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Photographer Captures Grand Canyon Filling with Clouds

Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic captured a rare weather phenomenon this year when the Grand Canyon was filled with a stunning sea of clouds. Though it happened last year, as well, a total cloud inversion is still difficult to witness as it's only suppose to happen a few times in a decade.<p>“Given how …

NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.<p>"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California …

Astronauts Levitate Molten Orb Of Metal In Space

A ball of fire in the sky may answer a very terrestrial mystery<p>Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still. Aboard the International Space Station, scientists have an electromagnetic levitator that lets them …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Cosmic Web, Martian Vistas, and Earth From Above

A volcano awakens, scientists spin a massive cosmic web, and NASA's Mars rover continues to climb Mount Sharp.

How Supercomputing Is Cracking The Mysteries Of Human Origins

The power of petaflops penetrates the mists of time<p>A Texas supercomputer capable of 9.6 quadrillion operations per second has solved a thorny problem in genetics, by looking at the bones of a young boy who died 24,000 years ago in Mal’ta in south-central Siberia.<p>Existing genetic models have …

Watch a Black Hole Get Evicted From a Galaxy

A couple of years ago, astronomer Michael Koss was searching the heavens for active galactic nuclei (AGN). In plain English, those are giant black …

Universe

Philae lander enters deep sleep after sending last transmissions from comet surface

The Philae lander has gone into hibernation on the surface of a comet roughly 300 million miles from earth. After its bouncy (and unprecedented) landing earlier this week, the lander has run out of power, and signals from the unit have ceased.<p>But just before the last bits of Philae's power ran out, …

Mars hit by once-in-8-million years comet dust shower

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live.<p>New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of comet dust bombarded the Martian sky with thousands …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Rover Drills, Stars Collide, and a Rocket Launches

Curiosity drills Mars for rocky reassurance, some stars throw tantrums as they collide, and a rocket launches to study the sun.

Stunning Snapshot Shows Birth of Alien Solar System

A Chilean observatory catches a protoplanetary disk in action.<p>Talk about your ultimate baby picture! Astronomers have snapped the best image ever seen of the actual birth of new planets around a young, sunlike star.<p>The astonishingly detailed photo reveals the planet-forming dust disk around the …

Astronomers Caught This Amazing Stellar Pulse With The Hubble Telescope

That's exactly what a cosmic phenomenon, called a light echo, does.<p>This Hubble image to the right was taken in February, 2004 and is a consequence of the revealing power of the light echo.<p>This isn't just a pretty image, though. It's one of many that the Hubble has caught that actually teaches us …

Hubble Snaps Detailed Photos Of Dust And Debris Surrounding Stars

And you thought your home was dusty<p>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has just finished up a pretty extensive imaging survey of the debris surrounding distant stars – and the results look rather fantastic. The images above, snapped by the famous telescope, show various stars encircled by immense disks …

Interstellar Travel Won't Look Anything Like The Movie

The astronaut leading humankind's journey to the stars says if we want to get to another Earth, we'll have to expand our thinking.<p>Christopher Nolan's <i>Interstellar</i> imagines a human journey to planets beyond our star. That trip would of course be impossible in today's terms. But there's good news for …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Hercules Poses, California Gleams, and a Pulsar Puzzles

Purple robes swath a galaxy, shepherds dance above Saturn's rings, and fishing fleets outshine cities in this week's best space pictures.

Researcher finds a way to mimic curves in space-time

Here on Earth, it's rather difficult to replicate curved space-time -- to get that kind of effect in nature, you'd have to get uncomfortably close to black holes and other distant space objects. However, researcher Nikodem Szpak may have found a way to simulate that bend without facing oblivion. …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

New solar cloud identified after space weather study

<b>A new form of solar cloud has been identified by research into "space weather" led by Dundee University.</b><p>Dr Miho Janvier worked alongside colleagues in Paris and Buenos Aires to study a new kind of magnetic cloud emanating from the Sun.<p>The cloud is a smaller, distinct version of those caused by …

Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip Faster Than We Thought

'Down' could become the new 'up' within our lifetimes<p>The magnetic poles of the earth have switched back and forth many, many times during the 4.54 billion years that the Earth has been around. Previous research suggested that the process of reversing the poles took place over a long time period, …

Researchers Just Discovered The Brightest Dead Star Ever Found

Dennis Roscoe, Ph.D.<p>Eric Coles<p>Joel Tonyan<p>Joel Tonyan<p>Kenny Alexander<p>David Lane<p>Dennis Roscoe, Ph.D.<p>Eric Coles<p>Kenny Alexander<p>Matt Jylha<p>Dennis Roscoe, …

Cosmology

Giant Blast of X-Rays Traced to Dead Star

Ultraluminous x-rays found spurting from dead stars may overturn the idea that only actively feeding black holes have the power to fire up these displays.<p>Astronomers have pinned down the origins of an especially spectacular fountain of x-rays from a distant galaxy. The surprising source of all …

Why A Blue LED Is Worth A Nobel Prize

Plus, a little history of making semiconductors glow<p>Three scientists have jointly earned the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on blue LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. Why blue in particular? Well, blue was the last -- and most difficult -- advance required to create white LED light. And with …

Viewing Guide: Watch Blood Moon During Total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday

The second in a rare set of four lunar eclipses will be visible across most of North America.<p>There's a "blood moon" on the rise. This week the moon will disappear for the second time in 2014, in a total eclipse early Wednesday morning.<p>Lunar eclipses happen when the sun, moon, and Earth are aligned …

Could Flooring Every Car on the Planet Speed Up the Earth's Rotation? – Feature

We know that every burnout results in at least one angry bystander because science tells us that every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law also states that the torque that propels your car creates a reactionary force that acts on the Earth’s surface. Geologically …

14 Unbelievable Facts About The Human Eye

My EYES. H/t this fascinating Quora thread.

The Strangest Alien Planets (Gallery)

Mega-Earth Kepler-10c Planet<p>Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p>An artist's illustration of the mega-Earth planet Kepler-10c, the"Godzilla of Earths" …

This Physicist Says She Has Proof Black Holes Simply Don't Exist

Scientists have lots of bizarre theories about black holes. Black holes gobble up everything that gets too close, even light. They can cause time to slow. They contain entire universes.<p>But here's something about black holes you might not have heard: they simply don't exist.<p>At least that's the …

How Plate Tectonics Got Kick-Started

Scientists propose a new model to explain how plate tectonics, the geological phenomenon behind earthquakes and volcanoes, got started.<p><b>The outermost shell of the Earth is constantly</b> in motion. Over eons, our planet's tectonic plates have dragged the continents apart and slammed them into one …

'Magic Island' Mysteriously Reappears on Saturn's Moon Titan

For years, scientists have puzzled over an anomalous feature in radar imagery of Ligeia Mare, a hydrocarbon-filled lake on the Saturnian moon Titan. A bright, seemingly solid spot appeared out of nowhere in July 2013, in an image from the Cassini orbiter's Synthetic Aperture Radar — but it failed …

Astronomy

Week's Best Space Pictures: The Sun Stretches, Dust Swallows Africa, and the Milky Way Arcs

The sun sends out magnetic material, dust blows across the Atlantic, and the Milky Way arcs over the Himalaya in this week's best space pictures.