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An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

Astrophysics

How SpaceX plans to bring speedy broadband to the whole world

The first "Starlink" satellites are set to launch aboard a Falcon 9 on Wednesday. It could be the start of a whole new way to share Elon Musk memes.<p>SpaceX on Wednesday is set to launch two small prototype satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, the beginning of what Elon Musk and his company hope will …

Space Travel

Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased the Number of Asteroids We Can Mine

Asteroid mining is about more than just heading up into space and bringing back a rock full of platinum—you actually need to land something on just …

Space Exploration

Kepler scientists discover almost 100 new exoplanets

Based on data from NASA's K2 mission, an international team of scientists has confirmed nearly 100 new exoplanets. This brings the total number of …

Universe

Surprise Discovery Shows We Have Been Totally Wrong About The Size of Andromeda Galaxy

Whaaaat?<p>A new technique for measuring the mass of galaxies has been applied to our closest galactic neighbour - and it has found that the Andromeda …

Astrophysics

Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Core Booster Crashed

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Monday (Feb. 12) to share some new details on last week's Falcon Heavy test flight, including why the massive …

Space Travel

Who's Going to Buy the International Space Station?

For sale: orbiting space station. Room for eight. Fantastic views of Earth. Commercial opportunities for zero-g manufacturing, research lab, or …

Space Exploration

We Just Got More Details on How The Moon Left Earth 4 Billion Years Ago

It was a crazy breakup.<p>That orbiting lump of rock we call the Moon is thought to have been formed by a giant object smashing into Earth's crust, and …

Astronomy

Newly Discovered Super-Earth Give Clues On How Planets Form

In a constellation 100 light years away, Carnegie astronomers discover largest super-earth to date<p>In the Pisces constellation, 100 light-years away, …

Universe

Mysterious Object is 570 Billion Times Brighter than the Sun

Billions of light years away, there is a huge ball of hot gas that is brighter than hundreds of billions of suns. It is hard to visualize something …

Astrophysics

Fresh raw imagery from NASA’s Juno orbiter puts Jupiter’s fans in 11th heaven

NASA’s Juno orbiter has sent back its 11th crop of close-ups from Jupiter, and that means it’s time for another eye-opening, jaw-dropping photo album …

Astronomy

These record-breaking pictures were taken by the farthest camera from Earth

They may not look like much more than blue-green smudges, but the images are record-breakers. The machine that took these photos was farther from Earth than any other functioning camera in existence.<p>NASA released the pictures, captured at the end of 2017 by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, on …

Astronomy

Are you rocky or are you gassy? Astronomers unlock the mysteries of super-Earths

A star about 100 light years away in the Pisces constellation, GJ 9827, hosts what may be one of the most massive and dense super-Earth planets …

Universe

Good news for Starman: Spacefaring Tesla Roadster will miss Mars and asteroids

It took a day or two, but astronomers have figured out where the Tesla Roadster launched into deep space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is …

Tesla

Ceres

Introduction<p>Dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the only dwarf planet located in the inner …

Astronomy

Here's what will happen to the Tesla that SpaceX shot into space

Experts predict smooth sailing — and, ultimately, salvage.<p>The Tesla Roadster that rode SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket into space Tuesday afternoon seems poised to overshoot its mark, with company CEO Elon Musk tweeting a diagram showing that the car's current trajectory will take it beyond Mars and …

Tesla Roadster

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

Falcon Heavy

Astronomers Just Measured The Strongest Magnetic Field Ever Seen on The Sun

The active region was wider than Jupiter.<p>Four years ago, a monster sunspot complex broke a solar record. As astronomers have just figured out, it was …

Astronomy

After Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk revealed 7 wild things

From a floating catcher's mitt to manned missions and testing his Mars spaceship, the SpaceX CEO shares some surprising details and plans during his victory lap.<p>Following the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, founder and real-life comic book character …

Space Travel

#StarMan: Watch live views of Elon Musk's SpaceX 'pilot' driving Tesla Roadster in Space

We were promised flying cars, and we finally pretty much got 'em. Elon Musk, Tesla, and SpaceX's 'Live Views of Starman' is the first car commercial …

Elon Musk

Falcon Heavy: Watch the Livestream of the SpaceX Rocket Launch Today

SpaceX’s big day is almost here. On Tuesday, the firm will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket — billed as the “world’s most powerful rocket” — for the …

Space Travel

Nearby Trappist-1 star system is best place to find alien life, astronomers discover

New observations of a tightly packed family of planets 40 light years from Earth have confirmed that it could be the best place to find life outside …

Universe

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Moon

The Moon, it hovers above us in the night sky like omnipresent orb of celestial secrets, but there are a fair few facts that we do know about it - …

Astronomy

This new multiverse theory will blow your mind

You’ve read about them in sci-fi novels, seen them in sci-fi movies, and virtually entered them through sci-fi video games, but is there any way …

Physics

Japan launches smallest rocket ever to carry satellite into orbit

Japan has set a new spaceflight record -- and unlike most of these feats, it's defined by what <i>wasn't</i> involved. The country's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched the smallest-ever rocket to carry a satellite into orbit, a modest SS-520 sounding rocket modified with a third …

Space Exploration

A spacecraft is using the Martian atmosphere to get closer to the planet

The ExoMars orbiter is going strong, and slowing down.<p>Whether screeching to a halt or gently lowering your speed, slowing down can be hard on Earth. But when braking in a vacuum you need to get creative. That’s why spacecraft like NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the European Space Agency’s …

Space

Planets beyond our galaxy spotted for the first time

Scientists have used light bent by gravity itself to detect planets over 3 billion light-years away from Earth.<p>Our Milky Way galaxy is massive at around 100,000 light-years across, making the prospect of directly observing any planets beyond our galaxy with conventional telescopes basically …

Universe

Outflows From Black Holes are Creating New Molecules Where There Should Only be Destruction

During the 1960s, scientists discovered a massive radio source (known as Sagittarius A*) at the center of the Milky Way, which was later revealed to …

Astrophysics

Astrophysicists Have Built The Most Detailed Simulation of The Universe Ever Created

1 billion light years in a supercomputer.<p>Saying our Universe is a big place is a bit of an understatement. And with recent advances in our …

Astrophysics

It turns out our galaxy isn’t as special as we thought

It's just plane confusing.<p>Powerful, influential figures exert a irresistible pull, gathering an entourage around them. It's a pattern that repeats on celestial levels. Our planet has the moon, but also a host of other artificial satellites that we’ve used to boost Earth’s follower count. The sun …

Astrophysics