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A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones

<i>“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena,”</i> Carl Sagan marveled in his iconic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i>. But how, exactly, did that arena come to be and what else populates its decor?<p>In <b>The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy</b> (<i>public</i> …

Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets

Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of them are smaller than Neptune, and four of them are in their …

Cosmic light could close quantum-weirdness loophole

Distant quasars would decide whether quantum entanglement is an illusion.<p>Do you ever feel like the Universe is plotting against you? Strange as it …

Quantum Mechanics

Thousands Of Supermassive Black Holes Could Lurk In New X-Ray Data

Supermassive black holes likely are behind most of the nearly 100,000 new X-ray sources plotted by the Swift X-ray Telescope, according to findings …

Water seems to flow freely on Mars

Any areas of water could be off-limits to all but the cleanest spacecraft.<p>Dark streaks that hint at seasonally flowing water have been spotted near …

European Space Agency

Surface of the Sun as You've Never Seen it

Spotlight on Webb Telescope Test - Dressed in a clean room su…

Spotlight on Webb Telescope Test - Dressed in a clean room suit, NASA photographer Desiree Stover shines a light on the Space Environment Simulator's Integration Frame inside the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Shortly after, the chamber was closed up and engineers used this frame to enclose and help cryogenic (cold) test the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module.<p>The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes …

Spectacular Tarantula Nebula View Captured by Amateur Astronomer (Photo)

The bright core of the Tarantula Nebula is shrouded in shades of purple in this stunning image recently sent in to SPACE.com.<p>Also known as 30 …

Weekend Stargazing: How to See the Famed Constellation Orion

On winter evenings, the sky is filled with bright stars, more than at any other time of the year.<p>Central in the southern sky is the constellation …

NASA's Hubble Looks at a Members-only Galaxy Club - This new…

NASA's Hubble Looks at a Members-only Galaxy Club - This new Hubble image shows a handful of galaxies in the constellation of Eridanus (The River). NGC 1190, shown here on the right of the frame, stands apart from the rest; it belongs to an exclusive club known as Hickson Compact Group 22 (HCG 22). The other galaxies shown here are nearby galaxies 2MASS J03032308-1539079 (center), and dCAZ94 HCG 22-21 (left), both of which are not part of HCG 22.<p>Hickson Compact Groups are incredibly tightly …

Space.com

Photoshop's Tilt-shift Used to Create an Itty-bitty Universe

Imgur user ScienceLlama took images sent from the Hubble Space Telescope and applied the tilt-shift filter from Photoshop CS6. The resulting images …

"The Great Attractor" --Cosmic Flows of the Local Universe

The large-scale structure of the universe is a complex web of clusters, filaments, and voids. Large voids—relatively empty spaces—are bounded by …

The Truth about “Heaven’s Trail”, the Infamous Photo That…

<b>The Truth about “Heaven’s Trail”, the Infamous Photo That Captured the Imagination of Millions</b> ... <i>Oddity Central</i> -- "eaven’s Trail is a breathtaking photograph that went viral almost the moment it was published online a couple of years ago. Like most good things on the internet, the original source was soon lost; no one had any idea where the picture was clicked, or even if it was real.<p>One explanation on the internet was: “There’s this place in Ireland where every two years, the stars line up …

Swirls in remnants of Big Bang may hold clues to universe’s infancy

South Pole Telescope scientists have detected for the first time a subtle distortion in the oldest light in the universe, which may help reveal …

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: Here's Our Best Bet For Finding Life in Space

When astronomers first went about finding planets outside our solar system, the method they used could only detect planets the size of Jupiter. A good start, although not ideal if you're curious about life outside of Earth.<p>"But if you're looking for life as we know it, you want to find familiar …

Universe

Massive Stars Light Up Spiral-Arm Structure of the Milky Way

"The Milky Way is our galactic home and studying its structure gives us a unique opportunity to understand how a very typical spiral galaxy works in …

Watch a Star Blast Out Waves of Light

6,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Puppis an enormous star pulses with light and energy, going through the first throes of its …

The Great Solar Magnetic Flip

Strange Case of the Pulsating Star

Galaxy's Most Precise 3D Map: Gaia Probe Will Make It | Video

Using a billion pixel camera and 2 telescopes, the European spacecraft will scan every star at least 70 times during a 5 year period. This will …

Organic Material Found Trapped in Ancient Meteorite-Formed Glass

Scientists have found organics from Earth's swamp trapped inside of glass created by a meteor impact almost a million years ago. The tiny pockets, …

New Research Affirms That Milky Way Has Four Spiral Arms

Our Milky Way galaxy has four arms instead of two, according to just published results of a 12-year study by scientists in the U.K.<p>The findings, published in the <i>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</i>, affirm what astronomers surmised in the 1950s but began to doubt in 2008 after seeing …