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Hidden in plain sight: how an invisible ring in the sky uncovered a past cosmic collision

Our understanding of the universe relies on what we see and what we make of it. For millennia, humans studied the cosmos based on what our eyes can see. Yet, the colors and light our eyes pick up make up only a small sampling of... click to read more

  • Keri Hoadley | Assistant Professor at California Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
Views 2535
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 8, 2021
Exploding bits of Bennu: adventures in asteroid exploration

Asteroids are ancient remnants from the dawn of the solar system. Locked inside these comparatively small objects are clues to enduring questions about planet formation and the origins of life. Most asteroids orbit between Mars and Jupiter, in the main asteroid belt. Occasionally, an encounter... click to read more

  • Dante Lauretta | Professor at Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Views 3465
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 4, 2020
Methane ice dunes on Pluto

Prior to NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto in July 2015, the highest resolution image of the dwarf planet was just twelve pixels across the whole world. New Horizons' images, from its single 30000 mph fly-by, were at best around 80 m per pixel, and... click to read more

  • Matt Telfer | Lecturer at School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
Views 2717
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 18, 2019