Breakthrough Listen brings ET search to Africa

Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Listen program said it has added the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa to its global effort to listen for signals from an alien intelligence.

New image shows a haunting comet landscape

Citizen scientists now frequently explore spacecraft images, finding and processing hidden treasures. Jacint Roger Perez of Spain processed this Rosetta spacecraft view of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Origami-inspired habitats for the moon and Mars

An innovative plan by the EuroMoonMars project uses Japanese origami – the art of folding paper into interesting shapes – to design and develop habitats for future human space explorers.

NASA back in the search for alien technosignatures

After some prompting by Congress, NASA is again getting involved in SETI. Last week, it held a Technosignatures Workshop in Houston, exploring new ways scientists could seek intelligent aliens.

Matter falling into a black hole at 30% light speed

There may be misaligned disks of material rotating around the black hole. Rings of gas may be breaking off and colliding, leaving gas to fall directly towards the black hole at unfathomable speeds.

Mercury’s strange chemistry revealed

Mercury is an odd little world, but new research is revealing its mysteries. Plus, the upcoming BepiColombo mission – a joint mission between Europe and Japan – will help scientists understand the planet’s origin and evolution.

Pink lagoon provides clues to possible Mars life

This candy-pink lagoon in Spain is providing valuable clues about how extremophile microorganisms might exist on Mars despite the planet’s harsh conditions.

Latest images via Japanese rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s space agency JAXA released new images today from the rovers set down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

Powerful jet from the wrong kind of star

Astronomers had theorized that strong magnetic fields prevent jets from forming. Then they found a strongly magnetic neutron star with a jet.

Scientists spy roving dust storms on Titan

Using data from the Cassini spacecraft, whose mission to Saturn ended a year ago, scientists now say they can see dust storms moving across the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.