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Billion-year-old Mars sand dunes let scientists peek into planet’s windy past

The HiRise camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped these dune fields in Valles Marineris. They’re estimated to be a billion years old NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Mars has a roughly…

Scientists find promising ‘superhabitable’ planets that may be ‘better’ than Earth

This illustration shows an Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star. NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech When you title a research paper “In Search for a Planet Better than Earth,” you’re not messing…

Study Shows O. Megalodon Was The Largest Shark To Ever Swim In Our Planet’s Oceans

Otodus megalodon, the largest shark to ever swim in our planet’s oceans according to a new study, … [+] still inhabited the sea 3.6 million years ago. Growth stages scaled…

Some planets may be better for life than Earth

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Earth is not necessarily the best planet in the universe. Researchers have identified two dozen planets outside our solar system that may have conditions more suitable…

Supercomputer Shows What Happens When Planets Collide

NASA/JPL-Caltech “Obviously, we have no idea what really happens when planets collide, because we can’t build planets in the lab and smash them together,” said Jacob Kegerreis, a postdoctoral researcher…

Why Some Stars Never Form Planets

The star cluster NGC 6604 is shown in this image taken by the Wide Field Imager attached to the … [+] 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at the La Silla Observatory in…

First study with CHEOPS data describes one of the most extreme planets in the universe — ScienceDaily

Eight months after the space telescope CHEOPS started its journey into space, the first scientific publication using data from CHEOPS has been issued. CHEOPS is the first ESA mission dedicated…

First study with exoplanet satellite data describes one of the most extreme planets in the universe

When a planet passes in front of its star as seen from Earth, the star seems fainter for a short time. This phenomenon is called a transit. When the planet…

The first ultra-hot Neptune, LTT 9779b, is one of nature’s improbable planets

Credit: CC0 Public Domain An international team of astronomers, including a group from the University of Warwick, have discovered the first Ultra Hot Neptune planet orbiting the nearby star LTT…

Scanner could help find aliens on other planets, scientists say

Researchers have created a new (*checks notes*) fully automated microchip electrophoresis analyzer that could help find organic biosignatures in soil from other planets. What’s going on: The researchers — who…