Using ALMA, astronomers have taken a new, detailed look at the very early stages of planet formation around a binary star. Embedded in the outer reaches of a double star's protoplanetary disk, the researchers discovered a striking crescent-shape region of dust that is conspicuously devoid of gas. This result, presented at the AAAS meeting in Washington, D.C., provides fresh insights into the planet-forming potential of a binary system.
Rice University astrophysicist Andrea Isella will discuss evidence of planetary formation around a binary star at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, D.C., today.
Technological advances are ushering in a new era of understanding in the search for fundamental physical particles -- including dark matter -- scientists will tell a public event.
University of Washington astronomers have identified a rare type of supernova 'impostor' in a nearby galaxy, with implications for how scientists look at the short, complex lives of massive stars.
Scientists and engineers are seeing a range of opportunities to enhance their research with use of drones -- i.e., unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The relatively low cost and increasing capabilities of drones have begun making them a popular data-gathering tool. An Arizona State University hydrologist says drones could bring big changes in how ecological and environmental science and engineering is done.
LIGO Scientific Collaboration, integrating more than 1,000 members (including eight representatives of the Lomonosov Moscow State University) managed to register space-time oscillations -- gravitational waves, reaching the Earth after a catastrophe happened far in the Universe. This fact confirms a significant prediction made by Albert Einstein in his special theory of relativity (1916) and enables a brand-new understanding of space.
After Tropical Cyclone Winston formed between Vanuatu and Fiji in the Southern Pacific Ocean NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and saw powerful thunderstorms had quickly developed.
LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.
As Tropical Cyclone Tatiana was developing in the Coral Sea, east of Queensland, Australia, NASA's RapidScat measured the surface winds in the intensifying tropical cyclone.
Two of NASA's 'eyes' have been watching Tropical Cyclone Daya and providing data to forecasters. As Tropical Cyclone Daya continued to move away from La Reunion Island in the Southern Indian Ocean, NASA's RapidScat instrument and NASA's Aqua satellite gathered visible imagery and infrared temperature data on the developing storm that showed its strength and development.