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If the Sun Is 93 Million Miles Away, Why Can't We Look Directly at It?

During next month's Great American Total Solar Eclipse, you may be tempted to take in the historic event by gazing directly at the sun, but you …

Nasa to send asteroid away from Earth by firing a bullet at it in attempt to save the Earth from future strikes

Nasa is going to fire a bullet at an asteroid in an attempt to save the Earth.<p>The agency has laid out the plans for its DART mission – where it will …

Sorry Veep, America already leads the world in space by a large margin

Trump administration has a golden opportunity to extend US leadership.<p>If President Donald Trump has had one consistent message about space …

Why Does Mike Pence Keep Using a Weird Phrase to Describe Space Launches?

"Like Earth... giving birth"<p>Vice President Mike Pence sure loves space, but the way he describes it is baffling. The new head of the National Space …

Donald Trump

100 Billion Failed Stars May Be Hiding in the Milky Way

Brown dwarfs, or failed stars that resemble rogue planets, are far more abundant than astronomers previously thought. A whopping 100 billion of the …

Universe

Mike Pence Touches NASA Equipment Labeled 'Do Not Touch', Becomes Instant Meme

Vice President Mike Pence made a big mistake during his tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center yesterday. He touched a piece of critical space flight …

Mike Pence

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is out-launching its biggest competitors for the first time ever

This is what it looks like when a start-up disrupts an existing industry.<p>With its successful launch of a communications satellite last night, SpaceX has flown ten rockets this year. Elon Musk’s rocket company has now beat its own annual record, and the firm is on pace to out-launch its key rivals …

Space Travel

Is It Possible To Pull Something Out Of A Black Hole?

Once something falls into a black hole, it can never get out. No matter how much energy you have, you can never move faster than the speed of light, and yet you’d need to in order to exit of the event horizon once you’ve crossed inside. But what if you tried to cheat that little rule by tethering a …

Black Holes

Alien Life on Oily Exoplanets Could Have Ether-based 'DNA'

In the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have justifiably focused on water because all biology as we know it requires this fluid.<p>A wild card, …

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

At 3:30 PM EST, the little space probe that could completed its final mission. But do not weep because MESSENGER died as it lived—bringing us a …

New 'Super Earth' Exoplanets Spotted Around Nearby Star

Astronomers have discovered two new alien worlds a bit larger than Earth circling a nearby star.<p>The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD …

Glossary of Astronomy Terms - Astronomy Reference Guide on Sea and Sky

Skip to section: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z<p>Absolute Magnitude<br>A scale for measuring the actual brightness of a celestial …

Signed Up to Go to Mars? Better Think Again, While You Have the Chance

We understand the drive and the passion to explore the new and unknown frontiers of space, but when it comes to the loss of cognitive function or …

Week in Geek: MESSENGER end of message edition

This past Thursday, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft completed it mission at Mercury and …

GOP Attacks Earth Science At NASA, Climate Change Research In Peril

The GOP made an attack on NASA’s climate change research on Thursday, voting for a $300 million to $500 million cut to the agency’s Earth science …

The Partnership - ch9-3

[<b>251</b>] In the dozen years that had followed Yuri Gagarin's flight, the astronauts and cosmonauts had met a number of times. But these first meetings …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Robert Frost's answer to What are the most awe-inspiring space pictures, and why?

This picture, by Thierry Legault shows the ISS and the Space Shuttle Discovery, shortly before docking. Mr. Legault took the picture, with a …

SpaceX’s Merlin 1D: Built to enable human space exploration

SpaceX's Merlin 1D rocket engine has achieved an impressive track record in a very short amount of time. The engine was designed from the outset to …

The Private Space Race Is Heating Up

Several different companies are working on different types of spacecraft that can take anyone into space (as long as you can afford the ticket price.)

Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to …