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One of Titan's Strange Seas is Pure Methane

A new study of eight years of radar data collected by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft shows that the planet's largest moon, Titan — the only …

Astronomy

Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the …

Did Earth’s magnetic field collapse for 2 hours on April 23?

An illustration of Earth’s magnetic field shielding our planet from solar particles. Image via NASA/GSFC/SVS.<p>We’ve been getting lots of questions …

How Fast Are You Moving Through Space?

<i>While standing in my back yard, how fast am I moving through space considering Earth’s rotation, Earth’s orbit around the Sun, the Sun’s orbit around the Galaxy, et cetera?</i><p>We can certainly figure this one out, with the caveats presented in one of my last articles – all these speeds that we measure …

Astronomy

Makemake's MK2: Scientists Just Discovered a New Moon in Our Solar System

In case you needed any proof that we still have a huge amount to learn about space, astronomers just discovered a new moon in our own solar …

Astronomy

Nearby massive star explosion 30 million years ago equaled detonation of 100 million suns

M74 is one of only a few dozen galaxies first cataloged by the astronomer Charles Messier in the late 1700s. It has a spiral structure—also the Milky …

Physics

Study of Titan sea reveals unexpected composition

We've known for more than a decade that the largest of Saturn's moons plays hosts to lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons, but the exact make-up of …

Methane

Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image …

Space

Space Images: Wallpaper

Crab Nebula, as Seen by Herschel and Hubble<p>Fullscreen download sizes: <br>800 x 600<br>1024 x 768<br>1280 x 1024<br>1600 x 1200<p>Widescreen download sizes: <br>1280 x …

NASA

Death Plunge Of Venus Spacecraft Reveals Surprisingly Cold Temperatures On The Hottest Planet

In December 2014, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express probe was purposefully sent to its death in the atmosphere of Venus at the end of …

Physics

15 Spectacular Hubble Images You Have to See

Twenty-six years ago Sunday, the Hubble Space Telescope launched aboard the Discovery space shuttle, zooming into space to provide us with an …

Photography

What Are Cosmic Rays?

Cosmic rays are atom fragments that rain down on the Earth from outside of the solar system. They blaze at the speed of light and have been blamed …

Cosmology

A Brilliant 4K Ultra High-Definition View of the Earth Seen From the International Space Station

NASA has released a video showing a 4K ultra high-definition view of the Earth seen from the International Space Station as part of its ongoing …

NASA

Cassini finds interstellar dust during its Solstice flyby of Enceladus

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is a frozen world, but it isn’t frozen <i>solid</i>. Colossal cryovolcanoes near the ice-locked moon’s south pole send plumes from …

NASA

NASA Celebrates Hubble's 26th Birthday With Some Spectacular New Space Porn

What better way to celebrate Hubble’s 26th birthday than by releasing a gorgeous new photo taken by the intrepid space telescope. Behold the Bubble …

NASA

Ceres' fantastical craters pop in new NASA images

NASA's Dawn spacecraft got an eyeful of the impressive craters that dot the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, and they're a sight to behold.<p>Dwarf planet …

Space

NASA has detected a burst of light that might be linked to one of the most monumental space discoveries ever made

In September, physicists made a monumental discovery that opened up a new window to the universe.<p>Using equipment called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the researchers detected ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, something Einstein’s …

NASA

Earth from Hubble, WOW is this real?

M79 and its special bright star - Deep Sky Videos

Billionaire Yuri Milner And Stephen Hawking Team Up To Send Nanospaceships To Alpha Centauri

Last summer, billionaire technology investor Yuri Milner announced he was investing $100 million into searching for extraterrestrial life.<p>Today, the billionaire science philanthropist has once again teamed up with physicist Stephen Hawking to announce a new investment – $100 million with a goal of …

Stephen Hawking

Astronomers in South Africa discover mysterious alignment of black holes

Deep radio imaging by researchers in the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape, in South Africa, has revealed that supermassive …

South Africa

Black hole as massive as 17 billion suns surprises astronomers

German, U.S. and Canadian scientists have stumbled upon one of the largest supermassive black holes discovered to date in a place they never would …

Black Holes

When The Sun Brings Darkness And Chaos

I looked at the sun with longing this morning, wondering when its rays would warm up the air. Monday, we had a snowstorm around Hanover, NH, of the kind that must have inspired T. S. Elliot's famous opening words from <i>The Waste Land</i>, "April is the cruelest month..."<p>Of course, the sun is doing its …

Astronomy

Black Hole Jets Hotter Than Expected

New observations of a jet-emitting black hole show astonishing temperatures inside the jets of 10 trillion degrees Kelvin — a toasty 18 trillion …

Quasars

Close up of the Bubble Nebula

It's the bubble versus the cloud.

Astronomy

Scientists Spot A Baby Earth Orbiting A Young Sun

ALMA image of the planet-forming disk around the young, Sun-like star TW Hydrae. The inset image zooms in on the gap nearest to the star, which is at …

Solar System

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

There's a Giant Ice Mountain on Saturn's Largest Moon

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASIIf and when the space tourism industrytakes off, Saturn’s moon Titan ought to be one our first destinations—especially …

Moon Missions