What’s the tallest mountain in the world? Hint: it’s not Mt. Everest

Earth is not a perfect sphere, so the answer to what’s the tallest mountain in the world will surprise you.

Earth’s oxygen has been emigrating to the Moon for billions of years, study finds

Who wouldn’t?

Microorganisms can survive in space and on other planets, safe behind dried-up biofilms

Worry and excitement, all in one paper.

A whole new branch of life could have evolved and died off on Earth 2,4 billion years ago

There’s no proof. But the conditions were right for it to happen.

Earth might have had 20 moonlets before they coalesced to form *the* Moon

Our humble satellite just got a heck of a lot more interesting.

The Earth is spinning slower, making the days longer and longer

Tick tock.

Scientists coax bacteria towards silicon-based life

Silly bacteria, carbon-based life is best life!

A new model to explain the Moon’s weird orbit suggests a much more violent genesis

It doesn’t answer everything — but it’s a good point to start from.

Oldest oceanic crust might have been part of the Tethys Ocean 340 million years ago

An ancient oceanic slab buried beneath the Mediterranean sea might revise textbooks.

Over-consumption is more deadly to Earth’s wildlife than climate change

We use so much of everything so fast that it’s literally killing the planet.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is heating its upper atmosphere

The swirling gases could shed light on the atmosphere of other planets within and outside of our solar system.

Ancient rocks reveal causes of Earth’s greatest mass extinction event

The new findings call our current theories on the mass extinction event into question.

Gravitational pull causes some earthquakes on California’s San Andreas Fault

Despite being thousands of kilometers away, the sun and moon are behind some of the earthquakes on the Earth.

Ancient supernovae might have contributed to Earth mass extinction

Death from the heavens.

Climate change pushing clouds higher into the atmosphere, shifting them towards Earth’s poles

These movements could in turn help speed up global warming.

Earth may actually be 2 planets, new study finds

Crash boom bang! Our planet and another protoplanet may have collided head-on in their early history.

Earth rotates slower from sea-level rise: ‘Munk’s Enigma’ now solved

Scientists finally crack down a puzzle that has eluded the community for years. It seems sea level rise does indeed slow down Earth’s spin.

How the Moon got its tilt

Astronomers describe that the present-day tilt of the Moon is likely a result of collision-free encounters of the early Moon with small planetary bodies.

Biggest Planets Started out as Tiny Pebbles

Gas giants like Saturn or Jupiter may have formed not from a planetary core, but rather from tiny pebbles that stuck together. This theory would solve one of the biggest problems about our understanding of planetary formation: the timeline. The previous model was called core accretion: you have a planetary core of rock and ice that starts to attract and keep

Automated process finds three super-Earths in our neighborhood – a new way to hunt for alien planets

Using three state of the art ground-based telescopes, a team of astronomers has identified three super-Earth exoplanets that are seven to eight times as massive as our own planet and orbit their parent star closer than Mercury orbits the sun. What’s hot about the findings – apart from the planet’s likely scorching surface – is that these were made using a novel automated approach, in which one telescope called the Automated Planet Finder (APF) Telescope at Lick Observatory in California was programmed to scour the night’s sky and look for signs of nearby alien planets. These three planets are just the beginning of a new process that hopefully will return hundreds of planets in our neighborhood, all without the need for human supervision.