Scientists have discovered that the timing of the massive impact between our planet and a planet-sized body, named Theia, occurred around 40 million years after the start of the solar system. That means that the final stage of Earth's formation is about 60 million years older than previously thought...
Learning more about ancient Earth can tell us quite a bit about how it first formed. Now, scientists may have uncovered a new clue when it comes to our planet's origins.
There's a new type of planet in our universe--and it's a big one. Astronomers have discovered a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth, making it much larger than the previously-known "super-Earth."
How did Earth's first continents form? Scientists may have just uncovered the answer to that question by studying ancient rocks.
Scientists have recreated the extreme conditions 600 to 2,900 km below Earth's surface to better understand the extreme melting of basalt in the oceanic tectonic plates.
Scientists have discovered that the composition of Earth's lower mantle may be significantly different than previously thought, which could help inform future research about how our planet works.
Sun-like stars don't just provide warmth to their planets. Scientists have found that these stars are "earth-eaters" and that during their development they ingest large amounts of the rocky material that form terrestrial planets.
Early in our Earth's history, vast outpourings of lava from deep within our planet accompanied the breakup of continents. Now, though, researchers have found that these massive outpourings may not be as deep as once thought.
The surface of the earth-like planet Venus features structures that may have been formed by mechanisms that are also found inside the Earth, as simulations conducted by ETH-Zurich professor Taras Gerya reveal.
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has spotted giant explosions, called hot flow anomalies, occurring near Venus. Researchers found that these explosions are occurring multiple times a day and can be bigger than the planet itself.
Astronomers are getting closer to finding a rocky, water-rich planet like earth after proving new technology that can spot minute changes to starlight.
After a five-week visit to the International Space Station, the Cygnus spacecraft has been released today by NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins and it will burn as it rips through the Earth’s atmosphere tomorrow.