Ice Giants and Icy Moons: The Decadal Planetary Science Survey looks beyond Mars to the outer solar system

The last time the planetary science community came together to conduct a decadal survey, Mars was on the rise. NASA has undertaken a series of Mars missions and has been working on its most ambitious rover to date, Curiosity. The Decadal Survey supported the continuation of the Mars exploration strategy by supporting a sample collection … Read more

Athletes with climate causes, planet postcards, and more

It can be difficult to connect with nature in our daily lives. But with a little help, you can find nature everywhere. With that in mind, here are some recent artistic and cultural news to help bring nature to life for you wherever you are. 1. Athletes struggle to stop climate breakdown Running a marathon … Read more

If you are going to look for evidence of technologically advanced civilizations in the universe, you should start by thinking about what exactly you might be looking for. My colleagues at the NASA-sponsored Categorizing Atmospheric Technosignatures program and I spend a lot of time thinking about this. But there is a question that haunts me … Read more

Explaining the universe “wasn’t easy” for Charles Liu of Montclair

at Charles Liu’s new book, “The Universe Explained,” Astrophysicist and astronomy guru tells the story of the universe from the first seconds after its birth, through the journey of the Big Bang, to more than 5 billion years from now, when the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy are expected to collide, to what could … Read more

Inflation makes everyone spend more, but it may be the engine to save our money — and our planet

Inflation worries many Americans — a jump in the price of groceries and gas means paying more for fewer items, and potentially restricting any savings in the future. But it could also be an opportunity to rethink daily spending, and perhaps even help the environment. There is a link between consumer spending and climate change. … Read more

3D porous structure of the oldest materials in the solar system

Porosity is an important physical property that greatly influences a wide range of physical processes on asteroids. Significantly affects the mechanics of drilling. It not only contributes to dampening shock waves but also determines the amount and distribution of waste heat generated1,2,3. Porosity affects the permeability and movement of gases and liquids through an object, … Read more

Amazing Experience, UAA Planetarium is back with ‘Exploding Universe’

The Planetarium and Visualization Theater at UAA seats 62 people. Photography by Matthew Schmitz Giving viewers a front row seat to some of the most dramatic and violent events in natural history, Clark Planetarium Productions’ “Exploding Universe” uses 3D animation to simulate explosions across the universe, whether large or small. Presented on May 13 by … Read more