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International Dark Sky Week – Why You Should Visit an Observatory

Celebrate International Dark Sky Week at a place where the skies are actually dark!<i>Today’s guest blog post is by StarTalk intern Kirk Long. Kirk is</i> …

Tonight’s Leonid Meteor Shower and Answers to Common Questions about Meteors

<i>This guest blog post is by StarTalk intern Kirk Long. Kirk is majoring in physics while minoring in mathematics and piano at Idaho State University.</i><i>A</i> …

The Orionid Meteor Shower – A StarTalk Viewing Guide

<i>This guest blog post is by Kirk Long, StarTalk’s newest intern. Kirk is majoring in physics while minoring in mathematics and piano at Idaho State</i> …

Star Wars - Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back" Homage (Title Sequence)

A team of astronomers found 3 Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away

That search took a cool turn this week … literally. A team of astronomers announced they have found not one but <i>three</i> Earth-size planets orbiting a red dwarf, a tiny and cool star just 40 light-years away!<p>This is very interesting for many reasons: This is the lowest mass full-fledged star ever seen …

World’s most powerful rocket even more powerful than first projected

When it comes to the Space X program, Elon Musk can’t help but boast about the system’s capabilities. This time around the fearless leader of the …

Falcon Heavy

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Did the New Russia-Europe Mars Mission Narrowly Escape a Launch Disaster?

ExoMars is on its way to the Red Planet, but not before a hair-raising turn during the launch.<p>Last week, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Russian partners celebrated a historic launch as the long-awaited ExoMars spacecraft headed off to the Red Planet to search for potential signs of life. …

Most eccentric planet spotted 117 light-years from Earth

Researchers have spotted an extrasolar planet, about 117 light-years from Earth, that boasts the most eccentric orbit ever seen.<p>Scientists from San …

Nasa’s New Horizons finds giant ‘bite mark’ on Pluto’s surface

<b>Washington:</b> Scientists at the Nasa’s New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant “bite mark” on Pluto’s surface. Researchers suggest …

Gravity waves from black holes verify Einstein’s prediction

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — Tremors in the cosmic fabric of space and time have finally been detected, opening a new avenue for exploring the universe.<p>The historic …

Planned Russian satellite would be the 'brightest star in the sky'

A group of Russian engineers has raised over £17,000 to launch a reflective satellite which would be one of the brightest objects in the night …

NASA begins work to build a quieter supersonic passenger jet

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a "low …

Here’s why Scott Kelly’s record mission in space is the ultimate twin study

Over the coming months, NASA scientists will continue to analyze the countless vials of blood, swabs of DNA, and various body scans that Kelly and his twin brother Mark have provided this past year.<p>While Kelly's year in space is plenty enough to warrant a study of the physiological functioning of …

Twelve amazing science stories we can't wait to follow in 2016

When it comes to incredible science, 2015 will be hard to top. Among a number of notable events, we got our first, thrilling look at Pluto, found evidence that liquid water still flows on Mars and began facing the reality that human gene editing is closer than ever thanks to the CRISPR system.<p>But …

This Hypnotizing Illustration Depicts the Whole Known Universe

This is the universe as we know it, if not exactly to scale.<p>What's it like to gaze through a telescope into the heavens? It's a little something like this illustration, which shows the entire observable universe ranked from most distant in the outer part of the circle to our own solar system in the …

Aww Yeah, the James Webb Space Telescope Has Half Its Mirrors!

What better way to spend the holidays than watching NASA technicians scurry around assembling mirror segments on the James Webb Space Telescope? With …

James Webb Space Telescope

Now's Your Last Chance to See Comet Catalina in Your Lifetime

New Year's Day brings a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event.<p>Over the next few weeks, one of the most beautiful comets we’ve ever discovered, Comet …

Astronomy

The day when three NASA astronauts staged a strike in space

Blows on behalf of fair labor treatment don't always have to come from factory workers. Sometimes they're delivered by unionized professors or even multimillionaire ballplayers. On Dec. 28, 1973, or 42 years ago Monday, one was delivered by three U.S. astronauts orbiting the globe in NASA's Skylab …

NASA Needs Lander To Find Life On Ceres

Ceres — the dwarf planet that has kept the world on tenterhooks with each new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft — is still an odds-on favorite to harbor past or even present microbial life, says the mission’s principle investigator.<p>The mysterious bright spots in its Occator crater, however, are now …

NASA Reveals Best Images of Pluto We'll See for Decades

Pluto's looking mighty fine.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in July, and every week it has been sending back data it recorded. The latest …

A Newly Discovered Potentially Habitable Planet Is the Closest Ever

Astronomers at Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) have discovered a planet orbiting an inactive red dwarf star 14 light-years away that …

Astronaut Instagrams Stunning Photos of Earth from Space

Check out all of the continents from space in one Instagram account live from the International Space Station.<p>These photos might make you wish you had fulfilled that childhood dream of being an astronaut after all. Scott Kelly has been chilling up in space since March, and even though he’s …

Astronaut captures Cygnus spacecraft launch from space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is in the middle of spending a whole year on board the International Space Station. He is using some of that ample time in zero gravity to become one of the most prolific photographers to ever orbit the planet (see an impressive collection of photos from fellow astronaut …

15 Breathtaking Astronomy Images Highlighting the Cosmic Beauty of Our Universe

Since 1995, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has been serving up daily doses of cosmic beauty through breathtaking photos of our fascinating universe. Maintained by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP), two professional astronomers who met at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the …

A Japanese Probe That Was Lost in Space for 5 Years Has Finally Made it to Venus

Akatsuki gets second time lucky.<p>There's exciting news for a Japanese spacecraft dubbed Akatsuki. After being lost in space for five years, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) fired up Akatsuki's thrusters at 8:51 AM JST on Monday so that it could get a second chance at orbiting …

Amazing Final Images Of Stars Right Before They Die

The future of our Sun is very clear: someday it will run out of hydrogen in its core, expand into a red giant, where it will fuse helium until it runs out of that. Afterwards, it blows off its outer layers, forming a planetary nebula, while its core contracts down to a white dwarf.<p>This fate, common …

Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company is building a monster engine that'll launch the business to new heights

Blue Origin is the private spaceflight company owned by ambitious billionaire and Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos.<p>In late November, the company successfully flew its New Shepard spaceflight vehicle, which is powered by BE-3 engines.<p>Upon ignition, each BE-3 engine generates 110,000 pounds of thrust — the …

Pluto: New Horizons sends back the best images yet of a distant world

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the highest definition images of Pluto yet, and they are spectacular.<p>In the video above, the dwarf planet's landscape is revealed in unprecedented detail, allowing viewers to peer into craters, examine the fine details of a distant mountain range and …