The outer Solar System has been a busy place lately, with the ongoing Cassini mission at Saturn and New Horizons’ recent spectacular flyby of Pluto. Literally in-between those two worlds, however, it has been […]
Thunderstorms are a powerful force of nature, but the ones we experience on Earth are dwarfed by the ones on the gas giant planet Saturn. They are huge and can be larger […]
When it comes to exoplanets, the most exciting for many people are, of course, the ones which may be the most Earth-like, since these are regarded as the most likely to possibly support some form […]
Many different kinds of exoplanets have been found by astronomers, from giant “hot Jupiters” and “super Earths” to smaller rocky worlds like Earth or Mars. Now, another type has been discovered, an “ice giant” similar to Uranus or Neptune in our […]
In August, AmericaSpace reported about the detection of helium in the Moon’s atmosphere. A new paper by the same group now reports on how the amount of helium varies as the lunar day progresses.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified trace amounts of helium gas in the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere. Using its LAMP (Lyman Alpha Mapping Project) instrument, it identified the gently glow of elemental […]