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Stargazer Snaps Stunning Milky Way Photo of Mount Rainier (Image)

The brilliant band of the Milky Way dazzles over Mount Rainier National Park in an amazing new image.<p>Paula Cobleigh captured this photo on Oct. 25 …

Watch the planets dance in a triple conjunction

Triple planetary conjunctions are relatively rare in the night sky, but astronomers are about to be in for a real treat.<p>The three brightest planets in our solar system as seen from Earth -- Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus -- will be coming together in the sky, "dancing" around each other over the …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Blocking Light Sheds New Light on Exoplanet Atmospheres

Exoplanets are uncanny. Some seem to have walked directly out of the best science-fiction movies. For example, we’ve discovered a planet consisting …

Universe

What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?

Visualization by Ron Miller @ Black Cat Studios<p>What if a celestial body like Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, was as close to the …

How Fast Does the Earth Rotate?

<i>This article originally appeared in 2009, but I’ve updated it and added this video.</i><p>The ground feels firm and solid beneath your feet. Of course, the …

China Reportedly Performs ASAT Test Disguised as Sounding Rocket (Updated)

Chinese SC-19 ASAT missile<p>A story from the Free Beacon states that China conducted a test of new anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon on Monday according to …

Space Entrepreneurs Taming the Final Frontier

Check out three ambitious companies focused on intergalactic innovation--and one expert's forecast for what's next in space.<p>High-profile intergalactic projects such as Elon Musk's Space X and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic have helped bring space travel (read: space commerce) to the …

10 Terrifying Planets You Don't Want To Visit

Space exploration is a grand adventure. Its mystery has always captivated us and the inevitable discoveries to come will add to the many cosmological …

Why sign up for a one-way Mars trip? Three applicants explain the appeal

A one-way trip to Mars sounds like something you'd wish on your worst enemy — so why would more than 78,000 people from around the world pay up to $75 for a chance to die on another planet?<p>"I can say I have an ulterior motive," said David Brin, who has written more than a dozen science-fiction …

Lifting the veil from a star's alien worlds

<b>The composition of exoplanets can be studied via their spectra – those rainbows of information contained in starlight – but these chemical</b> …