Astronomy

Watch How Stars Will Move Over the Next 5,000,000 Years

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently published a video featuring data from their Gaia mission. Gaia is an effort to make a 3D map of the Milky …

Space Science

Astronomers Say We'll Probably Find Life Orbiting a Dwarf Star

Searching for exoplanets like Proxima b is not as simple as gazing through a telescope and pointing them out. These bodies, located light-years from …

Exoplanets

6 Planets That Might Support Aliens: Comparing The Coolest Habitable Exoplanets

The universe is practically bursting with stars and planets but some exoplanets are more important than others, particularly when it comes to the …

Exoplanets

Introducing Steve - a Newly Discovered Astronomical Phenomenon

What the hell is that thing?<p>If there is one thing social media teaches us today, it's not to leave naming rights up to the hive mind.<p>Move over Boaty …

Space Science

NASA captures incredible image of Earth from 870 million miles away

<b>NASA spacecraft has captured an incredible image of Earth – pictured between the rings of Saturn.</b><p>Tragic photo of father saying hello and goodbye to …

Solar System

A Newly Discovered Asteroid Just Passed Super Close by Earth

A newly discovered asteroid, named 2017 HV2, passed very nearby Earth at about 6:04 p.m. Eastern on Sunday evening. The asteroid was initially …

Space

What our Milky Way looks like from space

Composite image of 2 spiral galaxies – edge-on galaxy NGC 4302 and face-on galaxy NGC 4298 – offered in celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s …

Space Science

Massive discovery in space stuns scientists

Scientists have just made a huge finding in space that could permanently change our search for alien life.<p>Scientists have discovered something big …

Exoplanets

Did forests once grow on Mars? UFO hunters spot ‘tree stump’ in NASA picture

In the Martian, Matt Damon has to do unspeakable things with his own poo just to grow a few potatoes on Mars.<p>Tragic photo of father saying hello and …

UFOs

The Irish Constellation

Now that everybody’s confessing everything, I’m ready to confess that, until about five years ago, I was under the impression that the constellation Orion was the constellation O’Ryan. I thought of it as the Irish constellation, sort of the way that actors refer to “Macbeth” as “the Scottish play.” …

Space Science

Inside the Hunt for the Source of a Mysterious Cosmic Burst

“A minor point of interest regarding the Spitler Burst.” The email subject line popped up on Shami Chatterjee’s computer screen just after 3 in the …

Astrophysics

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2: a scientist's review

Star-Lord Peter Quill and the gang are back as Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 opens in cinemas from today in another outing of the galactic …

Guardians of the Galaxy

Ancient carvings from 11,000BC ‘show swarm of deadly comets hitting Earth’

Ancient symbols carved into stones at a site in Turkey suggest that a swarm of comets smashed into Earth 13,000 years ago – triggering an ice …

Ancient History

Get Me Outta Here, Sky Guide, and other awesome apps of the week

Want to find out which apps were gracing our Apple devices this week? Check our list below.<p>From a great piratical RPG to an… erm, naked selfie sharing app, here are the apps that occupied our time over the past seven days. There’s simply no better way to spend the remainder of your weekend.<p><i>Tempest:</i> …

Apps

Astronomers Discover The Largest Known Planet That Orbits Two Suns

In June 2016, astronomers announced the largest ever circumbinary planet -- that is, a planet that orbits not one, but two, stars. Though other …

Space Science

These Five Companies Are Creating The Opportunity Of The Century

History has shown that a single event can launch the dreams of a generation, and this one is hanging right over your head! (You have noticed it, right?)<p>Moonshot<p>I grew up in what I like to call the Apollo Generation. We were lucky enough to be born at a time when we could witness man's first steps …

Space Exploration

Bayesian evidence for the prevalence of waterworlds

Should we expect most habitable planets to share the Earth's marbled appearance? For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and …

Extraterrestrial Life

What Would Happen If The Sun Disappeared?

Early scientists thought that the effects of the sun's disappearance would be instantaneous, and that even if we didn't notice its absence visually, …

Space Science

Former child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect Congo's wildlife

<b>(CNN) —</b> He has been beaten, threatened and imprisoned. But the former child soldier and winner of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize says he will not stop until those wanting to destroy the Democratic Republic of Congo's protected wildlife "are held responsible for their actions."<p>"Even if I or …

Space Science

Cassini Spacecraft Heads To Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, has begun its final trip, which will end in its eventual destruction on Saturn. It recently sent back a picture of Earth from 870 million miles away.

Solar System

Call for Entries: Italian Castle Observatory and Resort Competition

YAC – Young Architects Competitions –launches Observatory Houses, an open architectural competition aiming at the design of a hotel-observatory in …

Space Science

Bizarre Temperatures on Mimas

This figure illustrates the unexpected and bizarre pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's small inner moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 …

Solar System

The Doppler Effect

You're probably familiar with the sound of a siren (or a car horn, or a rumbling semi truck) as it approaches and then passes you. The sound starts …

Cosmology

On Earth Day, Who'd Want To Be Called Earth-Like?

Saturday is Earth Day. Just in time for Earth Day, scientists say the search for extraterrestrial life may have gotten a boost from the discovery of earth-like planets where, theoretically at least, life could exist. If so, would the residents of said planets care to be identified with our wretched …

Extraterrestrial Life

Double Comments of the Week #157: From physics’ predictions to Michelson-Morley

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” -Walter Elliot<p>It’s been two great weeks here at Starts With A Bang, …

Cosmology

2017 April 24 - A White Battle in the Black Sea

<b>A White Battle in the Black Sea</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, Aqua, MODIS<p><b>Explanation:</b> Trillions have died in the Earth's seas. Calcified shields of the dead …

Space Science

How Much Closer To The Sun Does The Moon Travel?

Does the Moon get closer to the Sun than the Earth?<p>In order to tackle this question, we have to understand a bit about the geometry of the solar system, and how both the planets and the moons which orbit those planets behave.<p>Most of the planets in the solar system circle the Sun in a very thin …

Space

The Space Village and NASA at SVCC 2017

Space Exploration

This daredevil completed a record-breaking freedive under a giant sheet of ice

Underwater diver, Arthur Guérin-Boëri, has set a world record for the longest freedive under ice, after swimming an incredible 175 metres (574 feet). The 31-year-old Frenchman plunged into the icy waters of a lake in Finland and swam below the giant 19-inch thick sheet of ice while holding his …

Solar System

NASA Photo Reveals How Earth Looks From Saturn

It's easy to forget that Earth isn't the centre of the universe. It's actually a relatively small planet, and humans — we're much smaller.<p>NASA's …

Saturn