NASA lab brews up alien atmospheres here on Earth

A NASA team has recreated the atmosphere of a "hot Jupiter" exoplanet, similar to this artist's rendition of WASP-18b

Earth's pleasant, life-giving atmosphere is turning out to be somewhat of an oddity. With almost 4,000 planets so far discovered orbiting stars beyond our solar system, scientists are finding that atmospheres come in a wide range of recipes. To get a better understanding of that cosmic chemistry, a team at

Researchers confirm Earth’s inner core is solid

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A new study by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) could help us understand how our planet was formed.Associate Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić and PhD Scholar Than-Son Phạm are confident they now have direct proof the earth's inner core is solid.They came up with a way to detect shear waves, or

What happens in Earth’s atmosphere during an eclipse?

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Using smartphones and radio kits, researchers will track changes in how radio waves travel through the ionosphere As the moon’s shadow races across North America on August 21, hundreds of radio enthusiasts will turn on their receivers — rain or shine. These observers aren’t after the sun. They’re interested in a

Death star heading towards Earth will end life

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A GIANT death star is heading Earth’s way which could wipe out life on the planet, scientists have warned. The star known as HIP 85605 is one of 14 stars that are heading towards Earth, and experts have given it a 90 per cent chance of reaching the edge of our

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