David Aguirre

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Stunning 'Monster' Planet Discovery Puts Key Theory in Doubt

No one thought such big planets could form around small stars.<p>A planet described as a “monster” has been observed orbiting a tiny star, and the discovery has thrown a giant wrench into a long-established theory about how planets form.<p>Astronomers had long theorized that while small stars can form …

'Zombie' star won't die, even after exploding

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the star that won't die, even though it has exploded and appeared to go down in a blaze of glory multiple times. This superlong supernova may be the first of its kind.<p>When they first observed supernova iPTF14hls in September 2014, astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory in California …

Universe

Most expensive telescope will let us see farther back than ever before

Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandfather's shoulders, waving a flag as our astronauts returned to Hawaii. This was years before we'd set foot on the moon. Decades before we'd land a rover on Mars. A generation before photos from the International Space Station would show up …

Astronomers Just Found a Second ‘Dyson Sphere’ (‘Alien’) Star

Amongst the far reaches of space, there resides a mysterious alien star whose odd variations in brightness and tendency to dim inexplicably have left …

Universe

Why Bury Grandpa Underground When You Could Launch Him Into Space?

Why bury Grandpa underground when you could launch his remains into space and watch them turn into a fireball when they reenter the Earth's atmosphere?<p>Everyone hopes they will go to heaven and reach some type of nirvana in the afterlife. Now that uncertainty no longer needs to be left to chance. …

What Happens If Someone Dies on Mars?

The out-of-this-world future of human death.<p>Mars Direct concept art. (Image: Doctorheredoctor)<p>It’s entirely possible that someone alive today on …

SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX is developing a version of its Dragon capsule for human spaceflight. It's under contract with NASA to deliver astronauts to the ISS.

Excerpt from 'Spaceman': Mike Massimino's First Spacewalk

Mike Massimino flew two space shuttle missions during his time as a NASA astronaut, from 1996 to 2014. He is currently an advisor at the Intrepid …

Blue Origin just validated the new space movement

With both Musk and Bezos now flying robust launch vehicles, new space becomes real.<p>On Wednesday morning Blue Origin did something no other company, …

Space Travel

Hurricane Matthew Is a Nightmare Scenario for Kennedy Space Center [Updated]

All signs are pointing toward deadly hurricane Matthew slamming directly into Space Coast—home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force …

'Dustbuster' Telescope Uncovers Hidden Stars

Interstellar dust that blocks astronomers' view of space is no match for the European Southern Observatory's "dustbuster" telescope, which just …

Universe

"Tabby's Star" Keeps Getting Stranger

The more scientists learn about "Tabby's Star," the more mysterious the bizarre object gets.<p>Newly analyzed observations by NASA's planet-hunting …

Blue Origin's Rocket Test Just Went Better Than Anyone Thought Possible

Not even Blue Origin expected it to go quite this well.<p>Blue Origin just successfully completed its first in-flight escape test, during which the empty crew capsule was able to make an emergency separation from the booster just seconds after takeoff. It's a maneuver that could save lives if it …

13 Mesmerizing Images That Show the Quiet Beauty of Outer Space

Most people can only dream of visiting space, but thanks to some out-of-this-world photographers, us earth-bound humans are able to get a closer look into the universe.<p>Each year the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition invites professional and amateur photographers from around the …

Astronomy

An exclusive look inside Nasa: from retro rockets to robots that will take us to Mars

How astronomers are using virtual universes to understand our own

While scientists from most fields can conduct experiments—particle physicists build massive particle colliders to test their theories of subatomic material, and microbiologists probe the properties of microbes on petri dishes—astronomers cannot conduct experiments with the stars and planets.<p>Even …

Dark Matter

The fascinating and terrible things that would happen to you if you tried to fly on Jupiter — and other planets

Well, you couldn't do it with just one person — or even with just one plane. Along the way, the harsh environments would destroy both you and your aircraft in a number of horrible ways.<p>But how exactly would it happen?<p>Randall Munroe, founder of the popular webcomic xkcd, explores the different ways …

Planets

SpaceX’s 1-mile Hyperloop test track is now up along its HQ and Tesla’s Design Studio

A little over a month ago, we reported on tubes for SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track starting to show up at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne. Now they already have the entire 1-mile track up along the road ahead of the pod competition.<p>It doesn’t mean that the track is ready since it’s not as …

Be a Part of the Museum of Science Fiction's Awesome First Take-Home Exhibit

The Museum of Science Fiction is building off the success of its <i>Journal of Science Fiction</i> by launching a new publication that’s less academic in …

Blinded by the Dark (Energy)

It outweighs everything else in existence, it governs the fate of the Universe and it cannot be explained by known physics.<p>Dark energy is the name …

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A Supermassive Black Hole Has Broken Free And Is Now Destroying Everything

Black hole has no chill.<p>You might think you have troublesome neighbours, but spare a thought for one galaxy where the disruption nearby was so …

Where Are All The Alien Robots?

If you’ve seen at least one other episode of the Guide to Space, you know I’m obsessed about the Fermi Paradox. This idea that the Universe is big …

Boeing Just Set Itself Up for an Epic Showdown With Elon Musk and SpaceX

The company's CEO says Boeing will get to Mars before SpaceX--and it certainly has an advantage.<p>Elon Musk might be the most vocal entrepreneur about his plan to get people to Mars. But he has some serious competition.<p>And one of those competitors says he's going to beat Musk to the punch.<p>Dennis …

Hurricane Matthew Is Headed Straight for Cape Canaveral

Space Coast could be in for 140 mph winds and as much as nine feet of flooding.<p>Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and NASA's Kennedy Space Center are directly in the path of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, which is expected to make its way up Florida's east …

Draconid meteor shower should brighten your Friday happy hour

Make your transition from the work week to the weekend special Friday by stepping away from the bar and heading outside to check out the annual Draconid meteor shower, which peaks this year on October 7-8.<p>Normally, catching the latest crop of shooting stars means staying up way past midnight or …

"Alien megastructure" star sparks more mystery

It has confused scientists for the past several years – a faraway star spotted by NASA’s Kepler space telescope that appeared to be dimming …

Saturn Moon Dione Has Subsurface Ocean Just Like Titan and Enceladus But Can It Host Life?

Data from NASA’s current Cassini-Huygens mission, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, has found that a subsurface ocean lies below the icy …

Hubble Detects Giant 'Cannonballs' Shooting from Star

Great balls of fire! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a …

Universe