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The First Sighting of a Black Hole

The center of the galaxy doesn’t look like much, even if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the night sky is sufficiently dark to see the …

Black Holes

NASA announces plan to visit asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion

On January 4, NASA announced a future mission to explore a Massachusetts-sized asteroid known as 16 Psyche.<p>The mission is seeking to learn more about the unusual body, which is thought to be the remaining core of a dead planet.<p>"This asteroid measures about 130 miles (210 kilometers) in diameter," …

‘A cat in hell’s chance’ – why we’re losing the battle to keep global warming below 2C

A global rise in temperature of just 2C would be enough to threaten life as we know it. But leading climate scientists think even this universally agreed target will be missed. Could dramatic action help?<p>It all seemed so simple in 2008. All we had was financial collapse, a cripplingly high oil …

Climate Change Is Turning Canada into Margaritaville

And the rest of the world, NOAA says, is screwed.<p>The new reports are out: everything, from Thailand to Saskatchewan, is heating up. By the end of the century, people may be planning destination weddings in Canada, now poised to become a balmy getaway.<p>Last year was the hottest year on record—marking …

A crew of six enter a geodesic dome to find out what it's like to live on Mars

An international crew of six will enter a geodesic dome atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa on Thursday to begin an eight-month experiment on isolation and …

SpaceX captures stunning shot of Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable rocket made another successful launch and landing on the weekend, marking the company's seventh success since the start of the reusable launch system program in 2013. You can read all about the exciting event here, but this gorgeous photo deserves its own glory.<p>It's just …

A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost the US $40 Billion Daily

Our planet is due to be hit with a powerful solar storm, an event that happens about once every hundred years. New research shows that losses from …

Space Weather

Pulsar Emission Signatures: NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory Images Reveal Crucial Clues About Variations

Pulsars — rapidly rotating neutron stars that produce lighthouse-like beams of radio or gamma ray emissions — were first discovered nearly 50 years …

This is the closest-ever photo of a 'wavemaker moon' that hides out in Saturn's rings

While trucks across the northwestern US pushed around snow this week, a Mount Everest-size rock near Saturn continued a multicentury effort of clearing its own lane in the planet's expansive disc of icy rings.<p>On Monday, the nuclear-powered Cassini spacecraft flew by the moonlet, called Daphnis, …

Astronomy

The Milky Way is 392 Decillion Times More Massive Than The Heaviest Thing We’ve Ever Weighed

The universe is so unfathomably huge that our tiny human brains can barely imagine just how big it really is out there. Case in point, a paper …

Bulge in Venus' Atmosphere Likely Caused by Gravity Waves

A massive, bow-shaped wave was spotted for the first time in the highest regions of Venus' atmosphere, perplexing astronomers. The structure was …

Astronomy

Experimental Lasers Could Temporarily Turn Earth's Atmosphere Into a Magnifying Glass

The Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens will serve as a deflector shield against enemy anti-aircraft lasers.<p>A new laser under development by BAE Systems could boost a high-flying airplane's ability to spot targets on the ground, creating a temporary floating "lens" in midair that magnifies objects. …

BAE Systems

The Black Hole Poses a Moral Quandary

Short of the Day<p>OR, The Gravitational Price of Greed.<p>What would you do if you discovered a black hole? I’m not talking about the celestial variety, …

Watch as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lands successfully on a drone barge

For the first time since its rocket exploded last September, SpaceX took another leap forward into space travel Saturday, successfully launching its …

SpaceX nailed its first launch since last year’s big explosion

Elon Musk’s rocket company launched 10 of Iridium’s satellites on Saturday morning.<p>Early Saturday morning Jan. 14, SpaceX successfully launched 10 communication satellites made by Iridium — one of its largest satellite customers — into low earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. …

Space Travel

Could Space Travel Make You Go Blind?

Astronauts who return from long trips in space often return with vision loss, and now researchers think they know why.<p>Astronauts on extended space …

Vision Loss

Tiny Japanese rocket fails to make it to orbit after communications issue during flight

It would have been the smallest rocket to put a payload into orbit<p>After the fanfare of SpaceX’s return to flight, Japan attempted to launch a rocket of its own on Saturday — but the vehicle failed to achieve orbit. It was the launch of a tiny, experimental rocket called the SS-520-4, which was …

These Mysterious Light Pillars Are Ridiculously Stunning and Magical

"It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up."<p>Usually when your kid wakes you up at 1:30 a.m. all you want tell them to do is <i>please</i> go back to sleep. But Timothy Joseph Elzinga, of North Bay, Ontario, was happy that his two-year-old son Gibson woke him up crying the other …

2016 Was An Monumental Year For Space

The last twelve months have been monumental for astronomers, physicists, and fellow enthusiasts of the cosmos. From the most powerful supernova recorded, to the discovery of gravitational waves that validate Einstein, to huge advancements in our efforts to colonize Mars, it's obvious that the …

Mysterious dark matter may be killing galaxies

Halos of dark matter may be stripping away gas from galaxies and sending them to an early death by depriving them of the material to make new stars, …

Dark Matter

Nine visions for lunar architecture revealed in Moontopia competition

Nine space-age designs have been revealed as the winners of the Moontopia competition, which asked architects and designers to visualise life on the …