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Life at Alpha Centauri? Maybe, NASA says

Could life exist on planets in the star system closest to ours, Alpha Centauri? Dangerous X-ray radiation makes it unlikely for the single exoplanet …

Astronomy

Core Set 2019 Packaging, Promos, and More

Welcome to <i>Core Set 2019</i> previews! Well, sort of. Read more

Magic: The Gathering

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new …

Methane

Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient 'Building Blocks for Life' on Mars

If you're holding out hope that Mars may have once been an inhabited world, two new studies should put a little spring in your step.<p>NASA's Mars rover …

Research

Methane ice dunes found on Pluto by Nasa spacecraft

<b>Scientists say they have found evidence of dunes of frozen methane on Pluto.</b><p>The research, which is published in the journal Science, suggests that the distant world is more dynamic than previously thought.<p>Pluto's atmosphere was believed to be too thin to create the features familiar in deserts on …

Solar System

All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years

Bill Gates has become a powerful influence on publishing. An endorsement from the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder can cause tangible sales spikes, reminiscent of the golden ticket that once came with being picked for Oprah’s book club.<p>So just what does Gates read? Quartz manually compiled …

Books

NASA's planet-hunting TESS spacecraft snaps its first photo

TESS, NASA's new exoplanet-hunting spacecraft, has captured its first image ever, giving us a glimpse of what its powerful "eyes" can see. The spacecraft's science team used one of its four cameras to snap a two-second test exposure as part of their preparations now that TESS is only a month away …

A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. …

Space Rock Discovery Boosts Evidence for Planet Nine

I’m sorry, but Pluto sucks and I’m glad it’s not a planet anymore. It’s smaller than our Moon, and it’s about the same size as several other distant, …

Tesla's data confirms Model S that crashed into fire truck had Autopilot engaged

Tesla has confirmed that the Model S which crashed into a fire department vehicle in Utah on Friday had Autopilot engaged at the time of the collision, according to a report from the South Jordan Police Department.<p>The South Jordan Police Department released the report, which provides new details …

Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman Laughs at "Wakanda Forever" Memes

<i>Black Panther</i> is such a popular movie that wherever <b>Chadwick Boseman</b> goes, fans will ask him to do the "Wakanda Forever" salute. As he revealed on …

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About Our Universe Has Just Been Published, And It Will Melt Your Brain

His final word on whether multiverses exist.<p>Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking left us one last shimmering piece of brilliance before he died: …

ESA releases the most detailed star map yet

The European Space Agency has updated Gaia's 3D star map, making it much richer and more likely to make you feel like a tiny speck of dust in an incredibly vast universe. This updated map includes stellar objects up to 8,000 light-years away, whereas the first one only covered an area within 500 …

Scientists discover 14 galaxies about to collide with each other

WASHINGTON – Astronomers have detected the early stages of a colossal cosmic collision, observing a pile-up of 14 galaxies 90 percent of the way …

NASA's planet-hunting satellite TESS launches

<b>(CNN) —</b> TESS, NASA's planet-hunting satellite, launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:51 p.m. ET Wednesday. It had a 30-second launch window. The launch was originally scheduled for Monday, but rescheduled to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control …

Astronomy

Scientists think these meteorite diamonds formed on a long-lost planet

Scientists studying a meteorite fragment that fell to Earth in 2008 have found evidence that suggests it may have originated from a Mercury-sized planet that no longer exists. The makeup of a meteorite -- the elements it contains, what ratios they're in -- can usually point us to where it came …

Astronomers find 72 bright and fast explosions

There and gone in a cosmological flash. Astronomers report on 72 bright, quick events found in a recent survey. They’re like supernovae, but flash …

This 9-Gigapixel Image—With 84 MILLION Stars—Of The Milky Way Will Give You Goosebumps

Have you ever seen a 9-gigapixel map of the Milky Way Galaxy? The jaw-dropping image contains around 84 million stars and it’s unlike anything I’ve …

Something is flashing brightly in deep space and scientists have no idea why

Scientists searching the sky for supernova explosions recently got something they truly didn’t expect. Hoping to observe the long, sustained pulses …

What If a Star Passes Through the Solar System?

We like to think of our Solar System as a stable, mostly quiet place. Sure, we'll find that the planets and other bodies in their orbits will kick …

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster

Air-breathing ion thruster<p>5 March 2018<p>In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from …

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just a week and a half before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, was coauthor to a mathematical paper that seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits …

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show <i>Star Talk</i> is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. <i>The</i> big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing …

SpaceX's Biggest Rival Is Working on Its Own Reusable Rocket, And It Sounds Amazing

Meet the Vulcan.<p>SpaceX turned heads around the world on February 6 with the first-ever launch of Falcon Heavy.<p>The 230-foot-tall (70 metres tall) …

Space Travel

There’s bad news for this nearby exoplanet we hoped was habitable

Bad news if you were thinking of relocating to Proxima Centauri b, the exoplanet closest to our solar system and once believed to be a decent …

Universe

The world's luckiest photographer may have proved astrophysicists right

On a September night in Argentina, amateur astronomer Victor Buso took his camera outside, mounted it on a 16-inch telescope and trained it on a spiral galaxy some 80 million light-years from Earth. Buso was just trying to test out his new camera. He didn't expect to win the cosmic lottery — or to …

New, 'Exotic State of Matter' Found Far Below Freezing

By creating atoms within atoms, the new research marks an exciting time in quantum physics.<p>Crucial to the properties of matter, atoms are widely known as the building blocks of the universe. Harking back to your grade school science classes, you might remember atoms are made up of positively …

Universe

You Need These Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes in Your Life

When you combine certain foods together they become extra special, like taco pizza or spaghetti and chili (which is still debatable if you're not …

Water on The Moon Has a Surprising Quality, According to This New Study

And there's so much of it!<p>Recently, scientists discovered that there is an enormous quantity of water on the Moon, hiding beneath the surface.<p>Since …

Astronomy