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Go on a tour of the moon with these 4K images

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been circling the moon for 9 years, taking high resolution images that NASA has used for research (and …

This Ice Is Nearly As Hot As the Sun. Scientists Have Now Made It on Earth

It's both solid and liquid, it's 60 times denser than ordinary water ice, and it forms at temperatures almost as hot as the sun's surface.<p>It's …

Astronomy

Peering at Uranus's rings as they swing edge-on to Earth for the first time since their discovery in 1977

The rings of Uranus are shown here captured almost exactly edge-on to Earth. This false-colour image was obtained by the NAOS-CONICA infrared camera …

Astronomy

How to See the 2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower

One of the oldest annual showers on record, the Lyrids will put on an good show this year thanks to dark, moonless skies during the peak.<p>Sky-watchers will get a chance to witness one of the oldest known annual meteor showers this weekend—and conditions promise to be ideal for viewing the shooting …

Meteor Showers

Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honor of its 28th anniversary and presumably …

Universe

Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought

STANFORD, Calif. — Venus shouldn't be dismissed as a possible abode for life, some scientists stress.<p>Sure, the planet's surface is famously …

Astronomy

The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System

An unusual discovery in the 1990s paved the way for space telescopes to spot thousands of exoplanets.<p><i>Updated on April 16 at 4:19 p.m. ET</i><p>For millennia, the only planets we knew of were the ones in our own solar system. That changed in October 1995, when a pair of Swiss astrophysicists discovered a …

Universe

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

Quantum Mechanics

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Proxima Centauri Released Flare Visible to the Eye

Since its discovery was announced in August of 2016, Proxima b has been an endless source of wonder and the target of many scientific studies. In …

Proxima Centauri

NASA’s newest spacecraft will scour the galaxy for undiscovered planets

The TESS mission is slated to launch on Monday<p>Next week, NASA is launching its new exoplanet hunter: a satellite that will stare out at the cosmos searching for never-before-seen worlds. Dubbed TESS, the spacecraft is tasked with looking for planets circling around stars outside of our Solar System …

Universe

Jupiter's giant cyclones are revealed by stunning Nasa imagery

Giant cyclones swirling over the north pole of Jupiter are revealed in new imagery released by Nasa. Using data gathered by the Juno mission's Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument, Nasa has created a 3D infrared animation which shows a vast central cyclone over the pole, surrounded by …

Astronomy

Stephen Hawking Submitted His Final, Game-Changing Paper on Alternate Universes 2 Weeks Before He Died

Yeah, we're talking discoveries of parallel universes and permanent darkness and stuff.<p>The world mourned upon news famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 last week. He left us with more of his mind-blowingly brilliant work, though, it turns out. Business Insider UK …

Physics

The First Black Hole Close-Up

An Earth-sized telescope will capture the unseeable.

Black Holes

Dwarf planet Ceres has a water cycle but it’s not like Earth’s

The dwarf planet Ceres, once thought to be a dead and static rock, may have water cycles. Observations from the Dawn spacecraft have shown a crater …

Venus may once have been habitable. Now it can tell us if other worlds might be as well.

It’s time to return to our hellish neighbor.<p>In his 1954 novel <i>Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus</i>, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov imagined seas filled with life and underwater cities on our neighboring planet. It wasn’t long, however, before we discovered what really lurks beneath Venus’s thick …

A stunning discovery about the start of the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> For millennia, humans have sat under a clear midnight sky and marveled at the spectacle emblazoned across the heavens. The stars seem eternal, as if they have always been there. But there's just one problem.<p>It isn't so.<p>The universe was once entirely dark, with nary a light anywhere …

Universe

Giant, waterlogged "hot Saturn" hints at breadth of exoplanet diversity

Water is not only a key ingredient in supporting life, it's also a major clue as to how planets form, and NASA has found a lot of the stuff in the …

We may have already found signs of alien microbes on Enceladus

Microbes that produce methane may already be living on Enceladus, a moon of Saturn which is tipped to host life because it boasts a liquid water …

Pluto May Have a Gooey Carbon Layer Beneath Its Crust

An asphalt-like layer may be baking beneath Pluto's crust. Researchers are considering the possibility that the most famous dwarf planet may contain …

Nasa says Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is dying and the Solar System will never be the same again

It’s the most famous storm in the Solar System.<p>But Nasa fears Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will disappear within 20 years.<p>When the Voyager probe zoomed …

Ceres

Introduction<p>Dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the only dwarf planet located in the inner …

Astronomy

Does Titan's hydrocarbon soup hold a recipe for life?

NASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan's atmosphere of vinyl cyanide, which is an organic compound that could potentially provide the …

Astronomy

Photos from the Curiosity rover’s 2000 days on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been on Mars for more than 2000 days now, and it has sent back over 460,000 images of the planet. Looking at them, it …

Mars Rover

A spacecraft is using the Martian atmosphere to get closer to the planet

The ExoMars orbiter is going strong, and slowing down.<p>Whether screeching to a halt or gently lowering your speed, slowing down can be hard on Earth. But when braking in a vacuum you need to get creative. That’s why spacecraft like NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the European Space Agency’s …

Astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using …

Universe

Nearby Trappist-1 Solar System Has Two Planets That Appear Warm and Friendly to Life

Scientists only announced less than a year ago that they had spotted seven small planets huddled around a star called TRAPPIST-1. Now new research …

Huge ice sheets on Mars could allow humans to live on the Red Planet, Nasa spacecraft shows

Scientists have found what they say are huge ice sheets stretching across Mars, a development that could be a “game-changer” in our mission to live …

Paranormal

There Might Be A Universe Inside Every Black Hole

<i>Love Curiosity? Subscribe to our email to get our stories delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.</i><p>Most experts agree that the universe started as …

Black Holes

NASA's Latest Photos of Jupiter Look Like Watercolor Paintings

<i>Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran</i>For about a year-and-a-half now, NASA's Juno probe has been orbiting Jupiter at …

Astronomy