Adam Mann

Temporary Astronomy Writer

Adam Mann is Science News’ temporary astronomy writer. He has a degree in astrophysics from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in science writing from UC Santa Cruz.

All Stories by Adam Mann

  1. Space

    Astronomers watch a supermassive black hole turn on for the first time

    A galaxy transitioned from being dim and quiet to bright and active, giving astronomers insight into active galactic nuclei.

  2. Space

    Human spaceflight’s new era is fraught with medical and ethical questions

    A new project called the Space Omics and Medical Atlas aims to study and document astronaut health as commercial spaceflight starts to take off.

  3. Space

    China’s Chang’e-6 snagged the first samples from the farside of the moon

    The samples, which will be returned to Earth in late June, could help researchers figure out why the moon’s two sides are so starkly different.

  4. Space

    The sun is entering solar maximum. Expect auroras, and more

    May saw the strongest auroras in recent memory. As the sun gets more active, those light shows may be a preview of what’s to come until at least 2026.

  5. Space

    Here’s how predictions of the sun’s corona during the 2024 eclipse fared

    Models from Predictive Science Inc. forecasted the appearance of the sun’s corona during the April eclipse to better understand our star.

  6. Planetary Science

    Venus might be as volcanically active as Earth

    Data from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft suggest that volcanic activity is widespread on Venus.

  7. Space

    NASA’s budget woes put ambitious space research at risk

    Mars Sample Return and missions to study other planets and celestial bodies, including lunar efforts, face big cuts and delays.

  8. Space

    Scientists are getting closer to understanding the sun’s ‘campfire’ flares

    The detection of cool plasma before the tiny outbursts on the sun is helping researchers make connections between campfire flares and other solar eruptions.

  9. Planetary Science

    Pluto’s heart-shaped basin might not hide an ocean after all

    Planetary scientists propose an alternative theory to explain why Sputnik Planitia has stayed put across Pluto’s equator.

  10. Space

    ​​During the awe of totality, scientists studied our planet’s reactions

    Earth’s atmosphere was a big area of focus for scientists studying the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

  11. Space

    A new image reveals magnetic fields around our galaxy’s central black hole

    Astronomers have captured polarized light coming from the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, giving insight into its magnetic fields.

  12. Physics

    A teeny device can measure subtle shifts in Earth’s gravitational field

    No bigger than a grain of rice, the heart of the instrument is the latest entrant in the quest to build ever tinier gravity-measuring devices.