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Image - A "Rose" Made of Galaxies Highlights Hubble's 21st Anniversary

About this image<p>In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope …

Cosmology

The Curiosity Rover took this selfie in the middle of a dust storm on Mars

Last time I took a selfie in the middle of a storm I looked terrible.<p>But then again, I'm no NASA Curiosity Rover.<p>This image, shared by Seán Doran on Sunday, shows the Curiosity Rover in the middle of a Martian dust storm. Much like most of the photography shared by the rover, it looks …

Dust Storms

Stellar fireworks: Mesmerizing nebulae from our galaxy and beyond

Originally, the term "nebula" referred to any murky, diffuse celestial object, up to and including galaxies like Andromeda. But as our technology …

Cosmology

The Surprising Reason Why Neutron Stars Don't All Collapse To Form Black Holes

There are few things in the Universe that are as easy to form, in theory, as black holes are. Bring enough mass into a compact volume and it gets more and more difficult to gravitationally escape from it. If you were to gather enough matter in a single spot and let gravitation do its thing, you’d …

Physics

The Universe Is Not a Simulation, but We Can Now Simulate It

Computer simulations have become so accurate that cosmologists can now use them to study dark matter, supermassive black holes and other mysteries of …

Universe

The material around SN 1987A (artist’s impression)

This artist’s impression of the material around a recently exploded star, known as Supernova 1987A (or SN 1987A), is based on observations which have …

Universe

How the belief in beauty has triggered a crisis in physics

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Anil Ananthaswamy parses Sabine Hossenfelder’s analysis of why the field is at an impasse.<p>Anil Ananthaswamy<p>Anil Ananthaswamy’s next …

Physics

Image - Hubble Captures Gallery of Ultra-Bright Galaxies

Hubble Captures Gallery of Ultra-Bright Galaxies<p>Download Options<p>×<p>Fast Facts<p>About the …

Cosmology

Virtual reality flight through the Orion Nebula

This virtual reality visualisation takes the viewer on a breathtaking flight through the Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region. The video has …

Virtual Reality

Image - Jupiter

About this image<p>This is the first true-color photograph of the giant planet Jupiter from the Wide Field Planetary Camera on NASA's Hubble Space …

Astronomy

Ask Ethan: If Mass Curves Spacetime, How Does It Un-Curve Again?

Matter tells space how to curve, and curved space tells matter how to move. That’s the basic principle behind Einstein’s General Relativity, which linked, for the first time, the phenomenon of gravity with that of spacetime and relativity. Place a mass down anywhere in the Universe, and the space …

Physics

X-rays, dark matter and galaxies in the cluster Abell 2744

This image combines visible light exposures of galaxy cluster Abell 2744 taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern …

Cosmology

The LHC Has Detected The Higgs Boson Again, This Time With a Massive Twist

Whoa.<p>Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have made a major new detection of the famous Higgs boson, this time catching details on a rare …

Physics

A fresh approach to stellar benchmarking

NEWS AND VIEWS<p>An avalanche of data is about to revolutionize astronomy, but the options for validating those data have been limited. High-precision …

Google Scholar

Hubble spots a green cosmic arc

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a cluster of hundreds of galaxies located about 7.5 billion light-years from Earth. The brightest …

Cosmology

4 Common Myths About Ticks Debunked

When it comes to ticks, old wives’ tales are in great supply. Take, for instance, the one about burning an embedded tick with a lit match or the one …

Disease

Environmental noise paradoxically preserves the coherence of a quantum system

Quantum computers promise to advance certain areas of complex computing. One of the roadblocks to their development, however, is the fact that …

Quantum Physics

This Is the Sharpest Image Ever of the Breathtaking Tarantula Nebula

The European Southern Observatory has captured the sharpest image ever of a spectacular nearby nebula, using an incredibly powerful telescope. The …

Cosmology

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

The Pressure Inside Every Proton is 10x That Inside Neutron Stars

Neutron stars are famous for combining a very high-density with a very small radius. As the remnants of massive stars that have undergone …

The first photo from NASA's planet-hunting TESS satellite is full of so many stars

A new NASA telescope, sailing toward its assigned orbit, took a moment to look around before it starts its ultimate mission: searching the galaxy for …

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

First Image from MarCO-B<p>NASA's Voyager 1 took a classic portrait of Earth from several billion miles away in 1990. Now a class of tiny, boxy …

Seeing double

Approximately 95 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Octans (The Octant), lies NGC 7098 — an intriguing spiral galaxy with …

Physicists Want to Rebuild Quantum Theory From Scratch

Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means. An informal poll taken at …

2018 May 11 - NGC 1360: The Robin's Egg Nebula

<b>NGC 1360: The Robin's Egg Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Josep Drudis, Don Goldman<p><b>Explanation:</b> This pretty cosmic cloud lies some 1,500 light-years …

Gamers And Physicists Disprove Einstein’s ‘Spooky Action’ Theory In Large-Scale Experiment

The study involved researchers from five continents, more than 100,000 gamers, and 97 million units of random computer data.<p>Decades ago, Albert …

An army of gamers just put a dent in Einstein's 'spooky' paradox

The experiment, played online around the world, appears to confirm that linked particles communicate faster than the speed of light.<p>I hope you're …

The answer to life, the universe and everything might be 73. Or 67

A crisis of cosmic proportions is brewing: the universe is expanding 9% faster than it ought to be and scientists are not sure why.<p>The latest, most precise, estimate of the universe’s current rate of expansion - a value known as the Hubble constant - comes from observations by the European Space …

Universe

What Is Spacetime?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?<p>George …

Quantum Mechanics