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Mars appears at its biggest, brightest as planet moves into opposition

Mars is at its biggest and brightest in over a decade, as it comes into a particularly close opposition.<p>Mars comes into opposition — the point when …

Astronomy

Mars may have had two 'mega-tsunamis' according to new research

Sophisticated mapping suggests that Mars may have undergone two “mega-tsunamis”.<p>Waves as high as 120 metres could swept across the planning moving several hundred kilometres inland.<p>The discovery could also settle the controversy over whether a vast ocean covered a huge swathe of Mars, with one …

Hubble captures amazing view of Milky Way

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stars upon stars upon stars.<p>In a new image, the Hubble Space Telescope peers into the center of the Milky Way, showcasing the star cluster at the center.<p>According to NASA, the photo contains more than a half-million stars. The star cluster is the densest in the galaxy.<p>Much of the light cast …

Universe

NASA's astronaut program receives record number of applications ahead of Mars mission

The American space agency, NASA, is experiencing a revival.<p>A record number of people applied to be astronauts this year as the organisation embarks …

Space Science

Astronomers Just Discovered a Rare Dwarf Galaxy That's Loaded With Precious Elements

Stars packed with gold, platinum, and silver.<p>Scientists have been searching for the origin of some of the most precious metals on Earth - including …

Universe

NASA films Mercury crossing the sun's surface

You don't have to wait for years to watch Mercury crossing the sun if you missed NASA's livestream earlier. The agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured the planet's transit across the star's fiery surface on film and has even uploaded a time-lapse video of the images on YouTube. SDO is the …

Mercury Transits the Sun | Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

<i>Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury</i> …

Astronomy

THEN AND NOW: These photos show famous scenes of Paris from the 1900s and today

The French art director Julien Knez — who we first read about on IB Times UK— spent last summer wandering Paris, holding up monochrome photos in front of the camera when capturing the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, iconic streets like Place Vendôme, and the famous department store Printemps.<p>Knez …

France

What made the stars disappear and the sky turn electric blue?

A curious thing happened at 3:16am on March 17. The stars briefly disappeared and the sky turned an electric blue.<p>The culprit was a very bright green meteor, or bolide. The colour green in a meteor trail typically indicates the presence of magnesium or nickel. Despite the obvious H.G.Wells link …

Scientists Found A Nazi Secret That Hitler Tried To Cover Up

Nazis are the perfect enemies in video games and movies for good reason. They committed horrible, horrible crimes, the likes of which we can only …

Mysterious Mars Mounds Were Liquid-Filled Craters

On Mars, formerly water-filled craters transformed to dry mile-high mounds with the help of wind.

Is Planet Nine behind mass extinctions on Earth? One astrophysicist says yes

Planet Nine has seen its share of headlines lately, but its newfound popularity is also bringing back theories that the yet-to-be-discovered planet …

Solar System

This Newly Discovered Triple Sun Planet Would See Some Truly Bizarre Skies

Newly-discovered planet KELT-4Ab has three suns—but that triple-solar view isn’t the only weird thing you’d see happen overhead. Not by a long …

NASA just released 2.95 million satellite images to the public — here are 21 of the best

1/<p>Many ASTER images look like they were colored in by a little kid, including this one of the Andes Mountains. But that's because it has an infrared …

First Telephoto Lens Used on the Moon Up for Auction, Lunar Dust Included

Do you have between $400K and $600K laying around, just begging to be spent? If you do, you could soon be the proud owner of the Zeiss Tele-Tessar …

Apollo Missions

Mile-high mountains on Mars sculpted by wind, climate change

If you give the wind enough time and enough sand, it can move mountains, new research suggests.<p>A new study published this week in the journal</i> …

Journey to the center of the galaxy: Hubble shows new views of Milky Way (PHOTOS)

NASA’s space telescope has reached the nougat at the center of our galaxy, producing some pretty impressive pictures of a star cloud swirling around …

Could the sun emit a killer 'superflare'? Maybe -- a big maybe

New research suggests our star might be capable of huge solar flares that could bring modern society to a standstill. The emphasis is on "might."<p>We know eruptions on the sun can hurl energetic particles toward Earth that we see as colorful auroras when they collide with our atmosphere. The most …

Universe

All You Need to Know NASA's Mammoth SLS Rocket in Less Than 3 Minutes

The most powerful rocket in the world will likely take the first people to Mars.<p>The Space Launch System is the biggest and most expensive rocket ever developed. Each launch is projected to cost $500 million when we finally blow some of these things off the Earth. For that kind of money, we're …

See This Japanese Island Totally Taken Over by Cute Bunnies

A rabbit is seen on a pathway leading to the ruins of a fort on Okunoshima Island on Feb. 24, 2014 in Takehara, Japan. O<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Chris …

Japan

Astronomers see black hole raging red

Violent red flashes, lasting just fractions of a second, have been observed during one of the brightest black hole outbursts in recent years. In June …

Universe

Mom’s weight during pregnancy shapes baby’s health

When Elinor Sullivan was a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, she set out to explore the influence of food and …

Monkeys

NASA Publishes Haunting Photographs of the Antares Rocket Explosion

On October 28th, 2014, the Orbital ATK Antares rocket exploded on takeoff, destroying the vehicle and the supplies that were being sent to the …

Space Exploration

NASA Releases Thousands of Photos From the Moon Mission

Photos from space are almost always fascinating and images from the Apollo moon missions are pretty much the pinnacle of cool. Now, archivist Kipp …

These Are America's Coolest Ghost Towns

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United States

Best space events of 2015 and 2016 - in 90 seconds

From the supermoon lunar eclipse to the Perseids meteor shower, we look at the most spectacular space events of 2015 and the upcoming ones for 2016<p>The world has been treated to many spectacular space events this year and 2016 looks to be no different.<p>On Monday there was a rare supermoon lunar …

Shedding light on the moon’s dark side

Tonight – October 27, 2017 – the moon is at or near its first quarter phase, which means the portion of the moon we see from Earth is 50% illuminated …

Astronomy

Jaw-dropping images give us a first glimpse of Mars' liquid water

For years, a team of NASA scientists had pondered over the enigmatic dark streaks lining the inner and outer faces of craters on the Martian surface, shown below.<p>But no longer.<p>NASA announced the answer to the conundrum Monday: The streaks are evidence of flowing water.<p>Most mysterious about these …

Saltwater

How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

If you watch the film <i>The Martian,</i> you'll see Hollywood explosions and special effects galore, but you'll also see some serious science.<p>Actor Matt Damon, who plays stranded astronaut Mark Watney, must calculate his way through food shortages, Martian road trips and other misadventures as he fights …

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