The discovery around a white dwarf suggests planets can survive their star’s demise
A team of scientists will examine the astrobiological prospects for phosphine on Earth’s hellish twin
Welcome to the October issue of Scientific American
The unexpected atmospheric detection of phosphine, a smelly gas made by microbes on Earth, could spark a revolution in astrobiology
New clues have emerged about exactly where your last drink came from
An experimental gene treatment aboard the International Space Station demonstrates how rodents—and humans—might stay buff beyond Earth
The company’s attempts to dim the spacecraft in its megaconstellation fall short of eliminating disruptions to the world’s ground-based observatories
Gravitational interactions among the moons could offer new insights on the liquid layers lurking in their depths
Astronomers observed an odd triple-star system that offers clues about misaligned planetary orbits. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The unexpected finding gives astronomers their first good look at previously missing “intermediate”-size black holes
Finding cosmic civilizations might require a more innovative approach than listening for radio transmissions
The universe turns out to be much bigger and weirder than anyone thought
Boosted by sunlight, “bubblecraft” might reach Proxima Centauri after a 185-year voyage
The former front-runner in the lunar space race aims to rekindle its exploration after nearly half a century
The new image shows the comet emerged intact from its perilous passage through the inner solar system
Letters to the editor from the April 2020 issue of Scientific American
Aliens? Or a chunk of solid hydrogen? Which idea makes less sense?
The car-sized object zoomed by just 1,830 miles away
Scientists determined that “lava world” exoplanets do not derive their brightness from molten rock but possibly get it from reflective metallic clouds. Christopher Intagliata reports...
The observatory has found 66 confirmed worlds, plus 2,100 additional candidates—and the search goes on