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The 12 craziest Hubble pictures of all time

Otherworldly desktop backgrounds.<p>↑ The Hubble Space Telescope has continuously unleashed a stream of jaw-dropping intergalactic imagery since it launched on April 24, 1990. Not only do these images, which look more like paintings at first glance, allow researchers to study distant worlds, galaxies …

Cosmology

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

Scientists think we could be on the verge of new physics

And the latest results from CERN indicate that we might be on the verge of new physics.<p>The data looks at a special particle called a B meson.<p>The current theory of particle physics, the Standard Model, has very specific predictions on the frequency and angle at which the B meson decays, but it …

Physics

Hubble image: Dormant black hole, in a word, is gargantuan

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Hubble Space Telescope has given scientists their sharpest-ever look at a known galaxy containing an enormous black hole.<p>The supermassive black hole is in a galaxy called NGC 4889, one of several in the Coma Cluster, officials said Thursday.<p>According to NASA, every galaxy has a …

Universe

These 10 space images look unbelievable, but are actually real (pictures)

Moon in front of the Earth

Astronomy

Earth is actually two planets, scientists conclude

The early Earth was mixed with a baby planet called Theia following a head on collision 4.5 billion years ago, scientists have found<p>Earth is actually made up from two planets which came together in a head-on collision that was so violent it formed the Moon, scientists have concluded.<p>Initially it …

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter of 7,926 miles, the Milky Way's is …

Universe

Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal

Cosmologist’s tweet appears to confirm rumours of discovery that could ‘open a new window on the universe’<p>Not for the first time, the world of physics is abuzz with rumours that gravitational waves have been detected by scientists in the US.<p>Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State …

Physics

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

Biology

The 15 most jaw-dropping images of Earth from space in 2015

The Earth Observations team at NASA's Johnson Space Center selected the 15 best photographs, which we've republished here.<p>Check them out, then head over to NASA to view their full image gallery.

South America

BBC - Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that<p><i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human …

Black Holes

The Hottest Space Porn of 2015

We got up close and personal with a bunch of beautiful space rocks this year.<p>If 2014 made space look easy, 2015 made it look hot.<p>Thanks to boundary-pushing missions that have taken us closer than ever before to a bunch of photogenic space bodies and increasingly high resolution imaging …

Solar System

Risk of comet hitting Earth is greater than previously thought, say researchers

Monitoring of space objects should include giant ‘centaurs’ that could rain down debris for thousands of years, astronomers recommend<p>Earth could be at higher risk of being hit by a comet than widely thought, according to astronomers who have suggested keeping a closer eye on distant objects.<p>Most …

Astronomy

Cern's potential new particle discovery is 'a total game changer'

The team at Cern's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland may have discovered a new particle. In its first set of significant results since the …

Physics

These are the 4 likeliest places we'll find alien life

Distant moons, asteroids, and mysterious objects drifting beyond Pluto have yet to be explored.<p>There's no telling what we may yet discover — but life beyond Earth is a distinct possibility.<p>During a recent live TED Talk in New York, NASA planetary scientist Jim Green described the four most likely …

Astronomy

Nasa's Dawn throws light on giant bright spots on Ceres

Fresh images from Nasa’s probe reveal sparkly patches on dwarf planet likely to be water vapour emanating from subsurface ice<p>When Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft reached the largest object in the asteroid belt earlier this year, mission scientists were baffled to find that the alien terrain gleamed with …

Astronomy

Bizarre physics doubted by Einstein just led to the first-ever prediction of a supernova

Astronomers have pinpointed exactly when and where we can see the cataclysmic explosion of a giant star, called a supernova, from start to finish.<p>Their first-ever prophecy of a supernova is based on something photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014: four stars blowing up at once.<p>In …

Universe

Here’s how to search for alien life on distant planets

In a telescope like those we have on Earth, those aliens would likely just see the Earth and sun merged together into a single pale yellow dot.<p>If they were able to separate the Earth from the sun, they'd still only see a pale blue dot.<p>There would be no way for them to image our planet's surface and …

Astronomy
Astronomy

What else is possible if space and time can change?

<i>Editor’s note: Scientists said today that after more than a half-century search, they have finally detected gravitational waves — the ripples in the</i> …

Earth May Wear An Invisible Fur Coat Made Of Dark Matter

Mysterious substance may form hairs that are hundreds of thousands of miles long<p>Regular matter--the stuff that makes up everything humans have ever seen or felt--makes up just 5 percent of the universe. The rest is made up of dark matter and dark energy.<p>Although we’ve never detected dark matter, …

Over a thousand years ago, the sun exploded — and changed life on Earth forever

Not by aliens, but by a natural event—and it was very, very powerful.<p>Whatever it was, it subtly altered the chemistry of our planet's atmosphere, creating trace amounts of radioactive elements like chlorine-36, beryllium-10, and carbon-14.<p>And those provide the clue to what the event was: Those …

Magnetism

Astronomers are freaking out over this newly discovered Earth-sized planet — and for good reason

The exoplanet, dubbed GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth and lives in a solar system roughly 39 light-years from Earth, a team of scientists reported in the November 12, 2015, issue of the journal Nature.<p>Furthermore, the exoplanet is the closest rocky Earth-sized exoplanet ever discovered, by far.<p>…

Science

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

Such events are very rare, but astronomers managed to record incredible footage of the aftermath this summer.<p>The black hole is part of star system called V404 Cygni. The black hole is about 12 times more massive than the sun and is nearly 46 quadrillion miles away from Earth. Over at least the last …

Universe

Physicists Probe Antimatter For Clues To How It All Began

Our world is made of matter. "Everything you see and feel — your laptop, your desk, your chair — they are all ordinary matter," says Aihong Tang, a researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory.<p>But matter has a counterpart called antimatter. Each kind of fundamental particle of matter has an …

Physics

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War

Rosetta finds oxygen on comet 67P in 'most surprising discovery to date'

Oxygen revealed to be fourth most abundant gas in the comet’s atmosphere, contradicting long-held theories of comet formation<p>Scientists on the Rosetta mission have found oxygen in the gas cloud around comet 67P in what they described as the most surprising discovery about the comet to date.<p>It is …

Space

'Batman v Superman' Fan Theory Says Christian Bale Will Return

The relationship between a comic book movie fan and the inevitable franchise reboot is that of ex-lovers debating whether to give it another go. Fraught with distrust, a fanboy or -girl may twist and turn in bed, failing to find sleep while being kept up with thoughts of the pros and cons of …

Comic Books

The 15 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Astronomy

‘Alien megastructure’ could explain mysterious new Kepler results

Strange signals from a distant star are defying natural explanation. There is a remote chance that they could be from an ‘alien megastructure’<p>There’s a new mystery in the universe and it goes by the name KIC 8462852. It is a star approximately 1500 light years away from the Earth, and displays a …

Universe