Space

Scientists Find Black Holes That May Collide and Destroy the Galaxy

The Milky Way is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy, and when the two colossal entities meet, they’ll shred each other apart.<p>What …

Universe

Watching The Dance Of Giant Black Holes

At the heart of most galaxies is a supermassive black hole. These powerhouses have a mass of millions or billions of Suns, and can create brilliant quasars when active. So what happens when two galaxies collide?<p>According to the models, when galaxies collide and merge, their two black holes capture …

Astrophysics

Scientists ‘can’t rule out’ collision with asteroid flying by Earth in 2029

Asteroids are one of the most serious threats to life as we know it, but scientists and skywatchers have gotten pretty good at predicting exactly …

Space Exploration

Scientists have discovered the hottest planet in the universe

Scientists have found one of the craziest exoplanets yet. It's a huge gas giant not unlike our Solar System's own Jupiter, but it travels around its star in just 1.5 days, with a surface hotter than most stars.<p>The planet orbits a blazing star called KELT-9, which is some 650 light-years away. It's …

Universe

NASA orbiter snaps the 'Niagara Falls of Mars'

Ah, Niagara Falls, a grandiose natural phenomenon of rushing water. You won't find anything quite like it on the dry surface of Mars, but the Red Planet has a landmark that bears a resemblance to the famous falls.<p>NASA posted an image today from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and titled it …

Planets

Elon Musk's Promises and Goals for Tesla, SpaceX, and More

Latest Updates<p><b>06/25/2017</b><p><b>SPACEX 🚀</b> | New Goal: Reusable Nose Cones for Rockets by Dec 31, 2017<p><b>06/06/2017</b><p><b>TESLA 🔋</b> | New Goal: Model Y Launch by Dec 31, …

SpaceX

SpaceX Is Set for 3rd Falcon 9 Launch in Less Than 10 Days

This Sunday (July 2), SpaceX is scheduled to launch its third Falcon 9 rocket in just under 10 days, following launches on June 23 and 25.<p>The Falcon …

SpaceX

This futuristic NASA ship could reach the edge of the solar system

It took the Voyager 1 spacecraft over three decades to leave the solar system (and scientists still aren’t sure when it did). We need a new method of propulsion that will transport spacecraft faster than ever before. NASA is one of a few agencies developing a new way to sail through space, on the …

Space Exploration

Amazing space photobomb: SpaceX Dragon and Falcon 9 Rocket photobomb each other

It's official: SpaceX's rockets and spaceships have caught the selfie bug in the final frontier.<p>When SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station this month, the spacecraft popped up in a "selfie" taken by the upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that launched the ship into …

Exploration

Universe Was Rife With Iron Early On, Say Astrophysicists

Most of the Universe’s iron had already been uniformly distributed inside intergalactic gas some 10 billion years ago — or well before the first galaxy clusters even formed , an international team of astrophysicists report.<p>Using 26 independent measurements of ten nearby galaxy clusters taken by …

Universe

Does Dark Energy Exist?

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman,</i> …

Space Science

OMG: NASA Could Soon Be Making Rosé in Space

Moon rosé may soon exist, so if you ever had dreams of visiting outer space, there’s a very good chance there will be a drink waiting for you while you’re up among the stars. Granted, we’ll take our rosé frozen, rosé in a can, or even as a rosé chocolate bar (mmm!), but rosé made in space takes …

NASA

NASA Astronaut Whitson Wants Colonies on Moon, Mars

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson discusses the commercialization of space exploration and her hopes for space colonies for private citizens. She speaks …

Exploration

Asteroids Are Coming: Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

Actually, it’s Asteroid Day that’s coming on Friday, June 30, and you want your children to be paying attention. You, too.<p>Seriously? As if climate change, Brexit, Trump, North Korea, potential trade wars and all the rest weren’t enough, we have to worry about asteroids hitting the planet?<p>Well, yes. …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Denies Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Dates

As SpaceX works to prepares for its Falcon Heavy rocket — the one that will take two humans around the moon in 2018, and launch heavy payloads for …

SpaceX

Scientists have created light that's a billion times brighter than the Sun - and it could speed up our phones

The record-breaking laser has revealed new properties of light, and it could be used in medical equipment or to create more powerful computer chips<p>A …

Universe

43 Breathtaking Pics From Cassini's Journey to Saturn

Before Cassini goes out like a gangsta, check out these images from its 20-year mission.<p>Remember being 19? How did you mark that last year of your …

Planets

Goodbye, Planet Nine! New and better data disfavors the existence of a giant world beyond Neptune.

A new planet, bigger than Earth, could be lurking in the outer solar system. But new evidence says ‘probably not.’<p><i>“Although we were initially quite</i> …

Astronomy

Futuristic Space Lasers Have Arrived, And They're Far More Than Weapons

Not Just for Space Battles<p>Science fiction and pop culture have trained us to view the usefulness of lasers as simply a means of blowing stuff up. …

NASA

The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik on vocal rest for a month

Though Mayim Bialik won’t be able to speak for a month, it’s not expected to affect production on <i>The Big Bang Theory</i>, EW has learned.<p>On Wednesday, the actress tweeted that she was waiting for a check-up from her ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) and that she wouldn’t be able to speak for a month.<p>A …

Space Science

NASA's supersonic X-plane passes preliminary design review

The return of civilian supersonic passenger travel just took a big step closer to reality. NASA recently announced that the federal agency has …

Aerospace

A lizard-inspired robot gripper may solve our space-junk problems

Space junk is a huge problem in orbit. Over 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting the Earth at up to 17,500 miles per hour, and we haven't yet figured out how to clean it up. But engineers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough: They've designed a robotic gripper based on gecko's feet …

NASA

Gecko-Inspired Gripper May Soon Snag Space Junk

I'm not sure when your last spacewalk was, but you probably remember it being a bit difficult to manipulate objects, what with the gloves and the …

Space Debris

How Uncertain Are LIGO's First Gravitational Wave Detections?

On September 14, 2015, two black holes of 36 and 29 solar masses merged together from over a billion light years away. In the inspiral and merger process, about 5% of their mass was converted into pure energy. It wasn’t energy the way we’re used to it, though, where photons carry it away in the …

Physics

So Long, Rollable Solar Array, and Thanks for All the Photons

After a week of soaking up the Sun's rays, the first rollable solar panel to be deployed in space has been kicked off its perch outside the International Space Station (ISS). Watch on as the Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA), a novel compact architecture that can be stored and unfurled like a yoga mat, …

SpaceX

In 2029, a Massive Asteroid Will Come Startlingly Close to Earth

Few humans realize that the Apophis asteroid, discovered in 2004, is named after the Egyptian god of evil and destruction, who cherished chaos and …

Space Exploration

Uranus' Magnetosphere Is Pretty Strange

Out of all the planets in our solar system, Uranus seems to get overlooked the most. Jupiter dwarfs it. Saturn's rings run circles around those of …

Astronomy

How To Photograph A Solar Eclipse

It is being billed as “The Great American Eclipse.” On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse can be witnessed from one end of the U.S. to the other. …

Astrophotography

10 Amazing Images of Jupiter from the Juno Mission

01<p>of 10<p>Before Juno got There: Voyager's View View of Jupiter<p>Many spacecraft have visited the giant planet Jupiter over the years, returning many …

Astronomy

Xometry Raises $15 Million in Funding

Xometry Inc., an online marketplace for custom-manufactured parts, has raised $15 million in a funding round led by BMW Group's venture-capital arm, the startup said Wednesday.<p>The Gaithersburg, Md.,-based firm connects companies that need prototypes and custom parts with a network of domestic …

NASA