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Alien star streaked through our solar system and jostled its contents, scientists say

Some 70,000 years ago, when humans and Neanderthals shared the planet, an alien star streaked through the outer edges of our solar system and jostled …

Astronomy

Tipster’s Warning to F.B.I. on Florida Shooting Suspect: ‘I Know He’s Going to Explode’

The warnings that law enforcement officials received about Nikolas Cruz were anything but subtle.<p>“I know he’s going to explode,” a woman who knew Mr. Cruz said on the F.B.I.’s tip line on Jan. 5. Her big worry was that he might resort to slipping “into a school and just shooting the place up.” …

Crime

Amateur astronomer witnesses something scientists have been waiting decades for

Victor Buso is a locksmith. He spends his days fiddling with locks and keys, and in his spare time he stares into the heavens in the observatory he …

Universe

Scientists identify new kind of ice that requires extremely hot temperatures to form

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California have discovered a new form of ice that is thought to exist within the core of gas giant …

Chemistry

Trump budget to include $3 billion for border wall: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's budget proposal to be unveiled on Monday will include a request for $3 billion as a down payment on building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, a senior administration official said on Thursday.<p>The official, who briefed a small group of …

Immigration

Why our sun is growing dim

BY 2050, our Sun is expected to be unusually cool.<p>It’s what scientists have termed a ‘grand minimum’ — a particularly low point in what is otherwise …

Earth's Poles Will Eventually Flip, So What Then?

From animal migrations to human communications, a reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles could seriously mess with life as we know it.<p>Many facets of our lives depend on the Earth’s magnetic field, anchored by the North and South poles, from the electrical grid that powers our computers to the …

Earth Science

For the First Time, Planets Have Been Discovered in ANOTHER Galaxy!

The first confirmed discovery of a planet beyond our Solar System (aka. an Extrasolar Planet) was a groundbreaking event. And while the initial …

Newly discovered nearby planet could support life

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may want to get used to the name Ross 128 b. The newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest found to our solar system, only 11 light-years away. And it could support life.<p>Announcements about exoplanets, those found outside our solar system, seem almost commonplace in this golden …

Astronomers discover unusual spindle-like galaxies

Galaxies are majestic, rotating wheels of stars? Not in the case of the spindle-like galaxies studied by Athanasia Tsatsi (Max Planck Institute for …

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

Economic Justice

Zeroing In on How Supermassive Black Holes Formed

Supermassive black holes—objects containing hundreds of millions to billions of times the mass of a star—are one of the deepest mysteries of modern …

A new Phaidon photobook draws from the worlds of astronomy and art to create a complete, beautiful picture of how we see space and ourselves within it<p>Many poetic descriptions of the universe have found their way into print over the millennia that humankind has been fascinated with outer space. The …

Black Holes

New gravitational wave detector almost immediately spots black hole merger

We've now got three detectors working in parallel, increasing our resolution.<p>Today, a huge scientific team announced that humanity has added a third …

You Must See This Stunning Picture of New Stars Forming in Our Own Galaxy

Drop everything and LOOK AT THIS.<p>It's a panoramic, mind-blowing view of a molecular cloud complex littered with stardust, wisps of matter and general …

Ancient Nova Explosion Recovered by 580-year-old Korean Recording

Around 600 years ago a bright new star was spotted by a team of Korean astrologers that laid within the realms of the Scorpius constellation. The …

Universe

Protecting Earth from an asteroid strike - what can we do?

As a humble Earth-bound species, humanity has been lucky enough to avoid major asteroid collisions. As we take our first steps into space, scientists …

Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of Harvey's cascading effects

BEAUMONT, Tex. — The prolonged misery from Hurricane Harvey peaked here Friday in the southeast corner of the state, where a crippled municipal water system left residents lacking running water, unable to flush toilets, desperate for basic sanitation and fearful for their health.<p>Meanwhile, a …

Extreme Weather

NASA Just Released This Absolutely Breathtaking Image of The Solar Eclipse in Infrared

Our eyes only saw a fraction of the beauty.<p>While millions across the continental US turned their eclipse glasses to the sky to watch the Sun …

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

Astronomy

The Largest Space Telescope Ever Could Study an Earth-Like Exoplanet Next Door

Around this time last year, astronomers excitedly announced the discovery of a planet roughly the size of Earth that was found to be orbiting the …

NASA released this 5-year time-lapse of Mars from its Curiosity rover — and the footage looks amazing

On August 6, 2012, NASA landed its Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. In the last 5 years, Curiosity has captured our hearts with its selfies and first-hand accounts of Mars' Gale Crater.<p>To celebrate Curiosity's 5-year anniversary, NASA released amazing time-lapse footage that spans …

Hubble Telescope Detects Stratosphere on Huge Alien Planet

A huge, superhot alien planet has a stratrosphere, like Earth does, a new study suggests.<p>"This result is exciting because it shows that a common …

These are the stunning shortlisted images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, organized the ninth annual contest for the …

We May Have Just Found the First Moon Outside Our Solar System

Our First Exomoon?<p>A signal has been detected by the Kepler Space Telescope that may well be the first moon we have ever discovered outside of our …

Half of your body may have formed from a galaxy far, far away

"We are all made of stars" used to sing Moby in 2002 and though science has known it for a while, a new study went as far as to claim half of the …

Catch a Speeding Star: High-Velocity Milky Way Objects Tracked (Animation)

A new animated video from the European Space Agency shows how the stars in Earth's galaxy have moved over the last million plus years — and tracks …

A Huge Asteroid Hitting Mars 4 Billion Years Ago May Have Shaped the Red Planet

The peculiar geological features on Mars have long puzzled astronomers and planetary scientists. The north of the planet is mostly smooth lowlands …