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Hubble's latest deep field imagery is the most colorful picture of the universe we've ever taken

Want to feel amazed, isolated and inspired all at the same time? Look to the stars. From here on Earth, space seems like an endless empty void -- but anybody familiar with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope know things look a bit more lively from orbit. For the last decade, the orbiting machinery has …

NASA releases spectacular X-ray image of an entire spiral galaxy

This is <i>The Whirlpool—</i>the common name of M51, a spiral galaxy estimated to be 50,000 to 100,000 light years across. The purple dots that make it look …

Hubble captures incredible star explosion in four-year time-lapse video

I never imagined I was going to see something like this: A video of a star bursting in space, illuminating the interstellar dust around it at the …

Picture of the Day: The Birth of a Star

Photograph by ESA/Hubble & NASA<p>In this incredible image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, we are witness to the birth of a star.<p>This new Hubble …

What would happen to you if the Earth stopped spinning?

We humans take it for granted that the Earth is constantly rotating. But what if it didn't? What if one day the Earth just stopped spinning? That's what popular curiosity seeker Michael Stevens, aka Vsauce on YouTube, set out to answer with his latest video.<p>The answer, of course, is simple: we …

Big Bang researchers aren't so sure they have proof of cosmic ripples

Remember that evidence of the early gravitational waves formed by the Big Bang? Apparently, it's not as surefire as scientists once thought. The newly peer-reviewed findings note that there's "unquantifiable uncertainty" in the source data; cosmic dust in the astronomers' map of the universe may …

Mars One Wants to Send Your Experiments to the Red Planet

The nonprofit organization that has raised eyebrows with its plans to send people on a one-way mission to Mars is now accepting proposals for …

Space Exploration

Puzzling X-rays in Perseus might point to dark matter

Astronomers have detected a mysterious X-ray anomaly that might be a signal of dark matter, the elusive, invisible stuff that makes up most of our …

Higgs quest deepens into realm of 'New Physics'

"It would give us a very good hint that there is physics there beyond the Standard Model and that there's new, additional physics coming soon," said …

Ancient Asteroid Impacts Left Serpentine Traces On Vesta: Study

While “dark materials” may leave some of us thinking about a certain Philip Pullman book series, on the asteroid Vesta its presence belies something …

Astronomy

The Moon's two faces: Why are they so different?

Our Moon is weird. It’s pretty big compared with Earth, for one. It has a way lower density than Earth, but seems to have some similarities in …