A recent discovery has spread across scientific journals and newspapers, steering the attention of the media and academics to a topic that is very often ignored: Meteorite impacts. Every time we look at the moon, our satellite reminds us that this phenomenon is usual in our solar system, where we live. A bit far away, the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet hit Jupiter in July 1994, shaking and exciting the entire astronomer community.
Located along the steep slopes of Mount Ingino in Umbria, Central Italy, the ancient town of Gubbio features a wealth of architectural jewels that testify to its millenary history. The town was founded in the 3rd century b.C. and was annexed by Rome in 85 b.C., as attested by the remanants of a Roman Theater that could host 10,000 visitors. All the churches, fountains and monuments that attract tens of thousands of tourists every year are a living proof of the ability of Italian Medieval and Renaissance architects. Continue reading A quaint Italian town and the blast that killed the Dinosaurs
Six female Italian scientists have recently accomplished stunning results in the framework of one of the most challenging topics in modern Astrophysics. Five of these outstanding scientists have no fixed, tenure-track contract; three have not yet turned 30.
The Magnetospheric Multi Scale or MMS mission celebrates one year in space since it was launched in March 12, 2015. It’s now fully operative “in science mode” and collecting measurements with 4 spacecraft flying in a tetrahedral formation sampling the Earth’s magnetosphere and collecting pressure, velocity and temperature observations of charged particles in space. Continue reading New insights into the origin of Solar storms
Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun and also the smallest in the Solar System. With a high-eccentricity orbit and a gravity which is about 3 times smaller than that on Earth, it takes about 88 days to complete its orbit around our Star. Continue reading Looking into Mercury’s secrets
There’s nothing really new in the clash between science and religion. In fact, many of us are aware that, as far back in time as 1633, Galileo Galilei, one of the greatest scientists of all time and the founder of modern science, went on trial for his controversial views about the solar system.
The interest of the public in the Red Planet is more vivid than ever these days, thanks to the blockbuster “The Martian” starring a stunning Matt Damon, playing the role of a stranded NASA astronaut who manages to survive for months on Mars thanks to his skills as an experimental agronomist.
“Is there anybody out there?” sang the Pink Floyd in 1980, in their masterpiece double LP “The Wall”. Back then, there was little hope that humankind might ever discover Earth-like planets in the Universe. Thirty-five years later, the tune has changed: Today, chances are much greater that something or somebody will eventually get in touch with us from the depths of space.