Decades of solar activity condensed into 47-minute time-lapse video

Scientists have condensed decades of footage taken of our Sun’s atmosphere into a 47-minute video showcasing solar activity on a grand scale. The video was released to celebrate the 25th orbital anniversary of the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric observ… Continue reading Decades of solar activity condensed into 47-minute time-lapse video

Sprites and elves spotted lighting up Jupiter’s atmosphere

Atmospheric phenomena known as “sprites” and “elves” may be spectacularly illuminating the upper cloud layers of Jupiter, according to a newly published study based on data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. These short-lived light displays have been… Continue reading Sprites and elves spotted lighting up Jupiter’s atmosphere

Exploring the Clouds of Venus; It’s Not Fantasy, But it Will Take Specialized Spacecraft

By now, you’ve likely heard that scientists have found a potential sign of biological life on Venus. Through a series of radio telescope observations in 2017 and 2019, they were able to confirm the presence of phosphine gas high in the planet’s thick atmosphere. Here on Earth, the only way …read more

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Possible signs of life detected in Venus’ atmosphere

While most eyes are on Mars as the most likely place we might find life beyond Earth, perhaps we should be looking to our neighbor on the other side. High in the atmosphere of Venus, astronomers have made the startling discovery of a gas called phosphi… Continue reading Possible signs of life detected in Venus’ atmosphere

Bacteria that “eat” only air found in cold deserts around the world

A few years ago researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) discovered bacteria in Antarctica that could survive on nothing but air. Now the team has found that this handy ability might not be limited to the South Pole, with evidence turnin… Continue reading Bacteria that “eat” only air found in cold deserts around the world

Strange lightning and “mushball” rain could rage in Jupiter storms

With storms constantly raging all over its surface and a Great Red Spot that’s been churning for centuries, Jupiter could be known as the storm capital of the solar system. Now NASA’s Juno mission has discovered two new quirks of these storms – shallow… Continue reading Strange lightning and “mushball” rain could rage in Jupiter storms

Seasonal ultraviolet light pulses in Martian skies three times a night

A NASA spacecraft has observed a pulsing glow coming from Mars. Huge spots of ultraviolet light were seen in the night sky, pulsing with uncanny regularity – exactly three times every night. The find highlights (literally) the atmospheric processes and… Continue reading Seasonal ultraviolet light pulses in Martian skies three times a night

NASA unveils 10 years of solar activity in stunning time lapse video

NASA has released a time-lapse video of our Sun that condenses 10 full years of solar observations into a gorgeous 61 minute movie. The shots were taken by the agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which as of June has been keeping a near uninterrupted … Continue reading NASA unveils 10 years of solar activity in stunning time lapse video