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Stephen Hawking: Earth Will Become A Ball Of Fire By 2600, Humans Must Leave The Planet To Avoid Extinction

While speaking at the Tencent Web Summit in Beijing on Sunday, November 5, the renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warned that the …

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Astrophysics

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

HONOLULU (AP) — Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some …

How Big is the Biggest Possible Planet?

Last week, a team of astronomers reported the first potential discovery of an exomoon--a satellite orbiting a planet around another star. Part of …

Universe

Go take a virtual tour of the International Space Station right now

It's on Google Street View, and it looks incredible.<p>Google's street view takes us to some pretty wild places. From the comfort of your computer, you can visit a tiny train 'Wunderland', pilot the Millennium Falcon, rock climb in Yosemite, or zip line through a rainforest, among many, many other …

What Happens to Time and Space When We Fall into a Black Hole?

Black holes have always been a bit of a mystery. That’s mainly because they’re so very difficult to study. The gravitational singularity is where …

Black Hole Or Supernova Star Explosion? Scientists Spot Galaxy’s Mysterious Bright Spot

Scientists may have found a new supernova explosion or supermassive black hole in a galaxy about 600 million light years from Earth after pointing a …

In 1943, hundreds of German women saved their Jewish husbands from death camps

The Rosenstrasse protest was the only one of its kind<p>The Nazis were waiting until they won the war to deport the rest of the German Jews, namely the …

World History

How Big Was The Universe At The Moment Of Its Creation?

You might think of the Universe as infinite, and quite honestly, it might truly be infinite, but we don’t think we’ll ever know for sure. Thanks to the Big Bang — the fact that the Universe had a birthday, or that we can only go back a finite amount of time — and the fact that the speed of light is …

Astrophysics

NASA discovers 7 Earth-sized planets outside our solar system

In a press conference today, NASA scientists revealed an extraordinary new discovery – the first known system of seven rocky, Earth-sized planets …

Ask Ethan: Is there a center of the Universe?

If the Big Bang happened and everything is moving away from us, where’s the center?<p><i>“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.</i> …

Black Holes are Even Stranger Than You Can Imagine

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.</i><p>Our …

Physics

Why Our First Alien Encounter Could Happen Soon

We could discover life on the nearest Earth-like planets within the next ten years.<p>It’s one of the great questions of our age: Are we alone in the universe? A long line of films—from <i>Contact</i> to <i>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</i> to the latest entry, <i>Arrival</i>—have explored whether intelligent life is …

Monty Python

A Tribute to the Beauty of Bohemian Paradise

I am very fortunate to be living in a highly photogenic area of the Czech Republic. It is called Bohemian Paradise (Bohemia is the historical name of …

Cameras