Scott Baker

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Study: The Universe has almost stopped making new stars

Most of the stars that will ever exist have already been born, according to the most comprehensive survey of the age of the night sky.<p>An …

Universe

Stephen Hawking, The Big Bang And The Birth Of Time

DESIREE MARTIN via Getty Images<p>Hawking’s fascination was with cosmology, the science which deals with the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the …

Physics

A Crab Walks Through Time | ChandraBlog | Fresh Chandra News

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory launch into space. The Crab Nebula was one of the first objects that Chandra …

We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

For many years, scientists have been very much baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years …

A star is about to plunge head first toward a monster black hole. Astronomers are ready to watch.

Sometime over the next few months, a massive star is going to take a deep plunge near a gigantic black hole in our galaxy. As it screams past the …

Timelapse of the Entire Universe

This story covers almost 14 billion years into one video. Each second represents 22 million years. The formation of the planet we live on is just a …

These are the first photos of an exploding star

Amateur astronomer Victor Buso took a photo of an exploding star at a moment never before captured. In the history of humanity, no known photo has …

Astronomers Just Measured The Strongest Magnetic Field Ever Seen on The Sun

The active region was wider than Jupiter.<p>Four years ago, a monster sunspot complex broke a solar record. As astronomers have just figured out, it was …

Why our sun is growing dim

BY 2050, our Sun is expected to be unusually cool.<p>It’s what scientists have termed a ‘grand minimum’ — a particularly low point in what is otherwise …

Here's your first look at the most detailed simulation of the cosmos ever made

Illustris: The Next Generation<p>The largest simulation of the cosmos ever run has boldly taken us where we have never gone before: the formation of the …

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

These Merging Galaxies Look Like a "Penguin Guarding an Egg"

The perfect symbolism for the birth of a new galaxy.<p>Much like gazing at clouds and seeing formations that resemble things down here on Earth, peering …

Universe

Earth's magnetic poles may be getting ready to flip

So, geophysicists have been studying the earth's magnetic field, and they think it's getting ready to "flip" -- with the north and south poles …

Jupiter's Stripes Reveal Stunning Details in New Juno Probe Images

The ribbons of multicolored gas that make up Jupiter's atmosphere are on display in two new images from NASA's Juno probe.<p>In one of the new images, …

Astronomy

What Do We Encounter Going Straight Up Out Of The Solar System?

So if our solar system is more or less flat in terms of the planetary rotations around the sun (I’m using typical pictorial depictions of the solar system), what is up and down from our solar system and galaxies? It doesn’t seem like above and below of light years in space is ever explored. Or are …

Astronomy

What would it have been like to witness the beginning of the universe?

Something wonderful happened about 13.8 billion years ago. Everything in the universe was created in an instant as an infinitesimally small point of …

New research suggests winds of change blow even for black holes

The winds of change blow, even around a black hole.<p>New Canadian-led research has peered into the strange world of black holes to discover they’re …

Universe

How Did The Matter In Our Universe Arise From Nothing?

When you look out at the vastness of the Universe, at the planets, stars, galaxies, and all there is out there, one obvious question screams for an explanation: why is there something instead of nothing? The problem gets even worse when you consider the laws of physics governing our Universe, which …

Physics

The Aftermath of Explosive Neutron Star Merger Is More Crazy Than Scientists Thought

"Unlike anything we've seen before."<p>When something explodes, you expect there to be a bright flash that subsides.<p>This is what astrophysicists thought …

Universe

New Study on Black Hole Magnetic Fields Has Thrown a Huge Surprise at Astronomers

Space is full of mysteries.<p>For the first time, scientists have studied the magnetic field of a black hole inside the Milky Way in multiple …

Universe

What Would You See As You Fell Into A Black Hole?

Black holes are some of the most perplexing objects in the entire Universe. Objects so dense, where gravitation is so strong, that nothing, not even light, can ever escape from it. Many physical black holes have been identified, from stellar-mass scale ones in our own galaxy to supermassive ones at …

Black Holes

Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Was Shaped By Cosmic Particles

Last year, the interstellar interloper ʻOumuamua passed through the inner Solar System. Originally thought to be a comet, then later an asteroid, this visitor turned out to have properties unlike any object ever seen before. It moved far too quickly and from too inclined an angle to originate from …

Astronomy

This Neutron Star Merger is Glowing in a Seriously Weird Way

Last August, a collaboration between the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo observatory in Italy detected …

LIGO

Scientists expect 1st direct black hole image soon

This was the most popular post at EarthSky this week, and no wonder. It’s exciting! We’re holding our breaths for the 1st-ever direct image of a …

Star System With Five Rocky Planets Discovered by Amateur Astronomers

For the first time in history, a crowdsourced team of amateur citizen scientists has discovered a multi-planetary system. Located 620 light years …

Can You Name Apple's 6 Biggest Acquisitions

Most deals have been small, but they always seem memorable.<p><b>Apple</b> (NASDAQ:AAPL) apparently has money burning a hole in its pocket because it's been on …

How to clean up and organize macOS Mail

It's a good time of year to organize your Mac's Mail. With just a little effort, your mailboxes can be tidied up and ready for the new year.<p>The pace …

New Tech Could Help Astronomers See Planets Around Alpha Centauri

Technology in development could capture images from an Earth-size planet in the nearby Alpha Centauri system in the 2020s, new research suggests.<p>The …

Science

Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

Exoplanets are neat and uniform. In our 'hood Jupiter and Saturn messed things upOur solar system may be a cosmic misfit, say astroboffins who've …

Universe

Curving Spacetime: Mind-Boggling Facts about Black Holes

NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse <i>airs Wednesday, January 10 at 9:00 pm and is available to stream.</i><p>The two-hour <i>NOVA</i> special <i>Black Hole Apocalypse</i>, hosted by …

Black Holes