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A star is hurtling towards our solar system and could knock millions of asteroids straight towards Earth

The star is currently hurtling through space at about 32,000 mph, and is around 64 lightyears away. (One lightyear is around 5,878,000,000,000 miles.)<p>Gliese 710 is about half the size of our sun, and it is set to reach Earth in 1.35 million years, according to a paper published in the journal …

Universe

Strange star has E.T. seekers looking closely for signs of life

Berkeley astronomers on a new hunt for E.T. are aiming one of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes at the most bizarre star ever detected.<p>They …

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Stop stressing and stare at the closest supermoon we've seen in 69 years

Nice.<p>This Monday, the early morning night sky will be treated to an extra special supermoon. You may be asking yourself "what’s the point?"; It feels like there’s a new supermoon every other month, and there are other bigger things to worry about right now. Well, here’s the deal: it’s going to be …

Supermoon

Universe has 2 trillion galaxies, astronomers say

There are a dizzying 2 trillion galaxies in the universe, up to 20 times more than previously thought, astronomers reported on Thursday. The surprising finding, based on 3D modeling of images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, was published in the Astronomical Journal.<p>Scientists …

Universe

To explore deep space, an astronaut says we need to build a rocket factory on the moon

Strong gravity and a thick atmosphere allow us to live here on Earth, but also what make it so difficult to leave the planet.<p>Rockets have to exceed at least 25,000 mph to escape Earth's gravity. That means spacecraft may end up using a substantial portion of their fuel before they even start …

Space Exploration

How We Can Finally Get to Mars

America is taking its sweet time about getting to Mars. In 1969, shortly after the Apollo 11 moon landing, the prediction was that we’d have boots on …

Space Science

Ten Ways 'Proxima b' Is Different From Earth

At the end of August, a scientific team from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of Proxima b, the first exoplanet ever discovered around Proxima Centauri, the closest star in the Universe to our Sun. Discovered by the radial velocity method, where we can detect the tiny …

Science

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Stop describing a planet as 'Earth-like' unless it really is

The discovery of a new, possibly habitable alien planet is always met by media coverage marked by sweeping pronouncements about our place in the …

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Hubble sets 'new cosmic distance record'

<b>The Hubble Space Telescope has spied the most distant galaxy yet.</b><p>It is so far away that the light from this extremely faint collection of stars, catalogued as GN-z11, has taken some 13.4 billion years to reach us.<p>Or to put that another way - Hubble sees the galaxy as it was just 400 million years …

Universe

Astronomers think this could be the key to finding alien life

Astronomers presumed that many of the other stars in the night sky had planets too, but this was sheer speculation.<p>We could never know for sure, the thinking went, because such planets were ridiculously small and faint. To ever see or study them seemed a complete impossibility.<p>"Extrasolar planets," …

Astronomy

Exoplanet census suggests Earth really is special

There are an estimated 700 million trillion terrestrial planets in the observable universe. Among them, Earth may very well be one of a kind according to a new study from Uppsala University in Sweden. Astronomer Erik Zackrisson and his team have been running computer simulations to model all of the …

Gravitiational Waves Give Us A New Way To Look At The Universe

Imagine that instead of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, all you had ever seen was clouds. Not the puffy white ones silhouetted against a blue sky, but the thick gray, expansive stratus clouds that are the hallmarks of a dreary winter. But unlike the winter clouds that last for weeks or …

Hundreds of galaxies discovered hidden behind Milky Way (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Scientists have finally mapped the final frontier, and it turns out that one of the most secretive areas of space is just beyond our own backyard – …

China Just Released True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

This month, the China National Space Administration released all of the images from their recent moon landing to the public. There are now hundreds and hundreds of never-before-seen true color, high definition photos of the lunar surface available for download.<p>The images were taken a few years ago …

Space Science

Remembering the Challenger Astronauts

When the Space Shuttle <i>Challenger</i> disintegrated 73 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986, there were seven astronauts on board whose lives were …

Largest ever solar system discovered: Planet 2MASS J2126-8140 orbits a star 1 trillion km away from it

The largest solar system ever recorded has been found, say astronomers. Scientists were studying a planet that they thought was just aimlessly …

Why Doesn't A Spacecraft Also Heat Up During Launch?

Could the heat that a spacecraft has to endure during re-entry also happen during launch?<p>In principle, it’s the same atmosphere, and if the conditions were the same between launch and landing, you’d certainly expect there to be the same heating on the spacecraft in both cases. However, there are a …

Space Exploration

Mars Needs Colonists Who Eat Meat And Sleep Late

Just waking up now? You could qualify<p>If you're a die-hard morning person, don't start packing your bags for Mars just yet. A recent study suggests that people who prefer to sleep in and stay up late may be better suited for Mars.<p>Our bodies have internal clocks that tell us how long a day is, and …

Space

5 Things To Know About The Search For Dark Matter

We know dark matter exists, but now comes the hard part: figuring out what exactly it is<p>It makes up a quarter of the universe. Without it, galaxies would fall apart, and stars would spin off into space. Dark matter is five times more abundant than normal matter (the stuff that makes up trees and …

Dark Matter

Hold Onto Your Astro-Butts, 2016 Will Be a Big Year for Space

2016 has some exceptionally large spaceboots to fill.<p>When it comes to daring space adventures, 2015 will be a tough act to follow. As noted in our recap of the year's biggest space stories, the past 12 months have been a riveting joyride complete with spacecraft redemption, juicy rivalries, and …

Space

The Closest Star System To Ours Doesn't Have Any Planets (Yet), After All

If you had looked to the skies just 25 years ago, you’d only be able to wonder about planets around other stars. “They must be there,” you’d reason, “since there’s no way our Solar System is unique in all the galaxy.” But where’s the proof? As the case always is in science, it’s in the data you …

Universe

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

Paranormal

Polls: Americans believe in evolution, less in creationism.

Few issues have divided the American public as bitterly as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Since <i>On the Origin of …

Religion