New studies boost binary-star formation theory

Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars. The discovery gives strong support for one of the competing explanations for how double-star systems form.

New evidence supports impact theory of moon's creation

It's long been theorized that the moon was created when a Mars-sized proto-planet slammed into the Earth. Unfortunately, though, the chemistry of the two bodies has stubbornly failed to bear this out.

Planets can form in galactic center

The center of the galaxy is not only a crowded place, it's blasted by shock waves, bathed in radiation and warped by owerful gravitational forces from the supermassive black hole  at the region's heart.

Why isn't Earth a lot wetter?

With the weather we're currently getting in the UK, it's hard to believe that the Earth is short of water. But at less than one percent of the planet's total mass, there's not nearly as much of the stuff as scientists would expect.

Earth-sized planets may be plentiful

There could be many more small planets than previously thought, thanks to the discovery that they don't need to form around stars rich in heavy elements.

Super-eruptions can develop super-fast

Supervolcanoes may be able to form in just a few hundred years - far, far more quickly than previously believed.

Mystery of 'ghost mountains' solved

Scientists have solved the mystery of how a mountain range as big as the Alps came to exist deep beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Heat from Earth's formation still being pumped out

Around half the 44 trillion watts of heat that flows from the interior of the Earth is the remaining heat from the planet's creation.

Antarctic images show ice sheet forming in unexpected way

The Antarctic ice sheet is forming and reforming in a completely different way to what was previously believed, a new study has revealed.

Astronomers see birth of new exoplanet

Astronomers believe they have found a planet in the process of formation, clearing a path in the natal disc surrounding a young star.