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Here's What Scientists Mean When They Say the Universe Could Be a Giant Hologram

The Holographic Universe<p>For decades now, scientists have been investigating the possibility that our Universe is, or once was, a giant hologram, …

Astronomers May Have Found a Giant Version of Saturn

A star 1,000 light-years away may have a giant ringed planet, the first ever spotted.<p>There's a mysterious star that's been periodically getting dimmer every 2.5 years, and astronomers think they finally know why.<p>The star in question is called PDS 110, and it lies about 1000 light-years away in the …

Look Up: Jupiter And Saturn Will Light Up The Night Skies in June

Mark your calendars!<p>Summer soon arrives, and the big planets <b>Jupiter</b> and <b>Saturn</b> will entertain evening onlookers, Venus will distract morning dog …

A Gorgeous Flyby of Jupiter Made with Photos from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter and travels from the giant gas planet’s north pole to and past its south pole, shooting …

Astronomy

Why the Total Solar Eclipse Is Such a Rare Event

This cosmic coincidence will be visible across the lower 48 states.<p>Astronomers — amateur and professional alike — are looking forward to the next …

2017 NBA Draft Lottery Results: Celtics, Lakers pick 1-2; Sixers in top 3

Boston comes away with the No. 1 overall pick in this June's draft<p>With the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics will select ...<p>After …

Basketball

Security officials say worst effects of global cyberattack subsiding, but remain on edge about new attacks

Four days after the launch of a global ransomware attack, security officials were optimistic that the worst effects were subsiding even as they remained on edge about new attacks and lingering vulnerabilities.<p>Their sense of anxiety had been stirred by a digital clue unearthed the previous day that …

Cybersecurity

Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been invited to this weekend's summit in the Saudi capital with U.S. President …

Africa

See Images of International Borders Taken From Space

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A strange and beautiful 'Manhattanhenge' sunset is about to happen in New York City

NEW YORK — Twice each summer, the sun, Earth, and (functional) monuments of human industry create a spectacle of light called "Manhattanhenge": when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city's gridded streets.<p>The name is a portmanteau of Stonehenge, which prehistoric people likely built to line up …

New York City

Scientists have found a mysterious 'puffy' planet with the density of styrofoam

Astronomers have found a giant exoplanet larger than Jupiter, but with extremely low mass - a composition that gives this mysterious 'puffy planet' a density very similar to styrofoam.<p>The team who found KELT-11b, which orbits a star located about 320 light-years from Earth, says this …

Gorgeous new Hubble photo shows two galaxies dancing through space

A powerful space telescope orbiting Earth has spied on two galaxies in the midst of a cosmic close call 500 million light-years away.<p>The Hubble Space …

Astronomers Just Found a Planet They Didn’t Know Was Possible

Warm and Unusual<p>The easiest way to make sense of the various unfamiliar objects we find floating around in the cosmos is by thinking about them in …

How Close Would a Supernova Have to Be to Kill Us All?

New research suggests that exploding stars may still be deadly twice as far away as previously thought.<p>If you're looking for the deadliest explosion in the universe, a supernova is a good place to start. A supernova can form an incredibly beautiful nebula, but the intense radiation emitted by these …

Presto change-o! Brown dwarf star is now a planet

When you're dealing with astronomical bodies that are light years away from you, sometimes classifications can be tricky. That seems to be the case …

What’s a safe distance between us and a supernova?

And how many potentially exploding stars are located within the unsafe distance?<p>A supernova is a star explosion – destructive on a scale almost …

Universe

Astronomers Find our Planet’s Twin Over 10,000 Light-Years Away

Just this month astronomers discovered an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star at the same distance our own planet orbits our sun. It was captured …

Science

Ancient Meteor Strike Triggered Eruptions Lasting Up to a Million Years

A giant meteor impact on Earth nearly 2 billion years ago triggered more explosive and long-lived volcanic eruptions than previously thought, a new …

Geology

The last of the Frontier Fields — Abell 370

With the final observation of the distant galaxy cluster Abell 370 — some five billion light-years away — the Frontier Fields program came to an …

Cosmology

USA and USSR planned to nuke the moon out of existence

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States found themselves locked in a chilling race to nuke the moon, declassified …

Ask Ethan: Why Can't I See Mercury Without A Telescope?

Since ancient times, humans have known of five planets — or “wandering stars” — in the sky: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each of them appears to move against the backdrop of stars from night-to-night, rather than staying in the same fixed position like the other points of light do. But …

Astronomy

'Stealthing': Victims Describe Partners Removing Condoms During Sex Without Consent

The calls to the crisis lines have a familiar beginning: “I’m not sure this is rape, but …”<p>That's according to a new report, in which victims go on to describe the disturbing practice of "stealthing" — when their sexual partners remove condoms without their knowledge or consent.<p>“I think that when …

Sexuality

Earth-Mass "Ice Ball" Planet Found 13,000 Light-Years Away

A newfound alien world is quite Earth-like in some ways, but you wouldn't want to live there.<p>The exoplanet, known as OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, is about …

What's The Largest Planet In The Universe?

In our Solar System, Jupiter is the largest planet we have, but what’s the upper limit to planetary size?<p>If you get too much mass together in a single object, its core will fuse lighter elements into heavier ones.<p>At about eighty times the mass of Jupiter, you’ll have a true star, burning hydrogen …

Universe

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

<b>A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve.</b><p>Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group.<p>He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group were calling it a …

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn

NASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool …

Astronomers Discover The Largest Known Planet That Orbits Two Suns

There's a famous scene near the beginning of <i>Star Wars IV: A New Hope</i> where Luke Skywalker is gazing introspectively at Tatooine's two suns setting …

Lyrid meteor shower has begun

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25.<p>Stefan Nilsson wrote at EarthSky Facebook yesterday:<p>The Lyrid meteor …