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No matter how amazing the 2017 solar eclipse is, 1979 will remain Oregon's ultimate eclipse year

The last time this happened, just over 38 years ago, the total solar eclipse was called "the biggest cover-up of the century."

Why Total Solar Eclipses Frightened Ancient Cultures

Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and the moon, or at the very least saw them as supernatural beings. In the sky, their movement proceeded …

From Exoplanets to Galaxies: NASA Chooses 6 Missions for Further Study

Six astrophysics programs selected for further study by NASA have science goals across the universe, ranging from exoplanets to galaxies.<p>This round …

Universe

There's a hidden message on this family portrait that an Apollo astronaut left on the moon

On April 20, 1972, Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke took his first steps on the moon. He was 36 at the time and is the youngest human in history to …

“Secret Space Escapes” Reveals The True Dangers Of Spaceflight

Still dream of being an astronaut? Watch this first.<p>Just in time for NASA’s call for astronaut applications comes a series that may have you reconsidering that secret childhood fantasy—not to mention a sobering reminder that spaceflight is a pretty dangerous business.<p>The Science Channel’s <i>Secret</i> …

Here's Your Critical Guide to the Hospitable Earth-Like Exoplanets

by Brad Bergan and Victor Tangermann August 16, 2017 Off World 4929<p>There’s a vital human desire to discover and explore other planets like Earth, so …

Universe

Mars Sample Return: Scientists Debate How to Bring Red Planet Rocks to Earth

SANTA FE, N.M. — With NASA's sample-caching 2020 Mars rover mission just around the corner, the best strategy for hauling Red Planet rock and dirt to …

University of Tennessee

Astronomers Gawk at Supermassive Black Holes in the Middle of a Feast

Cosmic jellyfish are just prey in space.<p>In space, no one can hear you scream — even if you’re a jellyfish galaxy getting torn tentacle from tentacle …

Universe

The Most Distant Massive Galaxy Observed to Date Provides Insight into the Early Universe

In their pursuit of learning how our Universe came to be, scientists have probed very deep into space (and hence, very far back in time). Ultimately, …

Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein Proved Right Again

Scientists always seem to be finding new evidence of Albert Einstein "being right." The latest example comes from astronomers using the European …

Black Holes

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen

While there are many superstitions about eclipses, there are also a lot of weird things that happen during an eclipse that are completely real -- and super cool. Here are six incredible things to look for during the eclipse on August 21.<p>1. Animals getting confused<p>"A totally eclipsed sun is 10,000 …

Astronomy