shows that amino acids could survive in the sulfuric acid droplets in Venus' clouds. And if there are amino acids on Venus, what about life itself?

Titan’s magic islands appear and disappear in liquid seas

How do Titan's magic islands form in its hydrocarbon seas? A new study says they are likely porous, similar to a honeycomb, and composed of organic material.

Habitable exoplanets may have less carbon dioxide

A new study says that rocky habitable exoplanets likely have less carbon dioxide in their atmospheres as compared to similar planets in the same system.

True colors of Uranus and Neptune in newly processed images

Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK have determined the true colors of Uranus and Neptune. They are much more similar than previously thought.

The ESPRESSO planet-hunter looks at Jupiter

For the 1st time, astronomers have used an instrument designed to study exoplanets - ESPRESSO, on the Very Large Telescope - to observe the planet Jupiter.

OSIRIS-APEX mission is headed to asteroid Apophis

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu was a great success. Now, the spacecraft has been renamed OSIRIS-APEX and is heading to asteroid Apophis.

Hubble watches spoke season in Saturn’s rings

NASA's Hubble telescope has recently observed spoke season in Saturn's rings. The spokes are ghostly transient features that appear and disappear seasonally.

Mystery in the Orion Nebula: Pairs of rogue planets?

The James Webb Space Telescope has discovered something unexpected in the Orion Nebula: pairs of unusual planet-like 'binary objects' drifting freely in space.

How many recipes for life in the universe?

Researchers in Wisconsin are searching for and testing new chemical recipes for the origin of life. Such recipes for life may be common in the universe.