A new analysis of the data gathered by the Galileo space probe has revealed the presence of a partially molten magma ocean which is a layer about 30 miles thick below the surface of Io, one of the biggest Jupiter’s moons.
Astronomy / Astrophysics
The Gravity Probe B space mission has confirmed two predictions derived from Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity measuring the geodetic and frame-dragging effects.
In July 2005 the Deep Impact probe made the first visit to the comet Tempel 1, in recent days the Stardust spacecraft has taken new photos, including the ones of the crater left by the impactor launched from Deep Impact, and made new measurements to improve our knowledge.
The Kepler space telescope is discovering many new star systems: among them there’s one at about 2,000 light years from Earth whose star has been called Kepler-11.
Last week, an Australian site reported statements from Dr. Brad Carter, a professor of physics at the University of Southern Queensland, who talked about the approaching death of the star Betelgeuse, which will become a supernova and in his opinion for a few weeks will shine like a second sun.