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.
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.
Astronomers and scientists all over the world are amazed by the first results of Juno mission. About 40 papers have already been presented to discuss the new, stunning data coming from the NASA’s mission to Jupiter. Continue reading Jupiter’s South Pole finally discovered
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