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Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

24 Microwave Recipes For When You're Hungry But Lazy

Lazy chefs, represent.

Mars at opposition: how to watch the red planet in big, bright detail this weekend

On May 22, the sun, the Earth, and the planet Mars will line up for a once-in-two-years treat called "the opposition of Mars." It's a chance to see the red planet in big, bright, detail.<p>This event is called an "opposition" simply because Mars will be directly opposite the sun in orbit. It's special …

Why Don't Planets Hit Each Other?

<i>Why don’t planets orbiting the Sun ever hit each other?</i><p>They did! The current solar system is the stable aftermath of a fairly violent growth period, so what we see now is the result of a several-billion-years-long evolution.<p>Many of the objects in the universe didn’t begin their existence in the …

Astronomy

11 bizarre things the Mars Orbiter has spotted on the red planet

Ten years ago this week, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) began its visit to the red planet.<p>In the time since, the MRO has completed about …

The Jesuit Priest Who Believed in God and the Singularity

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s ideas may have been ahead of his time.<p>In 1915, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was serving on the front lines of World War I. Somewhere in the blood, sweat, and death of never-ending trench warfare, Teilhard glimpsed something that would haunt him: the vast …

Artificial Intelligence

The Largest Cosmic Structures In The Universe Don’t Actually Exist

Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Groups and Clusters are all real. But Superclusters? They’re nothing more than optical illusions.<p><i>“It is far harder to kill</i> …

NASA has figured out how Mars was stripped clean of water

What happened to Mars’ atmosphere? NASA thinks it knows.<p>Around 3.7 to 4.2 billion years ago, the red planet’s atmosphere was the same size or bigger than the Earth’s, but today it’s about 100 times thinner than on our planet. The answer, it turns out, is blowing in the wind.<p>Solar winds, to be …

Space

Ben Carson: Evolution Is Satanic and the Big Bang Is a Fairy Tale

At one point in time, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson may have been best known as an excellent, even groundbreaking, neurosurgeon. In recent …

Ben Carson

Has Stephen Hawking solved the mystery of black holes?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Black holes have a way of capturing our imagination. That's why when Stephen Hawking recently talked about them the media went wild.<p>But what was he really saying? Was it a breakthrough moment?<p>At the Hawking Radiation Conference organized by Laura Mersini-Houghton, a professor of physics at …

Astrophysics

Double black hole is powering quasar, astronomers find

<b>(CNN) —</b> Single black holes are impressive enough, but astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a galaxy being powered by a quasar that contains two of the time-space benders, "furiously whirling about each other," the space agency observed in a news release.<p>The galaxy, known …

Astrophysics

Water on Mars: Last lake to exist on surface of red planet discovered

The last lake to exist on the surface of Mars has been discovered by scientists, who say it probably would have been habitable throughout much of its …

Universe

9 (Mostly) No-Bake Icebox Cakes

On the hottest of days, icebox cake is your secret weapon. Pick from Food Network's best recipes.<p>Kana Okada, Kana Okada 2014<p>When summer decides to …

The science behind a Blue Moon

A Blue Moon is the second full moon to appear in a calendar month - but what about the science and beliefs surrounding them?<p>A rare blue moon will be visible in the sky on July 31 for the first time in three years. The event coincides with the start of the meteor observing season which will peak in …

Astronomy

Revealed: The speech Nixon would have given had Armstrong and Aldrin got stuck on the moon

In a depressing alternate reality, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin successfully landed on the moon only to get stuck there after a critical equipment …

Buzz Aldrin

NASA Releases New Image of Earth

NASA released the first image of Earth from its Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite on Monday.<p>The image shows a sunlit Earth from one million …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

See Why NASA Is Dying to Visit Jupiter's Moon Europa

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Why You Won’t Notice The Earth Being Sucked Into A Black Hole

Black holes have a scary name, and it’s somewhat fitting: They’re dead stars, floating in space, with such powerful gravitational force not even light can escape it. Obviously, the Earth being sucked into one would a disaster and end all human life. Or maybe not, according to new research.<p>Here’s …

Physics

NASA moves forward with mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Soon we may know if this space rock can support life<p>In the search for life elsewhere in our solar system, NASA just passed a significant milestone. The agency’s Europa mission, a plan to send a data collecting probe to Jupiter’s icy moon, has finally moved from concept phase to development phase. …

Mars scientists leave dome after 8 months isolation

A team of scientists has emerged from an eight-month stay in an isolation dome built to simulate conditions on Mars.<p>The "crew" has been living inside …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Did 'Iron Rain' Bypass the Moon to Fall Mostly on Earth?

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. The publication contributed this article to Space.com's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Incorporated

Extrasolar Planets Are, Almost, Everywhere (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. The publication contributed this article to Space.com's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Scientists discover theory-defying black hole 12 billion times the size of the Sun

“Current theory is for a limit to how fast a black hole can grow, but this black hole is too large for that theory”<p>Researchers from Peking University and the University of Arizona discovered what is being called a "monster black hole," which is powering the brightest quasar yet found. Results of …

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

Dinosaurs

Pete Morelli: Penalty not warranted

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As the Dallas Cowboys celebrated their 24-20 wild-card win Sunday, the Detroit Lions left with questions.<p>With 8:25 left in the …

Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.

Astronomy

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist

A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years<p>A mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with the Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.<p>Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, …

Richard Dawkins

Beautiful Map Reveals The Evolution Of The Protoplanet Vesta

My, what epic epochs you have there<p>More than a million miles away from Earth, Vesta sits cold and dark in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Depending on what naming scheme you use, Vesta is either the largest asteroid in the solar system, or a very small planet.<p>A few billion years ago, …