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What is a Type II Supernova?

Supernova, something that we’ve all heard about at one time or another, are simply amazing celestial events. The type that we’re going to be looking …

Supernovas help 'clean' galaxies

Supernovas just might be the maid service of the universe.

Galaxies

The Crab Nebula As Seen By Herschel And Hubble

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space …

2016 March 23 - The Great Nebula in Carina

<b>The Great Nebula in Carina</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Damian Peach/SEN<p><b>Explanation:</b> In one of the brightest parts of Milky Way lies a nebula where some …

Cosmology

Twin comets to pass Earth

This Monday and Tuesday, two smaller sized comets will come very close to earth. The two rocks probably have a common descendant - a larger comet …

Earth is about to experience its closest comet since 1983

And the larger, but more distant, of the two is becoming so bright, scientists believe that at its closest point, it might be visible in the night sky with the naked eye.<p>The smaller comet, Comet P/2016 BA14, won't be quite so obvious, but it'll pass by us at a distance of just 3.5 million km (2.2 …

Did Mars' Methane Come from Comets?

A correlation is found between when methane plumes appear on Mars and when the planet passes through remnants of a comet.

Comets

Is There Really A 9th Planet?

Is there really a 9th planet?<p>The idea of a 9th large planet possibly existing on the outskirts of our solar system made quite the splash in the media when it was re-suggested earlier this year, but I have to emphasize that it hasn’t been directly detected – <i>yet</i>, in any case.<p>In late January, …

Astronomy

Moons of Saturn may be younger than the dinosaurs

New research suggests that some of Saturn's icy moons, as well as its famous rings, might be modern adornments. Their dramatic birth may have taken …

Astronomy

Why Does Earth Appear Blue From Space?

Mars is the red planet; the Moon is an ashy grey; Saturn shines yellow and the Sun is a brilliant, blinding white. But our planet, when seen from the depths of space, whether we rise up above our world only slightly, in low-Earth orbit, or whether we travel to the outer reaches of our Solar System, …

Astronomy

Why Do Planet And Stars Come In Different Sizes?

The evolution of celestial bodies takes a very long time, so our understanding of how planets and stars form is still incomplete. Now a new approach …

7 of Scott Kelly’s awe-inspiring photos of our planet

While living in space for almost a year has its challenges, one of the best things is the view.<p>On Tuesday, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from …

We Finally Know Why Mercury Is So Dark

Something about the planet Mercury doesn’t sit right with astronomers: It’s too dark. Darker than the Moon, despite containing way less iron. But at …

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Captures Frozen Canyons Of Pluto's North Pole

Pluto's mysterious plains have been put under the spotlight again as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured another stunning image of the dwarf …

New Horizons reveals methane snow-capped mountains on Pluto

Pluto may be well and truly in New Horizons' rearview mirror, but data collected by the probe is still uncovering intriguing new details about the …

Pluto's Color Variations Finally Make Sense: Explained By Methane Ice In The Sunlight

When viewed in enhanced color, the icy, outer world of Pluto looks very different from its more uniform, subdued hues.<p>In natural color, Pluto is reddish while Charon is a dull grey.<p>But the enhancements shows the presence of reddening in various regions all across the planet.<p>The hilly plains in …

Solar System

NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300 trillion suns

Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 <i>trillion</i> suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new classification for it and the 19 other similar …

NASA to simulate growing potatoes on Mars in Peru

Potato is a kind of staple in many countries. [Photo/IC] Do Peru's potatoes have the right stuff?That's the question scientists will be asking in …

Mars

Will NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launch in 2018?

The grounded Mars lander was supposed to have launched by now -- will it be re-scheduled for 2018? NASA is mulling it over.

Mars Mission

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope secondary mirror installed - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The sole secondary mirror that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was installed onto the telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight …

Here's what our sun will look like in 5 billion years

Take a peek into the way, way distant future courtesy of a Hubble Space Telescope image showing the last days of a dying star.<p>If you have a time machine, I can't recommend setting it for 5 billion years in the future. That's because the sun will be riding off into the sunset about that time, having …

Universe

The Most Powerful Space Telescope Ever

Inside a <b>​</b>nondescript building at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, NASA engineers are assembling the most powerful space telescope ever created. Once completed, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest space observatory in the known universe, <b>​</b>with<b>​</b> 100 times the …

NASA to repurpose spy telescope for sky survey satellite

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- NASA is using old spy telescope hardware to build and launch a satellite the agency says will be 100 times more powerful …

How Can You Tell If An Image Is A Galaxy Or A Nebula?

<i>Is a galaxy design really a nebula picture?</i><p>When we take a picture of an object out in space, exactly what you’re capturing with the camera depends pretty strongly on the type of camera you’re using, and if you’ve selected a specific wavelength of light that you’d like to capture. And while a nebula …

Cosmology

There's one crucial number that could ultimately determine whether humans have a chance to live on Mars

"From a science point of view, it's Mars and Mars alone," Chris McKay, who is a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, told Business Insider.<p>"It's our one chance to make another habitable environment."<p>Deep down, McKay is a self-proclaimed terraformer — someone who is actively searching …

VASIMR Magnetic Plasma Rocket Could Send Humans To Mars In Just 39 Days

As reported by HuffPost Science: A new type of rocket that could send humans to Mars in less than six weeks instead of six months or longer may be …

Did Life Begin On Mars?

In 1877, the Italian astronomer Giovani Schiaparelli conducted an exhaustive and detailed observation of the surface of Mars.<p>He described huge streaks across the surface, which he called <i>canali</i> or "channels." In English, the word was incorrectly translated as "canals," and compared to the …

Suez Canal

When black holes collide

The discovery of gravitational waves, announced on 11 February 2016 by scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory …