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Parker Solar Probe Could Find Answers To Mystery Behind The Sun's Superheating

The outer atmosphere of the Sun is far hotter than the surface, a phenomenon that scientists can't explain yet until now. The Parker Solar Probe will be able to solve the mystery in two years' time.

Space June 5, 2019

China Emitting Large Amounts Of Banned Greenhouse Gas: This Is How CFC Destroys The Ozone Layer

An international study points to several Chinese factories as primary sources of CFCs. The banned chemical compound is known to accelerate the destruction of the ozone layer in the Earth's atmosphere.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2019

Scientists Propose Turning Methane Into Carbon Dioxide To Fight Climate Change

Researchers suggested converting methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to the less dangerous carbon dioxide to prevent further warming. They claimed the process would return the atmosphere to preindustrial concentrations of methane.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2019

Giant Hole In Mars Atmosphere Responsible For Loss Of Water On Red Planet

A team of researchers found two atmospheric processes that allow water vapor on Mars to reach the upper atmosphere where ultraviolet radiation splits it into hydrogen and oxygen. To this day, the Red Planet is still leaking hydrogen into space.

Space May 14, 2019

Pluto’s Atmosphere Could Collapse, Disappear By 2030

Pluto's atmosphere is only years away from an atmospheric collapse due to seasonal changes and freezing conditions. By 2030, scientists predict the dwarf planet's atmosphere to have completely collapsed into frost.

Space April 29, 2019

Carbon Monoxide In Planet's Atmosphere May Signal Existence Of Alien Life

Computer models show that ancient inhabited Earth have high levels of carbon monoxide. Planets around sun-like stars teeming with life and rich in oxygen may also have high amounts of carbon monoxide.

Space March 19, 2019

Increasing Methane Levels In The Atmosphere Threaten Efforts To Fight Climate Change

Methane levels in the atmosphere stabilized in the beginning of the 21st century but started rising again in 2007. Such increases may make it more difficult to fight climate change.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2019

NASA Shows Off Stunning New Images Of Jupiter's Atmosphere

A citizen scientist enhanced a new photo of Jupiter to highlight swirls of clouds surrounding a circular storm. Spacecraft Juno took the said image during its most recent flyby of the gas giant.

Space February 28, 2019

The Moon Flies Through The Earth's Atmosphere, SOHO Observations Reveal

Observations made by the SOHO observatory more than two decades ago revealed how far Earth's atmosphere's reaches. Researchers found it reaches nearly twice as far as the moon.

Space February 25, 2019

Scientists Find Stalagmites That Could Be 'Holy Grail' Of Carbon Dating

View from the Hulu Caves in China. Scientists found a pair of stalagmites that push the limits of radiocarbon dating. The stalagmites were found to be 54,000 years old and offered an unbroken atmospheric record.

Ancient December 14, 2018

Geoengineers Say Atmospheric Spraying Could Work To Reduce Global Warming

Injecting sulfates into the lower atmosphere every year could offset the warming effects by greenhouse gases. However, according to a new study, it would be very costly to carry out the project in addition to potential environmental consequences.

Earth/Environment November 23, 2018

NAS Report Says Efforts To Scrub Carbon From Atmosphere Must Be Increased

The National Academy of Sciences issued a report to address the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A committee led by experts also revealed technologies and techniques to reverse climate change.

Earth/Environment October 25, 2018

Scientists Figure Out How To Quickly Make Mineral That Removes Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere

Magnesite is capable of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help fight climate change, but it is very slow to form naturally. Scientists, fortunately, have figured out a way to make the mineral in the lab cheaper and faster.

Earth/Environment August 17, 2018

The Edge Of Space Just Got Closer To Earth By 12 Miles

A Harvard astrophysicist said that outer space is a little bit closer to Earth than previously believed. Mathematical modeling showed that space is just 50 miles above the surface of the Earth.

Space July 26, 2018

Asteroid Crashes Into Earth Atmosphere Just Hours After It Was Discovered

An asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere over Africa just hours after it was first spotted. Should there be concerns that a bigger, more destructive asteroid will impact the planet without being detected?

Space June 4, 2018

How The Seasonal Changes In The Atmospheres Of Exoplanets Could Help Find Alien Life

A new study revealed that seasonal changes on the atmospheres of exoplanets can determine possible alien life. Telescopes with ultraviolet capabilities would be needed to search for life.

Space May 10, 2018

Sodium In Hot Saturn WASP-96b Suggests Exoplanet Has Cloud-Free Atmosphere

A complete fingerprint of sodium in hot Saturn WASP-96b suggests that the exoplanet has a cloud-free atmosphere. What is the significance of studying clouds in atmospheres of planets?

Space May 8, 2018

NASA Finds Lots Of Water In Hot Saturn's Atmosphere: Can Exoplanet WASP-39b Host Life?

The exoplanet WASP-39b that circles a quiet sun-like star 700 light-years away has three times the amount of water in Saturn. Does the presence of water vapor in its atmosphere mean the planet can host life?

Space March 2, 2018

Great American Eclipse Paves Way To In-Depth Study Of Bow Waves

Waves created by the solar eclipse of August 2017 provide brand new information about the Earth, Sun, and Moon. What did its discovery reveal to MIT researchers?

Earth/Environment December 26, 2017

Ancient Volcanoes Caused The Moon To Have An Atmosphere For 70 Million Years: Study

A new study from the Lunar and Planetary Institute suggests the moon once had an atmosphere that lasted for 70 million years. It was apparently caused by gases from volcanic eruptions.

Space October 9, 2017

Atmosphere Detected On Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b: How Likely Is It To Host Life?

For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around an exoplanet bolstering the prospects of finding life outside the solar system. Dubbed GJ 1132b, the exoplanet orbits the dwarf star GJ 1132.

Space April 11, 2017

Atmosphere Of Hot Steam Detected Around Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b

Astronomers have detected for the first time an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet. Super-Earth GJ 1132b, which revolves around a very low-mass star, is potentially a water world with atmosphere of hot steam.

Space April 6, 2017

Solar Wind, Radiation Stripped Away Most Of Mars Atmosphere: How This Transformed Red Planet's Climate And Habitability

New data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft suggest solar wind and radiation were most responsible for loss of Martian atmosphere. How did thinning of the atmosphere transformed the Red Planet's climate and ability to support life?

Space April 2, 2017

Solar Storms Responsible For Removing Electrons From Our Atmosphere

Solar storms created by electrically charged particles are the reason behind the creation of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights across the Arctic, states a new study. These solar storms also affect GPS signals and cause power failure.

Space March 4, 2017

Greenhouse Gas From Your Bread? Study Looks At Impact Of Breakfast Loaf On Environment

Greenhouse gas from your bread? A study looks at the environmental impact of your breakfast loaf with a warning: The loaf bread on your table is global warming in a pack.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2017

Volcanic Hydrogen And Atmospheric Warming Expand Stars’ Habitable Zone By 60 Percent

Volcanic hydrogen and atmospheric warming could increase the stars' habitable zone up to 60 percent. The once-icy exoplanets can be life-sustaining as long as there are volcanoes in view.

Space March 2, 2017

Mars Lost Liquid Water From Escape Of Hydrogen Through Atmospheric Route, Says Study

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado has attributed erosion of liquid water from the surface of Mars to accentuated escape rate of hydrogen from the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet.

Space February 10, 2017

NASA Scientists Study Cosmic Rays To Improve Radiation Protection For Frequent Flyers

The results of a NASA study on effects of cosmic radiation on the atmosphere in high-altitudes have been published and the research is expected to improve radiation monitoring, creating alerts to protect frequent flyers from high-radiation environments.

Space January 30, 2017

Methane Bursts May Have Warmed Planet Mars In Its Youth

Methane found in the ancient Martian atmosphere, along with hydrogen and carbon dioxide, may have led to a greenhouse effect on the Red Planet about 3.5 to 4.5 billion years ago. See how the interactions among these gases may have led to warm periods.

Space January 26, 2017

Giant Gravity Wave Spotted On Venus: What It Reveals About The Mysterious Planet

For the first time, a huge bow-shaped wave was seen in the highest regions of the Venusian atmosphere and considered a gravity wave, another source of wonder and insight into the planet's thick atmosphere.

Space January 17, 2017

Groundbreaking Optical Device Built For Widest Real-Time Views Of Vast Sun Regions

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has developed an advanced optical device capable of correcting images of the Sun that are distorted by turbulence from the different layers of the atmosphere. Under the new device, real-time pictures are now delivered to the scientists on the activity of the star’s surface.

Space January 12, 2017

Spooky Clouds Swirling Around Venus Atmosphere Prompt Alien Probe By US, Russian Scientists

Called Venera-D, the joint mission by NASA and Roscosmos is poised to send an uncrewed aerial vehicle to the heart of Venus’ atmosphere to investigate the possibility of microbial life.

Space January 9, 2017

Climate Scientist, Astronaut Piers Sellers Dies At 61

British-born NASA astronaut and leading climate scientist Piers Sellers died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 23 at the age of 61. In an official statement, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden paid glowing tributes to Sellers and recalled his work on climate change.

Space December 24, 2016

Mars Crust Influences Atmosphere Of Red Planet

NASA's Curiosity rover provided measurements of noble gases in the Red Planet's atmosphere. Results suggest the chemistry of surface material on Mars likely influenced makeup of its atmosphere.

Space September 30, 2016

Rocky, Venus-Like Exoplanet Might Contain Oxygen In Its Atmosphere

A rocky, Venus-like exoplanet first reported in 2015 may potentially contain signs of oxygen in its atmosphere. However, the potential presence of oxygen does not mean that the exoplanet is habitable.

Space August 22, 2016

NASA Climate Model Suggests Planet Venus May Have Been Livable

Planet Venus is now a hellish world. Simulations using NASA's climate model, however, revealed that the second planet from the sun may have once been habitable.

Space August 11, 2016

Jupiter Moon Io's Atmosphere Freezes And Collapses During Eclipses

A typical lunar eclipse on Earth offers viewers a spectacular treat, but on Jupiter's moons, the effect is different. A new study reveals how a Jupiter eclipse affects its volcanically active moon Io.

Space August 2, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Finds New Dark Spot On Neptune

Neptune has developed a new dark vortex, whipping around the planet. The mighty storm has just been imaged by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space June 23, 2016

How 'Electric Wind' Removes Atmospheres, Oceans In Planets Like Venus

Venus may have hosted a large amount of water billions of years ago, but it evaporated. Scientists say the planet's 'electric wind' may have caused the lack of water.

Space June 21, 2016

SOFIA Flying Observatory Detects Atomic Oxygen In Upper Layers Of Mars Atmosphere

Atomic oxygen was detected in the upper layer of the Red Planet's atmosphere for the first time in 40 years. How did the flying observatory SOFIA make this possible?

Space May 10, 2016

Pluto's Strange Haze Might Be The Result Of Gravity Waves

What’s causing the haziness and streaks in the atmosphere of Pluto? NASA and the Horizons team decided to investigate and came up with a possible answer: gravity waves.

Space May 5, 2016

Reflected Light Holds Clue To Atmospheric Makeup Of Eccentric Planet HD 20782

The highly elliptical orbit of exoplanet HD 20782 is unlike anything seen in our solar system. Its reflected light, too, may be key in studying its planetary atmosphere, one that can hurdle a brief yet blistering exposure to its star.

Space March 20, 2016

Pluto's Nitrogen Does Not Fizz Out Into Space Because Its Atmosphere Serves As Coolant

New data from the Pluto flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft showed that nitrogen is escaping from the dwarf planet and into space at a much lower rate than expected due to a cooling effect in the atmosphere.

Space March 18, 2016

Plankton Remove Carbon From Atmosphere And Carry Them To The Ocean

The ocean is the Earth's largest carbon sink. A team of international experts shed light on how the ocean and its inhabitants carry carbon from the atmosphere and deposit it deep into the waters.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2016

The Curious Case Of The Missing Electrons: Have Scientists Finally Found Them?

Scientists have discovered a possible explanation as to why electron concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere have dropped in the past 50 years. They believe it is caused by a dust particle layer in the ionosphere called the D-region ledge.

January 2, 2016

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