New maps produced by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal features at the Moon’s northern and southern poles in regions that lie in perpetual darkness. LAMP, developed by Southwest Research Institute, uses a novel method to peer into these so-called permanently shadowed regions (PSRs), making visible the invisible. The LAMP maps show that many PSRs are darker at far-ultraviolet wavelengths and redder than nearby surface areas that receive sunlight. The darker regions are consistent with large surface porosities, indicating “fluffy” soils, while the reddening is consistent with the presence of water frost on the surface.
Astrophysicists have for the first time observed a Saturn-like ringed planet orbiting a star like our own.
According to a detailed statistical study based on the detection of three planets located outside our solar system, called exoplanets our Milky Way galaxy contains a minimum of 100 billion planets
The orbital milestone is known as perihelion, and it marks the time when the distance between the Earth and the sun is at its smallest. The event occurs every year in early January, and in 2012 it took place on January 4 at 8 p.m. EST. On average, the Earth orbits the sun at a distance of about 93 million miles (150 million kilometers).
According to geologists rock made of a type of crystal never before seen outside a laboratory is most likely a meteorite from the early days of the solar system.Two years after identifying the Russian rock’s unusual composition, a team of scientists thinks it has nailed down its origin.
In this year astronomers could discover planets in other solar systems, also amateur astronomers discovered new asteroids, comets, and some comet fly at minimum distance from our planet.
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, December 28, to preview twin spacecraft being placed in orbit around the moon on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Earth has two moons, a group of scientists argues. One is that waxing and waning nightlight we all know and love. The other is a tiny asteroid, no bigger than a Smart Car, making huge doughnuts around Earth for a while before it zips off into the distance.
NASA Saturn-studying Cassini probe has delivered a photographic holiday package. Two newly released Cassini images show three of Saturn’s frigid moons hanging in space like gaudy cosmic ornaments, girded by the massive planet’s magnificent rings.