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How researchers listen for gravitational waves

A century ago, Albert Einstein postulated the existence of gravitational waves in his General Theory of Relativity. But until now, these distortions …

Scientific Research

Where's Pluto? How to Find the Dwarf Planet in the Sky

With naked eye and binoculars, locate Pluto in relation to the well-known "teapot" asterism of Sagittarius. It is close to the stars Chi2 and Omicron …


More detail revealed in lastest Pluto images

Pluto on May 12, 2015 imaged by New Horizons' LORRI instrument from 75,000,000 km. Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL

Pluto on May 12, 2015 imaged by New …

Solar System

Does the North Star ever move?

The North Star, also known as Polaris, is known to stay fixed in our sky. It marks the location of the sky’s north pole, the point around which the …


Water: the strangest chemical in the universe – video


Watch a Superfast Jet of Gas Burst from a Massive Black Hole

It's traveling at 98% the speed of light, from a galaxy 260 million light years away

If you thought the destructive laserlike beams from Star Wars’ Death Star were just a figment of George Lucas’s imagination, think again– beams of energy powerful enough to cross galaxies are real, and the Hubble …


Mars Curiosity Rover Changes Route and Finds Intriguing Rocks

NASA's Curiosity rover Curiosity has found a new route to some interesting rocks on Mars after its original path proved too difficult to traverse.

Scientists want the car-size Curiosity rover to check out a "geological contact" where two different rock units meet. Curiosity tried to reach such a …


Astronomers Observe a Supernova Colliding with Its Companion Star

Type Ia supernovae, one of the most dazzling phenomena in the universe, are produced when small dense stars called white dwarfs explode with …


Voyager 1 is in the interstellar space. Is beyond our solar system. The NASA…

Clearest Photo Ever Of Ceres' Bright Spots Still Doesn't Answer Mystery

See spots. See spots shine. See shining spots puzzle scientists.

The mystery surrounding a cluster of glowing spots on the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, was highlighted Wednesday when NASA released the highest-resolution photo of the spots ever taken:


A Tale of Four Supernovas

Explosions are always messy, and this is especially true when combustion occurs on a cosmic scale.

In space, small, dead stars called white dwarfs occasionally blow themselves to smithereens, producing enough light to drown out entire galaxies. Astronomers use these explosions – called type 1a …


Most Luminous Known Galaxy Shines Brighter Than Light of 300 Trillion Suns

NASA researchers have identified the brightest galaxy ever encountered, which shines in the infrared wavelength with the equivalent light of 300 trillion suns.

The "extremely luminous infrared galaxy," or ELIRG, was encountered in data from 2010's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The WISE space …


Space timelapse shows planet Earth in infrared light

A series of satellite images shows the Earth in infrared light, giving a glimpse into spatial phenomena usually unseen by the human eye

Planet Earth in full view can be both a beautiful and inspiring sight, but one scientist has given us a view of the Earth we don't usually see.

The video shows the …


Will The Milky Way Get Strangled To Death?

It was a neighboring galaxy, in a cluster, with the rope

Just like lifeforms here on earth, galaxies can die. And it isn't always pretty. A paper published in Nature suggests that most galaxies die by strangulation.

A galaxy is pronounced dead (or quiescent, which doesn't sound as dramatic) when it …


13 awe-inspiring NASA photos of space

Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the views from space do. Whether the cameras are turned toward the stars, or back at Earth, there’s …

Space Science

Astronomical Jackpot: Quasar Quartet Is Spotted for First Time

A giant nebula in the early universe hits the jackpot when it comes to rare, bright objects known as quasars, boasting four within surprisingly close proximity to one another. The first known quasar quartet lies in a cloud of cool gas that could provide a clue to the objects' unusual …


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This sunspot region is the source for most of the recent solar activity. It'll be facing Earth a few days from now...

Solar Cycle

Alien Megastorms of Colossal Brown Dwarfs (Weekend Feature)

What a brown dwarf storm might look like. The clouds are made of magnesium, silicon and aluminum, with rain showers of sand and liquid iron. The …


Spooky Quantum Action Might Hold the Universe Together

Tensor networks could connect space-time froth to quantum information.The post Spooky Quantum Action Might Hold the Universe Together appeared first …

Theoretical Physics

Traffic around Mars gets busy

This graphic depicts the relative shapes and distances from Mars for five active orbiter missions plus the planet’s two natural satellites. Image …


Found: The Furthest Galaxy From Earth

A long time ago, this galaxy formed far, far away

More than 13 billion light years from our tiny planet, an ancient galaxy lurks. Named EGS-zs8-1, it’s an extremely luminous cluster of stars—and it’s the farthest galaxy we’ve ever seen.

EGS-zs8-1 was identified originally by images taken with the …


Astronomers Measure Distance to Farthest Galaxy Yet

Leapfrogging backward in time to when the universe was apparently feeling its oats, a group of astronomers reported Tuesday that they had measured a bona fide distance to one of the farthest and thus earliest galaxies known.

The galaxy, more than a few billion light-years on the other side of the …

Mauna Kea

The 1st Close-Up of a Lava Lake on Jupiter's Moon Io -The Volcanic Epicenter of the Solar System

The largest of these volcanic features, named Loki after the Norse god often associated with fire and chaos, is a volcanic depression called patera …


Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris

This 2013 graphic shows the cloud of space junk surrounding Earth.
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/JSC

The International Space Station …


Declassified Documents: US Nuclear Tests On The Moon

No one knew about Project A119 as it was secret up until the mid-1990s, when writer Keay Davidson, who was writing a biography on Carl Segan …

Famous Space Pillars Feel the Heat of Star's Explosion

The three iconic space pillars photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 might have met their demise, according to new evidence from …


Pluto images reveal intriguing bright spot near pole

Check out the best images yet of the dwarf planet Pluto.

The moving images of Pluto and its Texas-sized moon Charon you see below were taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which has spent nine years on a high-speed journey to the outer reaches of the solar system.

They are just marginally better …


The Pillars of Creation revealed in 3-D

Using the MUSE instrument on the European Southern Observtory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have produced the first complete 3-D …


Lava Lake on Moon of Jupiter Revealed in Remarkable Detail

The two mirrors of an Arizona telescope reveal heat rising from the horseshoe-shaped Loki lava lake on the moon Io.

For the first time ever, researchers on Earth have been able to capture detailed images of the heat rising from an active volcano on another body in the solar system.

Using its twin …