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E se, invece di espandersi, l’universo stesse… ingrassando?

La teoria di un fisico tedesco spiega l’apparente espansione dell’universo come il prodotto di un aumento delle masse subatomiche nel …

Il Sistema Solare invaso da una stella aliena nella preistoria

E' accaduto 70.000 anni fa, al tempo dei Neanderthal<p>Nella preistoria una stella ha 'invaso' il Sistema Solare: è accaduto <b>70.000 anni fa</b> e <b>il suo</b> …

14 Reasons to Fall in Love with Hubble this Valentine’s Day

Bring out the bubbly! Hubble is celebrating 25 years of science this April. Here's why you should be in love with Hubble, if you weren't already.<p>Our Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating 25 years of science this April. Here's why you should be in love with Hubble, if you weren't already.<p><i>Below:</i> …

Watch how a NASA sub could explore Titan's biggest methane sea

NASA has long announced that it wants to create a tough-as-nails submarine that can withstand <i>extreme</i> conditions, because it's going to explore the largest liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's biggest moon Titan. Now, the agency has released a concept video of the robotic submersible and also …

DSCOVR satellite to offer Earth a much-needed selfie

The DSCOVR satellite, launched this week on the private rocket Falcon 9, will provide a whole-Earth view of our planet that hasn’t been seen since …

Where To Look For Life In Space

A tour of places in our solar system where life could persevere<p><i>This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>to accompany the feature "Have We Found Alien Life?"</i>

Astronomy

Searching For Life On Europa Now A NASA Priority

The President and NASA say they’re committed to exploring Europa, which many astrobiologists believe might be the best place to look for life beyond Earth. At least, that’s the message that was sent loud and clear on Monday when the White House included in its proposed 2016 budget for NASA over …

Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

These are the contents of a mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet: Weird looking lamps, wrenches, utility brackets, sights, …

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

Though the sun lies 93 million miles (149 million kilometers) from Earth, its unceasing activity assures an impact on our planet far beyond the …

Land On The Moon For Sale By US Government For Business Purposes

The United States government has already put in motion plans to sell commercial space to American businesses on the moon, it has emerged.<p>In documents …

Weekend Diversion: the Moon as no one’s seen it

You won’t believe this view of the far side — and the Earth — until you see it.<p><i>“When I look at the moon I do not see a hostile, empty world. I see</i> …

NASA Video Shows Off The Dark Side Of The Moon

The first grainy partial photo of Earth from space was taken on October 24, 1946, using a 35mm camera attached to a German V-2 missile. The first <i>full</i> view of our planet was taken 26 years later, on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft. Jump forward another 43 years and we now …

Earth's Moon May Not Be Critical to Life

The moon has long been viewed as a crucial component in creating an environment suitable for the evolution of complex life on Earth, but a number of …

The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize

The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system. Scientists have been trying for years to kickstart a mission to …

Moon Express Continues Lander Flight Tests at NASA Kennedy

<b>KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 6, 2015 (MoonEx PR) —</b> Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space …

Space Exploration

Making Music From NASA's Sound Archives

NASA has taken years of sound from its historic space flights and probe missions and put it online. All the sound is free on SoundCloud, and you can …

You've Never Seen the Phases of the Moon from This Perspective: The Far Side

Sometimes, it seems to be a cosmic misfortune that we only get to view the universe from a singular vantage point.<p>Take the example of our single …

Titan: Facts About Saturn's Largest Moon

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest in the solar system (after Ganymede of Jupiter). It is the only moon in the solar system with …

NASA catches an exploding nova on tape

Talk about a once in a blue moon opportunity. Actually, it’s more like once in a white binary star system. NASA has managed to capture footage of a …

Closer view of Ceres shows multiple white spots

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of the mysterious dwarf planet world Ceres. These latest images, taken on …

Volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io out of place

<i>By Mike Wall</i><i><br>Space.com</i><p>The hundreds of volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io aren't where they're supposed to be, scientists say.<p>Io's major volcanic activity is concentrated 30 to 60 degrees farther east than models of its internal heat profile predict, a recent study reports, suggesting that the exotic, …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

Which Planets Have Rings?

Planetary rings are an interesting phenomena. The mere mention of these two words tends to conjure up images of Saturn, with its large and colorful …

Crave Ep. 191: Plans get rolling for mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa

<b>Subscribe to Crave:</b><p>Crave has a new time slot: Thursday! Celebrate by taking a ride on the rugged Storm electric bike. Plus, try not to judge this book by its cover, or it will judge you back. And NASA officially announces plans to visit Jupiter moon Europa.<p>And make sure to check out the latest …

From Mercury to Pluto: the year ahead in planetary exploration

By Donna Burton<i>, University of Southern Queensland</i><p>2015 is already shaping up to be a big year in astronomy and planetary exploration, with the best …