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How Would NASA Search for Extraterrestrial Life on Enceladus?

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft prepares for its grand finale at Saturn, scientists have uncovered the first evidence of a potential energy source for …

Oh My God, Look at Saturn's North Pole [Updated]

Recently, Gizmodo space writer Rae Paoletta called Saturn “the golden retriever of the solar system,” and I’m not here to dispute that …

NASA to explore asteroid made of $10,000 quadrillion worth of metal

NASA recently announced it's latest endeavor: Explore a giant metal asteroid the size of Massachusetts.<p>Made up of mostly nickel and iron, the giant hunk of space metal is about three times further away from the Sun than Earth.<p><b>STRIKING RESEMBLANCE: Saturn moon looks like 'Star Wars' Death Star in</b> …

Giant gravity wave spotted on Venus

The wave in Venus' atmosphere could be the biggest seen in the solar system.<p>It looks like a giant ripple across the face of Venus, and that's pretty much what it is. Not long after entering Venusian orbit in December 2015, the Japanese Akatsuki orbiter captured a strange atmospheric phenomenon: a …

Astronomy

Now — And The Physics Of Time

Time is elusive and enigmatic. The moment <i>now</i> is ephemeral.<p>Quandaries and confusion about time date back as far as Aristotle and Augustine, and as recently as Einstein and Feynman.<p>Physicists understand much about time, how its flow varies depending on velocity and gravity, but they haven't reached …

Physics

New Planets Could Be Lurking Far Beyond Neptune

Scientists say planets located beyond Neptune could be altering the orbits of objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system.<p>Hearing about the …

Astronomy

Spacecraft Set to Reveal First Look at Dwarf Planets

NASA spacecraft will finally get a good look this year at Pluto and Ceres, two mysterious and tiny worlds.<p>A pair of small alien worlds, Ceres and Pluto, move into the spotlight this year as spacecraft arrive at their cosmic shores for the first time.<p>NASA's Dawn spacecraft released its first views …

Huge Milky Way Gas Bubbles Clocked at 2 Million Mph

Giant bubbles of gas that erupted from the core of the Milky Way galaxy millions of years ago are expanding out into space at mind-blowing speeds, …

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE?

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE? Interstellar-style 'space time tunnel' may exist in the Milky Way<p><b>If a wormhole exists, it</b> …

Wormholes

Big Pic: The Sun Emitted Three Enormous Flares In 24 Hours

The flares caused radio blackouts for about an hour each.<p>The sun emitted three X-class flares—the most powerful type—over June 10 and June 11. Very sparkly. Each flare blasted enough radiation to cause blackouts in radio communications for about an hour on the sunlit side of Earth, according to the …

Gamma-Ray Flash Sets Astronomers All Atwitter

Andromeda Galaxy

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including the birth of the Universe, edible scorpions and a bear with a slipped disc.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Amazing air displays and breathtaking nature<p>Frightening lightning and dust storms<p>Plane trails and tadpole stars<p>Volcanic plumes and …

Royal Navy

Mercury has a long history of exploding volcanoes

Throughout extended periods of its history, the surface of planet Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions, a new analysis suggests.<p>Considering the …

Astronomy

Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life

Evidence from Cassini spacecraft suggests a large body of liquid water beneath the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus<p>• Interactive: the discovery explained<p>Researchers have discovered a deep saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn, leading scientists to conclude it is the …

Fresh impact crater spied on Mars

<b>A Nasa spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet has spied a fresh impact crater on the Martian surface.</b><p>The hole is about 30m (100ft) in diameter and surrounded by a blast zone of debris punched out of the ground by the meteorite impact.<p>The explosion that generated this crater tossed out debris as …

Imaging

Gaia 'billion-star surveyor' returns test image

<b>Europe's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is on track to begin operations in the next two or three months.</b><p>Launched in December, the satellite has now taken up its observing station some 1.5 million km from Earth.<p>Engineers are currently commissioning Gaia's two telescopes and its three instruments, …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

Infrared image of Saturn’s rings

Cassini spacecraft image of planet Saturn’s rings, in gorgeous detail.<p>This infrared image of Saturn’s rings was taken with the Cassini spacecraft …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Astronomers Wonder at Sight Never Seen Before—The Web That Holds Galaxies Together (Photo)

A stunning light shone from a quasar like a galactic flashlight, illuminating a wondrous sight never before observed—the filaments that bind galaxies …

Universe

Hubble and Spitzer telescopes look deep into space to study early universe

Two venerable space telescopes, the Hubble and the Spitzer, have teamed up to study the very early universe, and here's what they see at the cosmic dawn: a wild and woolly party, with brilliant blue stars that aren't ready to settle down into anything so structured as a conventional spiral …

'Hand of God' Image Captured by Space Telescope (+Photo)

The “Hand of God,” the energized remains of a dead star that resembles a hand, was captured by NASA’s NuSTAR telescope.<p>The image, along with one that …

Tech and Science

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Science

Unknown Force Kicks Stars Out of Milky Way. Really.

If you could see it from the outside, the Milky Way would look like a majestic spiral of stars and glowing gas, rotating on its axis once every 200 …

Why Dust is the Most Important Stuff in the Universe

It’s one of the astronomy’s most popular fun facts, trotted out by everyone from the geeky 1980s cosmic icon Carl Sagan to his impossibly cool heir …

Science and Space

<i>See the rest of</i> TIME’<i>s Top 10 of Everything 2013 lists here</i><p>Ames / JPL-Caltech / NASA<p>10. The Galaxy’s Most Adorable Planet<p>The cosmos don’t often get …

Congressional hearing on search for extraterrestrial life – live updates

Summary<p><b>The hearing has wrapped.</b> No conclusive evidence as to the existence or not of extraterrestrial life emerged today on Capitol Hill. But as multiple committee members were at pains to mention, the hearing was more fun and informative than the usual fare. Here's a summary of where things</b> …

Comet ISON has taken its last gasp, scientists conclude

That once-in-a-lifetime celestial light show was not, it seems, meant to be. Comet ISON, once touted as a top candidate for comet of the century, appears to have fragmented during its swing past the sun last week. Though some NASA images initially suggested that ISON had survived the close …