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Mars Rover Opportunity Climbs Red Planet Ridge (Photo)

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover is tackling some of the toughest terrain the robot has encountered in its twelve years on the Red Planet.<p>Opportunity …

Mars

This Is the Entire Universe Squeezed into One Image

An enterprising artist has taken on one of the biggest concepts known to man: the universe.<p>Pablo Carlos Budassi is drawing eyes across the Internet …

SHOCK UFO CLAIMS: Dozens of UK sightings in North East ‘prove ALIENS exist’

GETTYSightings have been common in the North East since January 2015<p>Analysis logged by skywatchers Mutual UFO Network (Mufon) show as many as 18 …

Paranormal

Which Would Kill You Faster: Living on Mars or Living on Venus?

It's not as straightforward as you might think.<p>We all think of Mars as the next step in crewed space exploration and the first step in extraterrestrial colonization. But should we? Maybe there'sa better option a little closer by.<p>PBS's terrific series Space Time has tackled the subject of how we …

Space Exploration

A Photo of the Earth and Moon Taken From Mars

Here’s a beautiful photo of the Earth and Moon in a single frame, captured back on October 3, 2007 by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance …

NASA just released a jaw-dropping 360 degree photo that makes you feel like you're on Mars

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be inside of a giant crater on Mars, then check out this incredible footage NASA released this week from its Curiosity Mars rover.<p>The video below is interactive, making the experience more realistic than simply looking at a picture. Just click on the …

Mars Express images reveal past Red Planet flooding

The European Space Agency has published images of a Mars region showing marks left by water in the Red Planet’s distant past. According to the ESA, …

Fancy flying over to Mars? NASA needs you

NASA is on the lookout for 14 new astronauts, and more people have applied than ever before.<p>The institution is fresh off a big PR year, which …

There's an unsettling reason why we know about the gigantic fireball that no one ever saw

This fireball likely exploded with the energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, but it did so over the Atlantic Ocean more than 600 miles away from the nearest inhabited region.<p>So, if no one saw or heard this enormous explosion — which, to date, is the largest since the Chelyabinsk meteor rampaged …

13 AI researchers reveal the amazing facts that blow their minds

1/<p>Matthew Taylor is wowed by how many times AI has outperformed humans.<p>IBM<p>"For me, it's the fact that computers can outperform humans at a number of …

‘Origins’ offers science-based account of creation

<b>Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation</b><i><br>Jim Baggott<br>Oxford Univ., $34.95</i><p>Throughout history, every culture has woven its own tale of creation, …

Hubble image: Dormant black hole, in a word, is gargantuan

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Hubble Space Telescope has given scientists their sharpest-ever look at a known galaxy containing an enormous black hole.<p>The supermassive black hole is in a galaxy called NGC 4889, one of several in the Coma Cluster, officials said Thursday.<p>According to NASA, every galaxy has a …

Universe

Search narrows for Planet Nine along sprawling orbit of thousands of years

A group of French scientists have said they are closer to pinning down the location of Planet Nine, the mystery potential new addition to the list of major satellites orbiting the Sun.<p>They’ve just discovered Planet Nine. But is it really so ‘planety’? | Peter Bradshaw<p>Read more<p>US astronomers …

Universe

Earth Could Be Unique Among 700 Quintillion Planets in The Universe, Study Finds

One of these things is not like the others.<p>So much of humanity’s astronomical research is based around the notion of finding something like us out …

What is the Goldilocks Zone and why does it matter in the search for ET? - Science News - ABC News

The Goldilocks Zone refers to the habitable zone around a star where the temperature is just right - not too hot and not too cold - for liquid water …

NASA releases recording of 'outer-space type music' from far side of the moon

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Did you hear that whistling sound too?"<p>"Sounds like -- you know, outer-space type music."<p>"I wonder what it is."<p>This conversation, between Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young, as their craft flew around the far side of the moon, remained under wraps for over four decades.<p>While …

Space Science

Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …

5 Cosmic Mysteries That Scientists Still Hope to Solve

Now that gravitational waves have been detected, what's left to discover? Plenty—including some of the universe's biggest questions.<p>Now that physicists have directly observed gravitational waves, ripples through spacetime itself, the last bit of Einstein’s theory of general relativity has clicked …

NASA Gets Serious About Its Next Big Telescope

With a view 100 times larger than Hubble's, the WFIRST scope could discover thousands of exoplanets and millions of galaxies<p>With the James Webb Space Telescope finally looking like it might meet its 2018 launch deadline, NASA is already looking ahead to the next great telescope.<p>The space agency is …

Astronomers think this could be the key to finding alien life

Astronomers presumed that many of the other stars in the night sky had planets too, but this was sheer speculation.<p>We could never know for sure, the thinking went, because such planets were ridiculously small and faint. To ever see or study them seemed a complete impossibility.<p>"Extrasolar planets," …

5 reasons why you should care about the discovery of gravitational waves

A big press conference was held, and physicists around the world celebrated.<p>The discovery was even compared to Galileo looking through a telescope for the first time.<p>So why all the fanfare? Why are gravitational waves such a huge deal?

What to Expect From Your Love Life According to the Planets

A few days post-Valentine's...now what?<p>Did Cupid miss the mark on Valentine's Day? With planets nesting in traditionalearth signs, February 14 was kind of a snoozefest. To wit, we ran into three friendsthat day...at the grocery store! And no one was shopping for romantic dinneringredients. But that …

Meet NGC 4889, The Galaxy With A Black Hole The Size Of Our Solar System

It’s common for galaxies to have black holes at their center. In fact, our own galaxy has a pretty big one at the center. But nothing will quite prepare you for the size of NGC 4889, a galaxy with a black hole at the center nearly the size of our solar system.<p>Recently photographed by the Hubble, …

Race is on for next breakthrough as physicists target dark matter

What could be bigger than gravitational waves? Predicted by Einstein, confirmed to exist this week, they are born of black holes colliding and the sound of space time itself warping through the Earth.<p>What couldn’t be bigger, say scientists still pining for answers to the other mysteries of …

Physics

‘The Cosmic Web’ weaves tale of universe’s architecture

Understanding Our Changing Universe

Whether it's ripples in the fabric of spacetime or evidence of a new planet, our understanding of the universe is changing once again.

The first discovery of 2 colliding black holes just fundamentally changed our perception of the universe

On Thursday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, made up of more than 1,000 scientists worldwide, publicly released results that had been secretly circulating among the scientific community for the past few weeks: the first detection of a phenomenon called …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …