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Hear the sounds the sun makes. They're surprisingly soothing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Close your eyes and listen to this clip. It may sound like a Tibetan meditation bowl or a giant cosmic didgeridoo, but it's actually the sun! Kind of.<p>A group of very poetic scientists from NASA and the ESA (The European Space Agency) used data from NASA's Solar and Heliospehric Observatory …

Space Travel

New Photo Shows the Moon May Be Farther Away Than You Think

When it's looming over the horizon, the moon can seem enormous and close. But looks can be deceptive. In a 2011 video posted by Veritasium, an interviewer found that people's guesses were wildly off when they tried to estimate the relative distance of the moon from the Earth.<p>If the Earth were the …

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Here is one thing author Robert Wright and I agree on when it comes to Buddhist meditation: It's really, really boring.<p>At least, it's boring in the beginning. But there is another thing we agree on, too. That <i>initial</i> meditative boredom is actually a door. It's an opening that can lead us to …

Meditation

The ultimate ranking of the best ‘Star Trek’ captains

By Frank Ahrens<p>After a 12-year television drought, “Star Trek” fans welcome a new series, “Discovery,” which premieres on CBS Sunday night. So as a new crew goes boldly, we examine the canon to rank “Star Trek’s” best captains.<p>The franchise launched with the original series, “Star Trek” …

Cassini spacecraft ends 13-year odyssey with fiery plunge into Saturn

(Reuters) - The U.S. space agency NASA received a final signal from its Cassini spacecraft on Friday as it ended a groundbreaking, 13-year Saturn mission with a meteor-like plunge into the ringed planet's atmosphere.<p>Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, entered the gaseous giant's crushing …

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

NASA Will Be Streaming Video During Cassini's Death Plunge - Here's How to Watch

Not long to go.<p>If you could magically teleport across the solar system, Saturn would be a great place to swing by on Friday morning.<p>Hovering above …

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on its death dive, and you can track it live

It’s been NASA’s plan for months, but now that it’s here it’s an incredibly bittersweet moment: Cassini, the spacecraft which has sent back some …

Before Its Death, Cassini Has Sent Us The Closest-Ever View of Saturn's Rings

These pictures are incredible.<p>In the months leading up to its final flight on 15 September, Cassini has been working like mad. Since April, it has …

The Sun Just Fired Off A Massive Flare, And It’s Headed Toward Earth Right Now

“Strong geomagnetic storm watch” is in effect.<p>It’s one of the biggest solar flares in years, and it’s coming this way.<p>NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images on Wednesday of the most powerful flare recorded since at least 2008, when the current solar cycle began.<p>The space agency said …

Astronomy

Video brilliantly explains why ‘The Simpsons’ isn’t funny anymore

Back in the day, I used to fancy myself something of a <i>Simpsons</i> snob. Sure, lots of people loved and continue to love the show, but I was downright …

What a Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like in 4K, Close-Up, and Real-Time

During the Great American Eclipse, photographer JunHo Oh captured this incredible close-up 4K footage of totality in real time. You can see a great …

Solar Eclipse

Cassini's 'Inside Out' Movie From Within Saturn's Rings Will Make You Emotional

On September 15th, Cassini’s 20-year-long exploration of the Saturnian system will finally—regrettably—come to an end. But even in its final act, the …

Watch the Moon's Shadow Sweep Across the Teton Valley in This 360° Video

Some people spent years preparing to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in the United States.<p>Westport, Conn., photographer, artist and filmmaker Stephen …

Voyager 2's 11 billion-mile journey at a human scale

The spacecraft is really, really far from Earth.<p>August 20, 2017, marked 40 years since the launch of Voyager 2. Along with Voyager 1, NASA sent the spacecraft to collect data about giant planets in our outer solar system. Voyager 2 was the first spacecraft to observe Uranus and Neptune and it …

New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target Just Got Weirder!

Since it made its historic flyby of Pluto in July of 2015, the <i>New Horizons</i> mission has been venturing farther into the outer Solar System. With the …

Solar System

See How the Solar Eclipse Will Look From Anywhere in the U.S.

The 2017 total solar eclipse is fast approaching, and hordes of sky gazers are scrambling to find a spot where they can see the shadow of the moon …

Solar Eclipse

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Watches a Sunspot

On July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view on …

After 40 years, Voyager still reaching for stars

“Few missions can ever match the achievements of the Voyager spacecraft during their four decades of exploration.”<p>Via NASA<p>Humanity’s farthest and …

Cassini spots 'ghostly curtains of light' near Saturn's south pole

The Cassini spacecraft at Saturn recently observed a light show on the planet's southern hemisphere: auroras, glittering in the gaseous atmosphere.<p>Similar to auroras on Earth, Saturn's auroras are formed by charged particles raining down on the planet, colliding with the atmosphere and creating …

Oregon’s prime solar eclipse zone braces for the agony and the ecstasy of totality

MADRAS, Ore. – If there’s one thing central Oregon has in abundance, it’s open space. And that’s a good thing for the total solar eclipse that’s due …

5 Times The Simpsons Predicted the Future

From President Trump to FaceTime.<p>For a time, <i>The Simpsons</i> was as close to TV perfection as you could get. A razor sharp satirical sense combined with some of the best writing in TV history gave the show a pre-eminent aura that no series has yet managed to duplicate. So sharp was the writers' …

Why Is the Great Red Spot Dying?

Jupiter’s ancient storm "may become the Great Red Memory."<p>The Great Red Spot is shrinking.<p>There is no question that the solar system’s most famous …

Four Emerging Misconceptions On Social Media About The Upcoming Great American Eclipse

A rare total solar eclipse will happen in the United States on August 21st, 2017. It will be a spectacle to see and the word is getting out to the public. Inevitably with science, misconceptions and inaccurate statements are emerging on social media. As a climate scientist, I am used to the public …

Can you find the Mars rover in this incredible orbiter photo?

Do you see NASA's Mars Curiosity rover in this photo? Here's a hint: it's the tiny bluish spot in the middle. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) pulled off an eagle-eyed feat when it snapped this image on June 5. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shared the photo today.<p>The MRO spotted the …

The Greatest Solar Eclipse in a Century is Coming to the US in August

Whether or not you fancy yourself an astronomy nerd, a truly incredible event will sweep the United States this August. Americans will witness the …

Incredible image shows International Space Station passing in front of the sun

This incredible composite image, showing the International Space Station's transit past the sun, was taken at Csakanyhaza in Slovakia, close to the Hungarian border and around 150km north-east of Budapest.<p>The ISS took one second to pass across the sun - and the picture above is made from 11 …

Gaze Upon Jupiter’s Enormity in This Amazing Fly-By Video

Jupiter is immense. The fifth planet from the sun has a diameter of 89,000 miles, and could easily envelop every other planet (and Pluto). The gas …