Do Uranus’s Moons Have Subsurface Oceans?

Updated to clarify the limitations of Galileo’s measurements. The solar system is rife with tiny, icy worlds. Many of them are moons of the gas giant planets and have been confirmed or are suspected to have liquid oceans beneath frozen ice shells. Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus are two of the […]

Supercomputer simulations could unlock mystery of Moon’s formation — ScienceDaily

Astronomers have taken a step towards understanding how the Moon might have formed out of a giant collision between the early Earth and another massive object 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists led by Durham University, UK, ran supercomputer simulations on the DiRAC High-Performance Computing facility to send a Mars-sized planet — called Theia — crashing […]

Supercomputer simulations could unlock mystery of Moon’s formation

Still image from a cross section of a 3D simulation run by researchers investigating how a collision between the early-Earth and a Mars-size object might have led to the formation of the Moon. Credit: Sergio Ruiz-Bonilla Astronomers have taken a step towards understanding how the Moon might have formed out of a giant collision between […]

NASA finds water on the moon’s sunlit surface for the first time

Editor’s note: You can follow NASA’s announcement of water on the moon live here.  For the first time ever, scientists have identified water on the moon’s sunlit surface. They also found that water is more common on the moon than previously thought, with pockets of ice hiding in shadowy regions of “eternal darkness,” some as […]

Why we may have the moon’s now defunct magnetic field to thank for it

Photo of a nearly full Moon shining brightly on the Earth’s atmosphere, taken from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA The habitability of a planet depends on many factors. One is the existence of a strong and long-lived magnetic field. These fields are generated thousands of kilometers below the planet’s surface in its liquid core […]