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Tour the breathtaking space photos shortlisted for Astronomy Photographer of the Year

From Venus to the International Space Station, these photos are all shortlisted for the Royal Greenwich Observatory's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016

Astronomy

Scientists are sending fungi into space in the hope of developing new medicines

Scientists are sending four strains of fungi to the International Space Station to see what happens when the tiny organisms contend with the stress of microgravity and space radiation.<p>It's not just for kicks. Researchers say that putting these fungi in an extraterrestrial environment could cause …

Scientists have a new theory on what makes up dark matter

Dark matter and the nature of black holes are two of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics, and now a new theory has linked the two together: Dark matter might actually be composed of a type of black hole.<p>Dark matter, an invisible substance that scientists think makes up 27% of the universe, is a …

New NASA photos of Pluto reveal Earth-like terrain that is "a total, complete mystery" to scientists — Quartz

Close-up imagery of Pluto’s surface has scientists wondering how the dwarf planet’s terrain came to be. The photos, which show expansive mountain ranges and valleys, were taken by the New Horizons probe in July 2015 and were released by NASA this week.<p>“We traveled 3,000 miles and found something a …

Space

It’s a baby-planet! Scientists watch new planet being born from dust (VIDEO) — RT America

A juvenile planet formed around a young star named LkCa 15 in the neighborhood of Taurus, some 450 light years from Earth.<p><i>“This is the first time that we’ve imaged a planet that we can say is still forming,”</i> said Stephanie Sallum, a University of Arizona graduate student who worked on the …

Science

Scientists Say They've Unearthed A Completely New Kind Of Meteorite

Scientists say that in a Swedish quarry, they've uncovered a meteorite unlike any other documented on the planet.<p>Its chemical makeup is unique among the 50,000 meteorites known on Earth, as Birger Schmitz of Sweden's Lund University tells The Two-Way. "This does not resemble anything ... even if we …

Science

Hundreds of New Galaxies Detected in First Image From Super Telescope

Image: MeerKATThe MeerKAT radio telescope isn’t even finished being built, but it’s already released its first image: a small patch of sky showcasing …

Galaxies

Saturn’s moon Titan could have the right chemistry for life

Titan, Saturn's aptly named largest moon, is exactly the kind of place we want to visit: NASA describes it as "one of the most Earth-like worlds we have found to date." It has a dense atmosphere and stable lakes and rivers.<p>Its air isn't breathable (it's almost entirely nitrogen, with a little …

Chemistry

Planet with three suns spotted by astronomers

A gaseous planet with three suns and a mass four times that of Jupiter has been spotted by astronomers.<p>Located 320 light years away in the constellation of Centaurus the planet, known as HD 131399Ab, goes one better than Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in the film Star Wars, which famously …

Space Science

NASA’s Juno spacecraft gears up for a whirlwind tour of Jupiter

By<p>After a five-year journey spanning nearly 3 billion kilometres, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to slam on the brakes. That will allow it to whirl …

NASA

Dramatic Auroras Light Up Jupiter’s Poles

The energetic light shows cover areas larger than our entire planet<p>The aurora borealis on Earth is awe inspiring, but the auroras in Jupiter’s atmosphere are a whole other story. Not only do they cover areas larger than the entire Earth’s surface, but they are hundreds of times more energetic, and …

NASA

Researchers Spotted Something Very Strange in the Sands of Mars

HiRISE image of the Bagnold Dunes (Image: NASA/JPL via Mathieu Lapotre)No, it’s not aliens writing messages in the sand. But there <i>is</i> something weird …

Science

Excitement Builds for the Possibility of Life on Enceladus

Saturn’s frozen moon Enceladus is a tantalizing world—many scientists are increasingly convinced it may be the best place in our solar system to …

Enceladus

Pluto’s Small Moon Nix is Covered in Pure Water Ice

The latest data from NASA’s New Horizons probe reveal a water-ice signature on the surface of Nix, one of Pluto’s five known moons. “Pluto’s small …

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Where is Venus?

The brightest planet Venus isn’t visible anywhere in Earth’s sky now. That’s because it passed behind the sun from Earth earlier this month, and it’s …

Astronomy

The deepest image of a galaxy from Earth

Observing very distant objects in the universe is a challenge because the light which reaches us is extremely faint. Something similar occurs with …

Earth - There are weird bursts of energy coming from deep space

The Universe is never short on the bizarre and the unknown. From black holes to exotic planets, scientists have plenty to ponder.<p>Lately, though, one …

Astronomy

Life on Ceres? Mysterious changes in the bright spots still baffle scientists

Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres continue to puzzle researchers. When recently a team of astronomers led by Paolo Molaro of the Trieste …

Image: NASA's SDO peers into huge coronal hole

After countless fictional scenarios of humans making contact with alien civilisations, you'd think we'd be prepared for actually discovering one. But …

NASA

2016 May 28 - Cat s Eye Wide and Deep

<b>Cat's Eye Wide and Deep</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Josh Smith<p><b>Explanation:</b> The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in …

International Space Station's inflatable room successfully installed

A second attempt to install the BEAM inflatable habitat on the ISS has succeeded.<p>The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, slated in 2014 for a 2015 …

Space

Water on the moon?

Prior to the Apollo missions to the moon, scientists speculated that volatiles - including water - may have accumulated in permanently shaded regions …

Space Science

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

If you’re looking for a fun activity to add to your Memorial Day plans, here’s an easy one: look up. According to NASA, Mars will be making its …

Mars is at its closest point to Earth in 11 years

Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been since 2005 on Monday night, and will continue to appear brighter than usual until 3 June.<p>Keen …

Science

NASA releases spellbinding details of Pluto’s surface (PHOTO, VIDEO)

New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) managed to obtain the pictures some 15,850 kilometers from Pluto's surface in July 2015.<p><i>“With a</i> …

This is the best view of Pluto most of us will see in our lifetime

A new mosaic pieced together by NASA scientists and captured by the New Horizons spacecraft shows off the most detailed view of Pluto many of us will ever see.<p>The high-resolution mosaic shows a huge swath of Pluto as imaged by New Horizons when it flew close by the dwarf planet in July 2015.<p>NASA …

NASA

NASA peers into huge hole in the sun

While you might think the sun has pretty much just one weather pattern – blistering and violent with a chance of radiation poisoning – it can …

Does the Moon Sound Like a Bell?

Though the Apollo lunar modules were built for the sole purpose of landing two men on the surface of the Moon, their usefulness didn’t end after ascending from the lunar surface. NASA used the spent spacecraft for science, directing these modules for controlled crashed into the Moon. These crashes …