Posts filtered by tags: Carnegie Institution For Science[x]


 

New Study of 1980s Mars Meteorite Debunks Proof of Ancient Life On Planet

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A four billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on Earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all, scientists have said. In 1996, a NASA-led team announced that organic compounds in the rock appeared to have been left by living creatures. Other scientists were skeptical and researchers chipped away at that premise over the decades, most recently by a team led by the Carnegie Institut...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, Mars, Houston, Carnegie Institution For Science, Steele, Johnson Space Center, Andrew Steele, Kathie Thomas Keprta, Simon Clemett


New study of 1980s Mars meteorite debunks proof of ancient life on planet

Scientists who were part of original 1996 study stand by their observations claiming new findings are ‘disappointing’A four billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on Earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all, scientists have said.In 1996, a Nasa-led team announced that organic compounds in the rock appeared to have been left by living creatures. Other scientists were skeptical and researchers chipped away at that premise over the ...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Mars, Carnegie Institution For Science, Andrew Steele


Astronomers spotted a distant planet in the middle of making its own moon

The PDS 70 system, located nearly 400 light-years away and still in the process of being formed, with planet PDS 70c circled in blue. ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Benisty et al. Astronomers have captured a distant planet adorned with a moon-making disc for the first time. The planet has captured enough gas and dust in its orbit to make three moons the size of Earth's. By studying this world and its star, astronomers can learn more about how planets and moons are born. See more stories on Insid...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Stars, Chile, Jupiter, Exoplanets, Planetary Science, Carnegie Institution For Science, Telescopes, Alma, PDS, European Southern Observatory


Giant Diamonds May Hold the Key To Superdeep Earthquakes

"Earthquakes shouldn't occur more than 300 kilometers below Earth's surface, according to most geophysical models," reports Science magazine. "Yet they commonly do — a phenomenon that has mystified seismologists for decades." Slashdot reader sciencehabit shares their report on one possible explanation: that water carried by the tectonic plates shoved beneath continents "could be triggering these deep temblors." The find may also explain another marvel: why a huge number of fist-size diamonds ...
Tags: Tech, Earth, St Louis, Carnegie Institution For Science, Washington University, Wiens, Shirey, Douglas Wiens, Steven Shirey


Beyond Pluto: the hunt for our solar system's new ninth planet

Scientists think a planet larger than Earth lurks in the far reaches of the solar system. Now a new telescope could confirm their belief and change solar system scienceYou’d think that if you found the first evidence that a planet larger than the Earth was lurking unseen in the furthest reaches of our solar system, it would be a big moment. It would make you one of only a small handful of people in all of history to have discovered such a thing.But for astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie I...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Earth, Washington Dc, Planets, Black Holes, Pluto, Carnegie Institution For Science, Scott Sheppard


Researcher Finally Explains Why Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has 'Tiger Stripes'

In 2005, the Cassini space probe orbited Saturn's frozen moon Enceladus to photograph "enormous jets of water ice and vapor emanating from four parallel slashes near its south pole," reports Science. "Since then, researchers have detected organic molecules and hydrogen in the jets -- potential food for microbes -- making Enceladus one of the top destinations in the search for life elsewhere in the Solar System." But a new paper posted this week on the preprint server arXiv claims to finally un...
Tags: Washington, Saturn, Cassini, Carnegie Institution For Science, University of California Santa Cruz, Douglas Hemingway, Francis Nimmo


Saturn declared most moonfluential planet after follower count reaches 82

A team of researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science recently announced the discovery of 20 new planets surrounding Saturn. This moves the ringed planet past Jupiter as the most ‘moonfluential’ denizen of our solar system. The new moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii. After careful observation, the team determined that the new moons were similar in size and, with the exception of three, orbiting the planet backwards. According to a press release from Carnegie: Ea...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Hawaii, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science


Astronomers spot 20 more moons of Saturn — and want you to help name them

Saturn has pulled ahead of Jupiter again in the moon discovery race, thanks to a batch of 20 outer moons that bring the ringed planet's total tally to 82. The newly reported satellites, confirmed by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, were found by the same team that reported spotting 12 new moons of Jupiter last year. As was the case with those moons of Jupiter, the discovery team at the Carnegie Institution for Science is soliciting suggestions for naming the ne...
Tags: Science, Saturn, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science, International Astronomical Union, Minor Planet Center, Jupiter Right


20 new moons were just discovered orbiting Saturn, and you can help name them

Twenty new moons orbiting Saturn were discovered, bringing the planet's total up to 82 moons. Saturn now has more moons than any other planet in the solar system, including Jupiter, which has 79. Further study of the new moons could help determine how the planet's outermost moons may have formed from collisions that fragmented large moons into smaller bodies. People can submit suggestions for the new moons' names on Twitter, pulling from Norse, Inuit, and Gallic mythology. Visit Business Insid...
Tags: China, Trends, Nasa, Hawaii, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Saturn, Jupiter, Subaru, Stephen Curry, Carnegie Institution For Science, Mauna Kea, Carnegie, Sheppard, Fionn, Carnegie Institution


Astronomer Finds Potential Furthest Object In Solar System

Prominent astronomer Dr Scott Sheppard, of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington D.C., has discovered a new object in the distant reaches of our solar system and given it the name FarFarOut. "At 140 times further away from the sun than our own planet is, the newly identified body -- if its discovery is confirmed -- will become the furthest known object in our solar system," reports The Guardian. Sheppard's discovery was made after his team was analyzing astronomical data to track do...
Tags: Washington, Earth, Carnegie Institution For Science, Sheppard, Scott Sheppard, FarFarOut


Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

Looks like someone's thought ahead this time The Carnegie Institution for Science, a research hub headquartered in America's capital, is asking for the public’s help to name five of Jupiter’s newly discovered moons.…
Tags: America, Software, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science, Moony Mcmoonface


The Day Edwin Hubble Realized Our Universe Was Expanding

This year marks the 90th anniversary of a mind-boggling discovery: that the universe is expanding. The discovery was spearheaded by Edwin Hubble, for whom the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope is named. As an astronomer at Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles, Hubble had access to the most cutting-edge equipment of the day, particularly the 100-inch (2.5 meters) Hooker telescope. The telescope, built in 1917, was the largest on Earth until 1949. Since 1919, Hubble had been discovering new gal...
Tags: Science, Earth, Hubble, Hubble Space Telescope, Einstein, Carnegie Institution For Science, Edwin Hubble, Mount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles Hubble, Carnegie Institution Hubble, Vesto Melvin Slipher, National Academy of Sciences What Hubble


Astronomers spotted the most distant object in the Solar System, named it ‘Farout’

You've really got to hand it to space scientists. They regularly deliver mind-blowing news that tells us more and more about the universe we live in, and they manage to do it all while keeping a pretty good sense of humor. Take the recent discovery of a new, super-distant Solar System object called 2018 VG18, for example. In a new announcement by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, the existence of the object was revealed, along with its very tongue-in-cheek nick...
Tags: Science, Earth, Pluto, Solar System, Carnegie Institution For Science, International Astronomical Union, Farout, Scott S Sheppard


Solar system's most distant object is 'Farout' pink dwarf planet

Astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington said on Tuesday the dwarf planet, officially designated as 2018 VG18, is estimated to have a diameter of 310 to 375 miles (500 to 600 km). There are roughly 50 dwarf planets in the solar system. Its discovery was announced on Monday by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center.
Tags: Science, Washington, Carnegie Institution For Science, International Astronomical Union, Scott Sheppard


Trilobites: It’s the Solar System’s Most Distant Object. Astronomers Named It Farout.

Orbiting 11 billion miles from the sun, this tiny world offers additional clues in the search for the proposed Planet Nine.
Tags: News, Planets, Solar System, Carnegie Institution For Science, Dwarf Planets, Sheppard, Space and Astronomy, Scott S


Farout! Astronomers identify the most distant known object in our solar system

Astronomers say they’ve discovered the most distant body ever observed in our solar system, a potential dwarf planet that’s about 11 billion miles from the sun. Its nickname? “Farout.” The far-out object — which is also known by its more official but less colorful designation, 2018 VG18 — was detected with Japan’s 8-meter Subaru Telescope in Hawaii during a campaign to look for extremely distant solar system objects, including a hypothetical Planet X or Planet Nine. Further observations to confi...
Tags: Japan, Science, Hawaii, Carnegie Institution For Science, Farout, Magellan Telescopes


Discovery of 'Goblin' Solar System Object Bolsters the Case For Planet Nine (slashdot)

Astronomers have discovered a dwarf planet, dubbed "the Goblin," in the outer reaches of the Solar System that never gets any closer to the Sun than 6 billion miles. Some experts say its orbital configuration points to the existence of Planet Nine, a hypothetical planet in our Solar System that is estimated to be about 10 times the mass of Earth. Gizmodo reports: The Goblin, or 2015 TG38 as it's more formally called, is what's known as an extreme trans-Neptunian object, or ETNO. As the moniker i...
Tags: News, Earth, Gizmodo, Neptune, Carnegie Institution For Science, Northern Arizona University, Scott Sheppard, Sedna, BeauHD, Chadwick Trujillo


Discovery of 'Goblin' Solar System Object Bolsters the Case For Planet Nine

Astronomers have discovered a dwarf planet, dubbed "the Goblin," in the outer reaches of the Solar System that never gets any closer to the Sun than 6 billion miles. Some experts say its orbital configuration points to the existence of Planet Nine, a hypothetical planet in our Solar System that is estimated to be about 10 times the mass of Earth. Gizmodo reports: The Goblin, or 2015 TG38 as it's more formally called, is what's known as an extreme trans-Neptunian object, or ETNO. As the moniker i...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Gizmodo, Neptune, Carnegie Institution For Science, Northern Arizona University, Scott Sheppard, Sedna, Chadwick Trujillo


Rare Blue Diamonds Lurk Deep In Earth's Core

Scientist believe they now know how extremely rare blue diamonds are formed. After studying 46 of the gems, they found that blue diamonds are formed as deep as the transition zone between the planet's upper and lower mantle (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) -- far greater depths than other diamonds, some deeper than 410 miles. The Washington Post reports: Just 1 out of 200,000 diamonds are blue. Like all diamonds, they are made when carbon comes under intense pressure and ex...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, Earth, Carnegie Institution For Science, Gemological Institute of America, Steven Shirey, Washington Shirey


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Tons of hidden diamonds, Jupiter's new moons, America's last Blockbuster and more

1. Some Recently Discovered Moons of Jupiter are Weirder Than Others Scott Sheppard's astronomy division at the Carnegie Institution for Science hunts for objects in very distant parts of our Solar System. Sometimes, however, they're able to scour...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Design, NYC, Environment, Cars, America, Tech, Ted, Flight, Culture, Museums, Plants, Jupiter, Galleries, Link-about-it


79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

The latest survey of the region around the gas giant turned up a dozen new moons, including an oddball that was going in the wrong direction.
Tags: News, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science, Sheppard, Moons, Space and Astronomy, Jupiter (Planet, Scott S


Link About It: Some Recently Discovered Moons of Jupiter are Weirder Than Others

Scott Sheppard's astronomy division at the Carnegie Institution for Science hunts for objects in very distant parts of our Solar System. Sometimes, however, they're able to scour areas closer—depending on the orbit of planets intersecting with their...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Design, Culture, Planets, Jupiter, Linkaboutit, Carnegie Institution For Science, Scott Sheppard, Moons, Thecosmos


12 new moons were discovered orbiting Jupiter, and one’s an ‘oddball’

Jupiter's got 12 new moons. Well, not exactly. Those dozen moons have, of course, always been in Jupiter's orbit, but it was only this week that researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science announced their discovery. The post 12 new moons were discovered orbiting Jupiter, and one’s an ‘oddball’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science, Emerging Tech, Planet X, Moons


Scientists just found a dozen new moons around Jupiter — including one they're calling an 'oddball'

While searching for a hypothetical planet at the far edges of our solar system known as Planet Nine or Planet X, a team of astronomers discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter. That brings the total number of moons around gas giant to 79. Eleven of the new moons join existing groups of Jovian satellites, but one of Jupiter's new moons follows a unique, odd path. Our solar system's giant planet has been hiding something — or 12 things, really. Researchers announced Monday that they'd discovered...
Tags: Trends, Chile, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science, Blanco, International Astronomical Union, Carnegie, Ganymede, Sheppard, Scott Sheppard, Cerro Tololo Inter American Observatory, Jovian, Valetudo, Ga reth Williams, Roman god Jupiter The moon


Astronomers just discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter

Our solar system is already teaming with nearly 200 moons, and we just got 12 more to add to the list. A team led by astronomer Scott Sheppard out of the Carnegie Institution for Science discovered the moons in 2017 using one of the most powerful digital cameras in the world, the Dark Energy Camera. And after follow-up observations, they've confirmed that Jupiter has even more moons than we thought. And these new moons point to a violent and destructive past. Following is a transcript of the vid...
Tags: Trends, Jupiter, Pluto, Carnegie Institution For Science, Sheppard, Scott Sheppard, Jupiter Jupiter, Valetudo, Roman god Jupiter


Astronomers Discover 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter - One on Collision Course With the Others

One of a dozen new moons discovered around Jupiter is circling the planet on a suicide orbit that will inevitably lead to its violent destruction, astronomers say. From a report: Researchers in the US stumbled upon the new moons while hunting for a mysterious ninth planet that is postulated to lurk far beyond the orbit of Neptune, the most distant planet in the solar system. The team first glimpsed the moons in March last year from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, but needed...
Tags: US, Tech, Chile, Jupiter, Neptune, Carnegie Institution For Science, Scott Sheppard, Cerro Tololo Inter American Observatory, Jovian, Washington DC Jupiter


New data-mining technique offers most-vivid picture of Martian mineralogy

(Carnegie Institution for Science) A team of scientists have revealed the mineralogy of Mars at an unprecedented scale, which will help them understand the planet's geologic history and habitability. Understanding the mineralogy of another planet, such as Mars, allows scientists to backtrack and understand the forces that shaped their formation in that location.
Tags: Mars, Carnegie Institution For Science


Solar and wind energy could meet 80% of US electricity demand

Fourth-fifths of the United States’ electricity demand could be met with wind and solar power, according to four researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the California Institute of Technology. UCI associate professor Steven Davis said in a statement, “The fact that we could get 80 percent of our power from wind and solar alone is really encouraging. Five years ago, many people doubted that these resources could account for more than 20 ...
Tags: Texas, Design, US, United States, Davis, Steven Davis, Carnegie Institution For Science, UCI, Ken Caldeira, DepositPhotos, Energy Environmental Science, Steve Zylius, California Institute of Technology UCI, Drew Hays


Peru protects one of world's last great untouched forests

In collaboration with local and international conservation groups, the Peruvian government has established Yaguas National Park in the country’s far eastern territory to permanently protect millions of acres of pristine rainforest. “This is a place where the forest stretches to the horizon,” Corine Vriesendorp, a conservation ecologist at The Field Museum in Chicago, told the New York Times. “This is one of the last great intact forests on the globe.” The forest is so massive that the clouds wh...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Chicago, New York Times, Peru, South America, Latin America, Columbia, Carnegie Institution For Science, Western United States, Field Museum, DepositPhotos, New York Times Images, Ecuador Chile, Yaguas National Park, Corine Vriesendorp


Bad news: Warmest climate models might also be most accurate (ars technica)

Enlarge / Be cautious out there. (credit: Bill Green) Some people who reject the conclusions of climate science claim that the existence of any remaining uncertainty means few or no actions need be taken to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. In reality, though, uncertainty is ever-present in science, and it's not necessarily our friend. A new study from Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science highlights the fact that uncertainty means climate change could just ...
Tags: News, Ipcc, Carnegie Institution For Science, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Patrick Brown, Scott K. Johnson, Ken Caldeira, Bill Green