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Filament Eruption Creates 'Canyon of Fire' on the Sun [hd video]

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Stanford's new linear accelerator is just three millimeters long

Stanford researchers unveiled a new kind of linear accelerator in <i>Nature</i> today, both smaller and more powerful than its enormous predecessors. Instead of using microwaves like traditional accelerators, the new accelerator works by accelerating electrons to near light-speed through conventional …

Learn all about Saturn's "Death Star" moon, Mimas: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/ctfz Cassini image of Mimas via Heavensrun on deviantart: http://heavensrun.deviantart.com/art/THAT-S-NO-MOON-206019988

Image of the Day: Spiral Red Giant Star Cloaks Hidden Companion

A team using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the most powerful millimetre/submillimetre telescope in the world, has …

The Galaxy's Core Is About to Explode

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don't know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …

How NASA Is Developing Fresh Space Salad

Plus cameos from former International Space Station crewmembers Zucchini, Broccoli and Sunflower<p>Early in the history of the U.S. space program, space ice cream caught the imagination of American youngsters. Now, NASA and other researchers are developing a different kind of space food—space-grown …

Lake Ontario Area (NASA, International Space Station, 08/24/13)

The Curvature of the Universe

A while back we introduced you to Zogg the alien from Betelgeuse. Zogg has been busy helping aliens understand bizarre human concepts like “rituals” …

Virgin Galactic releases footage from supersonic flight

SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s supersonic spacecraft built for suborbital tourism, made its second rocket-powered spaceflight last week.<p>After a …

How Do You Find The Signs of Life On Alien Planets?

One big challenge in astronomy is everything is so darn far away. This makes it hard to see the signs of life in planets, which are usually but tiny …

Meet the Enthusiasts Trying to Build an Elevator to Space

We traveled to Seattle's Museum of Flight for the annual International Space Elevator Consortium to meet the engineers and space hippies that are …

Stunning Photos of NASA's Nighttime Moon Launch

Sky-watchers on the eastern coast of North America were treated to spectacular views of the late-night launch of NASA's LADEE moon mission.

Near-Earth asteroid is really a comet

Some things are not always what they seem—even in space. For 30 years, scientists believed a large near-Earth object was an asteroid. Now, an …

Did a Comet Really Kill the Mammoths 12,900 Years Ago?

Did the planetary upheaval 12,900 years ago come from the heavens—or Earth?<p><b>Why did mammoths, mastodons, and other mega-beasts vanish from North America?</b><p>Was it because:<p>1) humans killed them;<p>2) they couldn't hack the climate after the Ice Age ended; or<p>3) an exploding comet ignited continent-wide …