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11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

How Much Light Is in the Universe?

<i>Paul Sutter is a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP). Sutter is also host of the</i> …

The Universe's Dark Ages May Hold The Secrets To Dark Matter, Inflation, And Even String Theory

The universe might have started with a bang, but once the echoes faded it took quite some while until the cosmic symphony began. Between the creation of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), where neutral atoms formed for the first time, and the formation of the first stars, there were 100 million …

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

Physics

Physicists Must Accept That Some Things Are Unknowable

One of the ultimate questions about our Universe is the question of where all of this came from. When we discovered that the grand spirals in the sky were actually galaxies not so different from our Milky Way all unto themselves, it paved the way for us to truly — for the first time — understand …