Astronomy

Einstein is right (again)

The orbits of star S2 around the central black hole of the Milky Way resemble a rosette. (Image: ESO / L. Calçada) The general theory...

Why Uranus is twisted

Uranus is twisted in a unique way among the planets of our solar system. Uranus' moons and rings are also aligned in this way,...

Headache around the universe

Man looks in wonder and curiosity into the cosmos. (Image: solarseven / iStock) Dark energy, the big bang, the expansion of the universe ... Cosmologists...

Mercury makes its own ice cream

Mercury North Pole with yellow ice water deposits. (Image: NASA / MESSENGER) It seems almost paradoxical: of all places, there is water ice on the...

Earth and moon are not “twins”

The moon was created when the young earth collided with a protoplanet. (Image: johan63 / iStock) According to current theory, the moon is the result...

Star only pulsates with half

The star HD74423 is deformed and shows brightness fluctuations on only one side. (Image: Gabriel Pérez Díaz / IAC) Astronomers know many stars that change...

First results of the Mars Insight mission

Scouts on Mars: the Nasa land probe Insight (Image: Nasa / JPL-Caltech) On November 26, 2018, the NASA Mars Probe Insight landed on the Red...

What color were dino eggs?

Bird eggs and dinosaur egg (right) (Photo: Jasmina Wiemann / Yale University) They are speckled in blue, whitish or brown - there is a well-known...

Why are ears so knobbly?

The ear structures serve to locate sound sources. (Image: Pixsooz / iStock) They are big, small, pointed, long. But all human ears have one characteristic...

Does music really help with training?

Does music have the same effect as permitted doping in sports? (Image: vgajic / iStock) Headphones are part of training for many people, like sports...

How many faces do we know?

On average, people have 5000 faces in their heads. (Image: PeopleImages / iStock) Friends, neighbors, colleagues, celebrities ... Our lives and the media are teeming...

What does weekend sleep bring?

Sufficient sleep is important - every day. (Image: andresr / iStock) Many people sleep too little on weekdays - and then catch up on...

Fascination with astronomy at experimenta

Everyone can get to the telescope here. (Source: experimenta) A very special observatory: the all-sky dome on the roof of experimenta Heilbronn offers visitors to...

On the trail of the oxygen signature

This is what an oxygen-rich exoplanet could look like. (Image: NASA / GSFC / Friedlander-Griswold) Is there any life out there? A new method could...

TESS finds the first habitable earth twin

This is how the life-friendly, earth-sized Exoplanet TOI-700 d could look. (Image: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center) He is the new NASA planet hunter:...

Giant wave in the Milky Way

This illustration shows the location and extent of the Radcliffe wave in the Milky Way. (Image: Alyssa Goodman / Harvard University) Although the Milky Way...

“Hot Jupiter” on a spiral course

The Exoplanet WASP-12b approaches its star in a spiral orbit. (Image: NASA / JPL-Caltec) A hot gas giant orbits its star in extreme proximity at...

Ancient stardust in the meteorite

A few micrometers small granules from a meteorite (detail) turned out to be presolar star dust. (Image: NASA, W. Sparks (STScI) / R. Sahai...

Early medieval attic find

Discovered by chance in the attic: a sax and a spearhead from the late 7th century. (Image: University of Innsbruck) Archaeological treasures do not...

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