Astronomy

We Worked Out What It Would Take To Wipe Out All Life On A Planet — And It’s Good News For Alien Hunters

The first exoplanet was spotted in 1988. Since then more than 3,000 planets have been found outside our solar system, and it’s thought that around …

Supernovae

What Caused The Kuiper Belt To Get Warped?

Astronomers have known about the Kuiper Belt for decades, and were postulating about its existence long before it was even observed. Since that time, …

Universe

Space Photos of the Week: This Dim Galaxy Is a Starry Slowpoke

Every day some 7 billion people sit in traffic, grocery shop, or scroll through Twitter. And all that time, they're slowly turning with the Earth, …

Space Science

NASA needs your help for the upcoming full solar eclipse in the U.S.

Why it matters to you<p>Want to take part in a national science experiment? Sure you do, and all you need is NASA's free app.<p>Getting a job at NASA is no …

Solar Eclipse

2017 July 23 - Mercury as Revealed by MESSENGER

<b>Mercury as Revealed by MESSENGER</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> MESSENGER, NASA, JHU APL, CIW<p><b>Explanation:</b> Mercury had never been seen like this before. In 2008, the …

Space Science

2017 July 22 - Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun

<b>Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Apollo 11, NASA (Image scanned by Kipp Teague)<p><b>Explanation:</b> Bright sunlight glints and long dark shadows …

Solar Wind

NJ Night Sky: How to View the Great American Eclipse

Last week, we covered the total solar eclipse which is visible across the entire country. The Garden State is too far north to see totality, but …

Space Science

The Next Step In The Search For Aliens Is A Huge Telescope And A Ton Of Math

Aliens could be hiding on almost any of the Milky Way’s roughly 100 billion planets, but so far, we haven’t been able to find them (dubious claims to …

Exoplanets

The team that took us to Pluto briefly spotted their next target at the edge of the Solar System

We see you, 2014 MU69!<p>This weekend, a team of scientists who sent the first spacecraft to Pluto caught a brief glimpse of their vehicle’s next destination: a tiny, primitive space rock at the edge of the Solar System. Members of the mission team trekked down to a remote part of Argentina and …

Solar System

'We Don't Planet' Episode 13: Spiral Galaxies

Our Milky Way is one of many spiral galaxies in the universe. These collections of stars are characterized by their namesake arms that appear to wind …

Universe

Solar Eclipse Day Could Resemble 'Zombie Apocalypse'

When millions of people want to see a once-in-a-lifetime eclipse, massive crowds along the eclipse path could present challenges you haven't considered.<p>One month from today, the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 will make its way across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. As the clock ticks down …

Space Science

This is just really cool – a time-lapse animation from the Hubble telescope showing a tiny moon zinging around Mars - ImaGeo

By Tom Yulsman | July 21, 2017 5:06 pm<p>The tiny Martian moon Phobos orbits the Red Planet in this animation of images from the Hubble Space Telescope. …

Mars

How to photograph the August eclipse, and why you probably shouldn’t try

Essentially, it's the ultimate photo challenge. On August 21st, photographers across the continental United States – and especially photographers …

Astrophotography

Where did the antimatter go?

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've no doubt heard of Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, and you may well have heard that it means that matter can be converted to energy and back again. That statement is true but incomplete.<p>What is more correct is that energy can be converted not only into matter, but also antimatter …

Universe

Eight Other Worlds In Our Solar System Might Have Life Beyond Earth

In all the known Universe, to the best that we’ve examined it, only our home planet, Earth, contains confirmed signs of life. But the raw ingredients required for life appear everywhere, from the interiors of asteroids to interstellar gas clouds to protoplanetary nebulae to the exploded remnants of …

Planets

Catch a Speeding Star: High-Velocity Milky Way Objects Tracked (Animation)

A new animated video from the European Space Agency shows how the stars in Earth's galaxy have moved over the last million plus years — and tracks …

Universe

Why You Need To Know About The ‘Path Of Totality’

The countdown has begun. Only 31 days until the Great Solar Eclipse! For those in the “path of totality,” this could be a once-in-a-lifetime event! …

Space Science

Extraterrestrial life - Things We Don't Know

Article curated by Holly Godwin<p>With the revolutionary steps made in space exploration, and a whole universe to explore, many questions relating to …

Exoplanets

Moscow lawyer at Donald Trump jnr meeting represented Russian spy agency FSB

<b>Moscow:</b> The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 US presidential election counted …

Mars Rover

How Many Rings Does Saturn Have? | Mental Floss

Of all the planets surrounded by rings, Saturn is the most famous. These planetary rings are massive enough that Galileo was able to see them using a …

Space Science

The Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ Beamed Back a New Look at the Red Planet

With all the buzz the SUV-sized Curiosity rover has generated since it landed on Mars in 2012, it's easy to forget that the rover has a little …

Mars Rover

The Life Code: A Sky Full of Secrets

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should exercise caution when viewing this article as it contains names and images of deceased …

Indigenous Australians

A tiny satellite filmed a rocket launching 48 more tiny satellites into space

So far, humanity has launched more than 4,000 satellites into orbit above Earth.<p>That may seem like a lot, but the party is just getting started.<p>On July 14, a company called Planet Labs launched four dozen tiny satellites into orbit — all at once — and recorded part of the feat from space using a …

Space Exploration

Stars May Form As Twins

This is a sad story about lost siblings.<p>The sun may be the lone star in our solar system today, but that may not have always been the case. …

Universe

Red Dots campaign hunts planets at nearby Barnard's star

The Red Dots campaign, in which astronomers scan the night sky to discover planets around some of the nearest stars to Earth, began focusing on one of the sun's closest cousins, Barnard's Star, Sunday (July 16).<p>The Arecibo Observatory, the National Science Foundation and the Planetary Habitability …

This is what a luxury hotel on Mars could look like

This is what a luxury hotel on Mars could look like<p>While you were busy scouting an off-beat destination for your next luxury holiday, a team of …

Hotels

Solar eclipse science along the path of totality: Eclipse on August 21 offers unique research opportunities

News Release 17-064<p><b>NSF, NASA, NCAR highlight key solar eclipse projects</b><p>On August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S., a rare …

Space Science

Here’s What a Rocket Launch Looks Like from Space | Mental Floss

The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2016.<p>There are approximately 7.5 billion humans on the planet. Of those, …

Space Exploration

Mars gets photobombed by one of its moons

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope consistently delivers breathtaking views of the planets in our galactic neighborhood, but when it recently set its …

Mars