The origin of the Moon increasingly clear

The Moon is a veritable anomaly in the solar system and its origin has for a long time left astronomers without a convincing explanation. Today we know that the Moon was given to us by a collision between ancient Earth…



On the tracks of the ninth planet

It has not yet been seen by telescopes, but there is every evidence to suggest that there may be a new planet at the edge of the Solar System. This evidence is included in a study by Michael Brown and…



Space curiosities

The infinite space that lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere is not easy to reconstruct in the cinema, not so much for technical reasons - nowadays, in fact, special effects are increasingly surprising - but because respecting the laws of physics…



Light in Astronomy

“Light in Astronomy”, the national event conceived by astronomers from the National Institute of Astrophysics to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, yesterday got underway. From 8 to 15 November, numerous initiatives are planned at the national…

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World Space Week

From 4 to 10 October will be the World Space Week, WSW, an initiative established by the United Nations on 6 December 1999 to commemorate two important historical dates: 4 October 1957, the date of the launch of the Russian…



NASA confirms the presence of liquid water on Mars

Finally, the long-awaited confirmation of the presence of liquid water on Mars has arrived. In recent years, the probes in orbit around the Red Planet had taken photographs of structures resembling streams of water on the walls of volcanoes and…



Oxygen on exoplanets: bio or not bio?

One of the goals that astronomy has set itself is to determine if there is life on extrasolar planets. Oxygen has always been considered a necessary biological indicator to identify the presence of life on extrasolar planets. The Earth's atmosphere,…



The first images of Pluto have arrived

NASA has published the first images taken by the New Horizons space probe as it flew by Pluto. Attention focussed on the presence of mountains as high as 3500 metres, craters and canyons. From initial observations, it would seem that…



New Horizons meets Pluto

Tuesday, 14 July at 13:49 Italian time, NASA's New Horizons space probe will fly past Pluto, at an altitude of 12,500 kilometres, and past Charon, the largest of its moons. The probe began its long voyage on 19 January 2006,…

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