Space

The president's plan to revisit the moon raises lots of questions—here are the answers

Should we go? Can we afford to go? All this, and more.<p>Donald Trump isn’t the first president to suggest we send people back to the moon, but his recent declaration sparked a lot of questions here at <i>PopSci</i>. Being science journalists, we went ahead and answered those queries, then compiled them here …

Exploration

Here's What Juno Discovered When It Flew Through Jupiter's Great Red Spot

That storm is older than any living human.<p>Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a storm like nothing this world has ever seen.<p>This crimson-hued anticyclone …

Science

Van Allen Belt Mystery Solved With Student-Built Satellite

Oh, that Van Allen Belt—online crackpots love to use Earth’s belt of radiation to bolster their Moon landing conspiracies, suggesting it could be too …

Geek

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight – here's how to see it

Make sure Star Wars isn’t the only celestial event you see tonight. The bright Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak in the early hours of Thursday morning<p>The latest chapter of events in a galaxy far, far away isn’t the only thing worth staying up late for tonight in the UK. Just as cinema goers …

Astronomy

Dark Energy Theories Demolished: Neutron Star Collision Wipes Out Scientists' Understanding of Mysterious Force

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent …

Physics

From the sublime to the stunning: The best space photos of 2017

Between the Hubble telescope and the scores of observatories around the globe capturing torrents of data, 2017 offered up some gorgeous images giving …

Here's video footage taken of Jupiter that reminds us how incredibly small we really are

This week’s best and most inspiring news comes to us live from the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, an enormous raging crimson nightmare of a storm that’s taking place on an alien planet that would incinerate anyone who wandered near it. To recap: Today’s most gasp-worthy headline is from a planet that …

Golf

NASA's Opportunity Rover Withstands Another Harsh Winter on Mars

When the <i>Opportunity</i> rover landed on Mars on January 25th, 2004, its mission was only meant to last for about 90 Earth days. But the little rover that …

Planets

ispace just raised $90 million to launch two private moon missions by 2020

Japanese company ispace has raised $90.2 million in a Series A funding round, an amount it’s calling the “largest ever” Series A in commercial space financing. The funding comes from Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Development Bank of Japan, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Konika Minolta and …

Exploration

SpaceX forced to push back launch of used rocket after finding dirt

Launching a shiny, brand new rocket isn’t exactly easy. Launching a less shiny, used rocket is apparently an even bigger challenge. Today, SpaceX was …

Science

Oddball Object Tumbling among the Stars Could Disrupt Planetary Science

Our solar system’s first-known visitor from another star, the recently discovered object called ‘Oumuamua, could be a bonanza for researchers. With …

Astronomy

NASA confirms that ‘The Last Jedi’ will be screened in the International Space Station

In our galaxy, quite far away<p>NASA have confirmed that astronauts onboard the International Space Station won’t have to miss ‘Star Wars: The Last …

Star Wars

New Image of a "Stellar Nursery" is Majestic But Also Terrifying

It’s nowhere near as peaceful as it sounds.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Astronomy & Space Science<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your …

Astronomy

Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth

Three astronauts have landed back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.<p>A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA's Randy …

NASA

NASA likes the BEAM Bouncy Castle, keeping it on the Space Station

Raise a glass of Tang and salute the BEAM bouncy castle; Launched in April, 2016 and inflated in June, it has proven its worth, holding up as well as …

Sustainability

Blue Origin Just Launched 'Mannequin Skywalker' Into Space And Safely Returned It to Earth

One small step for a mannequin...<p>Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the secretive rocket company Blue Origin, has successfully test-launched a …

Exploration

Japan Will Join U.S. Efforts to Launch New Space Station

The Japanese government will join a U.S. project to build a new space station that will orbit the moon, reports the <i>Japan Times</i>. The project, which is …

Exploration

Watch: The Geminids Meteor Shower as captured across the world [video]

Image Credits: Pixabay / Pexels<p>The Geminids Meteor Shower lit up the skies of South Africa last night, but it wasn’t just us who got a glimpse of …

Astronomy

Lucent

A shining sculpture made of 3,115 lights, the number of visible stars in the Northern Hemisphere.<p><i>Lucent</i>, the mesmerizing sculpture hanging in the …

Astronomy

Best pictures from the space

One of the last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance as captured by the spacecraft Cassini.<br>Photo-Reuters<p>he Diamond Ring effect is seen …

Astronomy

How to Shoot and Process Meteor Shower Photographs: Part 1

With the 2017 Geminid meteor shower peaking this evening, I put together a list of 10 things to think about before you head out into the cold, dark …

Photography

Tentative Tax Deal Scraps Hit on Tuition for Graduate Students

A provision to treat graduate school tuition waivers as taxable income won’t be in the final House-Senate tax package, according to Republican …

Steve Daines

This nebula is in our galaxy, not one far, far away

Oh, I do so love a good H II region.<p>That term, I think, is a bit old-fashioned*. There are other names for these objects: star-forming regions, …

Astronomy

MAVEN » MAVEN Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

MAVEN Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets<p>December 13<p>To receive the same amount of starlight as Mars receives from our Sun, a planet …

Planets

Meet the Scientists of the "Women of NASA" LEGO Set

<i>The "Women of NASA" Lego Set has become one of this year's top toys -- now learn the inspiring stories of these trailblazing scientists!</i><p>When LEGO …

For Kids

2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images

From super moons to Saturn’s rings to distant galaxies.<p>One of the best ways to experience wonder in 2017 was to look up. In August, Eclipse Madness …

Culture

Best out-of-this-world space stories of 2017

The solar eclipse wasn't the only noteworthy event of the year.<p>This year was filled lots of cosmic stories from the latest in NASA innovations to the …

Astronomy

Extraterrestrial Autonomous Lander Systems to Touch Down on Mars

The future of humans is on Mars. Between SpaceX, Boeing, NASA, and every other national space program, we’re going to Mars. With this comes a …

Cobalt

What's the Thinnest Crescent Moon You Can See? - Sky & Telescope

<b>A slender crescent Moon is a beautiful and inspiring sight. December and January offer several opportunities to see these exceptional slices in the</b> …

Astronomy

DayZ Creator: One Game Launched, Another Announced

DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall and his RocketWerkz studio have been busy, with a brand new title dropping today on the Steam store and another …

Gaming