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This Ultra-HD timelapse shows the biggest sunspot in 22 years

Last month, the biggest sunspot in 22 years traversed across the Sun. Labelled AR 2192, it was big enough to see without the need for a telescope. …

Now Commonly Accepted As Fact, Black Holes Were Once Purely Fiction

(Inside Science) — Gargantua is the star of the new movie "Interstellar." Sure, the human cast includes Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and other notable actors. But Gargantua, a huge, rapidly spinning black hole, is the astronomical centerpiece of the movie. In a movie that …

Why Orion Capsule's Test Flight Is a 'Big (Freakin') Deal' for NASA

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is the last person you'd expect to drop the F-bomb in public, but when it comes to next month's test flight of the space agency's Orion deep-space capsule, he's willing to come perilously close.<p>"That's a big deal," Bolden told a luncheon audience last week at the …

Here's The 'Shocking' New Evidence That Black Holes Don't Exist

Don't tell "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan this, but black holes don't exist, according to a scientific paper published earlier this year.<p>Black holes are some of the most extreme environments in space ever conceived by science and are also one of the most gripping visual effects in …

Sustainability, astrobiology illuminate future of life in universe, civilization on Earth

To frame these questions, Frank and Sullivan begin with the famous Drake equation, a straightforward formula used to estimate the number of …

Video: Astronauts Trap GoPro in a Floating Water Bubble… for Science of Course

If this doesn’t put a big fat smile on your face, we’re not sure what will. As part of an experiment on ‘the phenomenon of water surface tension in …

Inside the ESA's Plan To Build the First Moon Base

We've known for years that the European Space Agency was pursuing research aimed at developing a lunar base. And the ESA has continued to build on …

The Science of 'Interstellar': Look Beyond the Wormhole

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi blockbuster, "Interstellar," is winning kudos for its true-to-Einstein depiction of a black hole as well as its off-the-planet exploration agenda.<p>The movie tells the story of a failing Earth — and a last-gasp space mission that sends astronauts through an extradimensional …

Scientists Are About To Experience '7 Hours Of Terror' As A Space Probe Tries To Land On A Comet

Even more difficult? Landing on the surface of a tiny, spinning, rocky comet.<p>Humans have never landed on a comet before, but the European Space Agency hopes to on Nov. 12 in what might be the hardest space mission ever attempted. That day, the ESA Rosetta spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander in …

UCLA Astronomers Reveal The Truth Behind The Glow Cloud At The Center Of Our Galaxy

In 2002, an object later named “G2” was first discovered hurtling towards the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Astronomers weren’t sure what it was, most theorizing that it was a ball of hydrogen gas. When I said “hurtling” earlier, I mean, uh, “space hurtling,” I guess. Which means that …

NASA takes space fans on 3D tour of the ISS

NASA and other space agencies from around the world have had astronauts aboard the ISS for years and years now. The astronauts perform a variety of …

The system that is keeping us alive

Earth. Credits: ESA/NASA<p>I owe my life at this point to five letters: ECLSS. Of course I owe my life to many things, but floating up here in the …

GoPro Camera Captures Insane Footage Inside A Rocket Engine

A GoPro camera has captured a rarely-seen-before sight: the close-up of a rocket just as it's about to take off.<p>To help see all the stages of a …

Virgin Galactic Says It Will Build Another SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic may be badly bruised, but it's not throwing in the towel. Just days after its SpaceShipTwo spaceplane crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert, the Las Cruces, N.M.-based space tourism company said it would continue building another commercial spaceplane.<p>On its …

At last, scientists identify mysterious object at center of galaxy

Astronomers say they have finally identified a strange object – dubbed G2 – circling the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.<p>A mysterious …

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Images Comet, Ducks Storm, Departs Ulysses

Opportunity's planned route south to Cape Tribulation and Marathon Valley is charted here in green. As October 2014 came to an end, the rover had …

What Do Recent Disasters Mean For The Future Of Space Exploration?

Last week was a terrible one for space travel. On Tuesday, an Antares rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded over the launch pad in Virginia. Three days later a Virgin Galactic rocket plane with two pilots on board exploded and crashed during a test flight. One pilot …

The sound the universe makes

We think of space as a silent place. But physicist Janna Levin says the universe has a soundtrack -- a sonic composition that records some of the …

Universe

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Finds Mineral Match

<b>Reddish rock powder from the first hole drilled into a Martian mountain by NASA’s Curiosity rover has yielded the mission’s first confirmation of a</b> …

Some Virgin Galactic seatholders ask for refund on tickets after crash

Company reveals 3% of customers have cancelled as investigators release analysis of pilots’ actions prior to crash<p>• Virgin Galactic space plane’s re-entry system activated early, say investigators<p>Virgin Galactic has revealed that about 20 of the 700 customers who have paid up to £150,000 a head to …