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Hypnotic GIFs of Anthony Howe’s Kinetic Wind Sculptures

Artist Anthony Howe's 3D kinetic sculptures are massive, moving pieces that utilize the united visual power of wind, metal, and mirrors. We first discovered his spectacular work earlier this year and now, thanks to VICE's <i>The Creators Project</i>, a series of equally hypnotic gifs (created by Jordan …

Sculpture

How to See Mars in September 2013: The Red Planet Pierces the Beehive & More

Launch season for Mars missions is almost upon us once again.<p>This is a time when spacecraft can achieve an optimal trajectory to reach the Red …

Astronomy

You might see some meteors in early September

The peak of the Aurigid meteor shower has passed, but you still might see meteors in early September. Expect a handful each hour in a clear, dark sky.<p>…

How far is a light-year?

How can we comprehend the distances to the stars? This post explains light-years in terms of a scale of miles and kilometers.<p>Stars other than our sun …

Astronomy

Use Big Dipper to find North Star

Tonight’s chart shows Polaris and the Big and Little Dippers for a September evening. You can use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, which is also known …

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the red planet.<p>Professor Steven Benner, a geochemist, has argued that the …

3 Ways Space Could Kill Us Today

This universe, or the next, could kill us at any moment.<p>While popular fiction is glutted with robot uprisings, zombie plagues, and apocalyptic …

UCL: Historic Space Pictures Published Online for the First Time - Telegraph

Who Invented the Telescope?

The telescope is one of humankind's most important inventions. The simple device that made far away things look near gave observers a new …

Why we might not be able to live on the Moon

The suggestion that regions of the Moon have ancient ice triggered much hope that we could colonise it. Sadly, it’s looking ever less likely that it’s possible.<p>The US space agency Nasa sells dreams. There’s nothing wrong with that – after all, space and its exploration have always been a source of …

Hydrogen Cyanide and Life's Origin

How many different molecules can be created when you release one of the Universe’s most reactive substances, hydrogen cyanide, in the lab? And will …

Chemistry

New Podcasts: Precession and Acceleration

We’ve got two new podcasts from the Astronomy Cast team of Dr. Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain: Ep. 313: Precession, and Episode 314: Acceleration. <b><br>313:</b> …

How Did the Moon Form?

The night sky just wouldn’t feel right without the Moon. Where did our our friendly, familiar satellite come from?<p>Scientists and philosophers have …

Astronomy

No More Night? The Meaning of the Loss of Darkness

For Earth's first 4 billion years of existence, light and dark followed a predictable 24-hour cycle. Across an ever-increasing amount of Earth's …

Why Does the Earth Spin?

In a classic episode of this video series, I did the calculations for how fast the Earth is spinning.<p>We know the Earth is rotating, but why? Why is …

A Year of Incredible Space Photos: Royal Observatory's Winning Images

Author: Adam Mann<p>01:00 am<p><i>All images copyright their creators</i><p><i>All captions courtesy of the Royal Observatory Greenwich</i>

Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole? A New Theory Of The Universe's Creation

Could the famed “Big Bang” theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a …

Space: How cold does it get when we leave Earth?

This isn’t an idle question, if you’re thinking of sending spacecraft and people up there. Or if you want to test fundamental theories in quantum physics.<p>How cold is it in space? That question is sure to prompt the geeks among us to pipe up with “2.7K”. For 2.7 Kelvin, or 2.7 degrees above absolute …

Quantum Mechanics

Isaac Asimov’s Wise and Witty Response to Those Who Question the Value of Investing in Space Exploration

The quest to understand our place in the cosmos has long mesmerized humanity. Dreams of space travel captivated our collective imagination long before the Space Race materialized as a reality. Indeed, this very spirit of exploration and curiosity has been, as Brian Cox elegantly put it, “the rocket …

Why does the sun rise due east and set due west at the equinox?

At the equinox, the sun is on the celestial equator. And the celestial equator intersects all of our horizons at points due east and due west.<p>Yes, it …

The Moon Is 100 Million Years Younger Than Thought

The moon is quite a bit younger than scientists had previously believed, new research suggests.<p>The leading theory of how the moon formed holds that …

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

How Do Black Holes Form?

Black holes are the most exotic and awe inspiring objects in the Universe.<p>Take the mass of an entire star. Compress it down into an object so compact …

A unique glance into the Sun's atmosphere

Three months after the flight of the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research …

Did We Steal Our Moon From Venus?

Is our planet a dirty thief?<p>Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, gave an intriguing speech at the Origin of the Moon conference in London this week. The most widely accepted theory about the Origin of the Moon is called the "giant impact theory," which is pretty much what you …

Astronomy