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First direct seismic measurements of mars reveal a geologically active planet

Scientific team including UMD geologists analyzed marsquakes from the InSight mission to find a planet with geological activity similar to both Earth and the Moon.

24 Feb 2020 Nature Geoscience

LOFAR pioneers new way to study exoplanet environments

Astronomers have discovered unusual radio waves coming from the nearby red dwarf star GJ1151.

17 Feb 2020 Nature Astronomy

SwRI models hint at longer timescale for Mars formation

Simulations of early impacts produce a mixed Mars mantle.

12 Feb 2020 Science Advances

Astronomical spectroscopy with unmatched precision

In a so far unique campaign, several institutions from two continents have teamed up to perform a comparison of two AstroCombs by Menlo Systems serving as calibrators for the two-channel spectrograph HARPS operating at the 3.6 m telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.

10 Feb 2020 Nature Astronomy

One small grain of moon dust, one giant leap for lunar studies

New technique for analyzing Moon rocks lets scientists study them atom by atom.

7 Feb 2020 Meteoritics & Planetary Science

Citizen science discovers a new form of the northern lights

Named 'dunes' by the hobbyists, the phenomenon is believed to be caused by waves of oxygen atoms glowing due to a stream of particles released from the Sun.

29 Jan 2020 AGU Advances

Extreme-energy accelerators in extragalactic outer space

Blazars are among the most fascinating objects in the universe.

27 Jan 2020 Nature Astronomy

Astronomers spot ‘vampire’ star sucking life from victim

The rare event researchers found was a super-outburst from the dwarf nova, which can be thought of as a vampire star system.

26 Jan 2020 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Pristine circumstellar material in the young supernova remnant Cassiopeia A

A group of scientists from Korea and USA detected pristine circumstellar material from the progenitor of Cassiopeia A.

23 Jan 2020 Nature Astronomy

Chinese astronomers measure geometric distance to the quasar 3C 273

Since the discovery of quasars more than a half a century ago, measuring their distances has always been a fundamental problem for cosmology.

21 Jan 2020 Nature Astronomy

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