Alex Blanche

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Record Supermoon and 9 More Can't-Miss Sky Events in November

Get ready to see lunar pairings, meteor showers, and more this month.<p>The coming month brings the roaring lion of meteor displays, dazzling planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch the most impressive supermoon in nearly seven decades.<p>So dust …

Astronomy

Vampire Stars and Franken-Galaxies: The Spookiest Things in Outer Space

A guide to the scariest astronomical phenomenon observed in the universe.<p>Halloween is all about irreverently confronting our greatest fears, from the inevitability of death to the slow march of candy-induced tooth decay. But though witches, ghosts, zombies, chainsaw-massacres, and Trump masks make …

Bacteria get dangerously weird in space

In 2006, Cheryl Nickerson sent a culture of salmonella bacteria for a ride on the space shuttle Atlantis. Eleven days later, she watched anxiously from the Kennedy Space Center in the dead of night as her bacteria returned safely.<p>Nickerson, a microbiologist at Arizona State University, and her team …

Microbiology

New Supernovae Analysis Calls Dark Energy into Question

Is the universe really being flung out into oblivion? Maybe not so much.<p>In 2011, the Nobel Prize for Physics was shared by astrophysicists Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess, and Brian Schmidt. Their accomplishment: uncovering evidence for the accelerating expansion of the universe.<p>This acceleration was …

Here's how to get an amazing view of the planet Venus this winter

Tonight — October 24, 2016 — or any evening between now and about next March, look for the brilliant planet Venus to light up the twilight sky after sunset. Given a clear view in the sunset direction, it'll be hard to miss this dazzling world from any part of Earth. That's because Venus ranks as …

Astronomy

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Scientists map the Milky Way Galaxy in exceptional detail

There have been detailed maps of the Milky Way before, but none quite so ornate as this. Researchers in the HI4PI sky survey have created a fine-grained map of our home galaxy using its most common material: neutral atomic hydrogen. Such studies have taken place before, as you might guess. However, …

Universe

No, The Universe Is Not Expanding at an Accelerated Rate, Say Physicists

This could change everything.<p>Back in 2011, three astronomers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery that the Universe wasn't …

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say

Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens.<p>A new analysis of strange modulations in a …

Paranormal

Mysterious waves in the rings around Uranus could be caused by minuscule 'moonlets'

Unexplained waves in Uranus’ rings suggest there may be two tiny, unknown moonlets orbiting around the planet.<p>Though little is known about the …

What's Up with 'Niku'? Object's Weird Orbit Puzzles Scientists

A mysterious object in the outer reaches of the solar system is revolving around the sun in an abnormal way, and scientists currently cannot explain …

Here's What Scientists Think Is Inside the Exoplanet Proxima b

Proxima b is the closest exoplanet to Earth, and a world that could potentially sustain life. But what it looks like remains largely a mystery. Now, …

In the original 'Star Trek' pilot, it wasn't easy being green

In early 1965, Desilu Productions finished production on "The Cage," a pilot for a new science fiction series called <i>Star Trek</i>. It was unlike anything …

The Most Efficient Way to Destroy the Universe

Kurzgesagt shares a speculative bit of physics called vacuum decay that could very efficiently erase the entire Universe.<p>To understand vacuum decay, …