Modeling the shape and movement of near-Earth asteroids is now up to 25 times faster thanks to new WSU research.
Early reports of the interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua's odd characteristics led some to speculate that the object could be an alien spacecraft, sent from a distant civilization to examine our star system. But a new analysis by an international team of 14 astronomers, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, strongly suggests that 'Oumuamua has a purely natural origin.
Compounds containing iron, cyanide, and carbon monoxide discovered in carbon-rich meteorites by a team of scientists at Boise State University and NASA may have helped power life on early Earth.
A Southwest Research Institute-led team studied the orientation of distant solar system bodies to bolster the 'streaming instability' theory of planet formation.
Inspired by movie streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, a Southwest Research Institute scientist developed a technique to look for stars likely to host giant, Jupiter-sized planets outside of our solar system. She developed an algorithm to identify stars likely to host giant exoplanets, based on the composition of stars known to have planets.
Beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune, there are a multitude of icy and rocky small bodies, smaller than planets but larger than comets. These likely formed at the same time as the Solar System, and understanding their origin could provide important clues as to how the entire Solar System originated. Using sophisticated computer simulations and observations of TNOs, a Tokyo Tech-led team has shown how these so-called trans-Neptunian Objects (or TNOs) may have formed.
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory have discovered a remnant of ancient dust inside a primitive meteorite.
Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds.
A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study.
Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the British Isles.