Space Science

Super Fast Cosmic Clouds Could Unearth a Slew of Hidden Black Holes

You don't hear that happening every day.<p>Clouds move at a snail’s pace in Earth’s atmosphere, but in outer space, they’re capable of zooming through …

Universe

Signal may be from first 'exomoon'

Science editor, BBC News website<p><b>Astronomers have discovered an object that could be the first known moon located beyond the Solar System.</b><p>If genuine, the "exomoon" is likely to be about the size and mass of Neptune, and circles a planet the size of Jupiter but with 10 times the mass.<p>The signal was …

Exoplanets

1st Photo of a Total Solar Eclipse Was Taken 166 Years Ago Today

People have observed total solar eclipses since ancient times, but it wasn't until the 19th century that people figured out how to photograph them.<p>As …

Astronomy

Elon Musk Reveals When SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Will Launch

We may finally, <i>finally</i>, know when SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is going to launch: On Thursday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to his own Instagram to …

SpaceX

Everyone's favorite nebula harbors a surprising secret

The European Southern Observatory has spoilt us again with the release of an incredibly detailed 220-megapixel view of the famous Orion Nebula, one …

Astronomy

NASA's Cassini Finds Saturn’s Moon Titan Could Harbor Simple Life Forms

Molecules that might drive the production of complex organic compounds discovered on Titan, potentially shedding light on how life on Earth got …

World News

China creates biggest virtual universe, beating European record

Chinese scientists have created the largest virtual universe on Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest computer, according to a lead researcher on …

Universe

How to Make Sure Your Eclipse Glasses Are Safe | Mental Floss

You’re probably already preparing for the August 21 solar eclipse, right? It’s going to be spectacular, especially for those in the path of totality, …

Astronomy

Solar Eclipse Will Let NASA Experiment With Mars-Like Conditions

All across the United States during the August 21 solar eclipse, teams of students as young as 10 years old will shoot high-altitude balloons into …

Mars Mission

Did Scientists Just Spot the First Exomoon?

Thanks largely to NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers have found thousands of exoplanets lurking outside our solar system. Finding what creeps …

Exoplanets

This Photo Captures Every Color In A Single Twinkling Star

Sirius is known as the “Rainbow Star.” Astrophotographer Steve Brown shows us why.<p>When you think about stars twinkling overhead, you probably don’t associate them with a color. But the star Sirius shifts through every color of the rainbow. That effect is thanks to the same turbulence that bends …

Astronomy

World’s tiniest spacecraft is headed for the stars

The smallest ever spacecraft has been put into orbit in what may be the first step towards the stars.<p>Breakthrough Starshot is a plan to send man-made …

Space Exploration

This weekend is the best time to watch the Delta Aquarid meteor shower

There are few things more magical than spotting a shooting star. This weekend is one of the best times to catch one, during this year’s Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which can be enjoyed from much of Earth (though is harder to see from its northernmost regions).<p>What am I watching, exactly?<p>“Shooting …

Astronomy

Meteor shower season is here and this is the weekend to watch

The fantastic Perseid meteor shower peaks in August, but a bright full moon on August 7 this year means late July is the time to watch for the famous "shooting stars."<p>If you head outside at night over the next few days to try to catch them, you'll also benefit from the overlap of two other meteor …

Astronomy

A Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming! Here’s How (and Where) to Watch It

Get your cameras ready, everyone! (Preferably to the tune of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” because, well, is there anything else more fitting?!)<p>On …

Astronomy

It’s less than a month until the US total solar eclipse but you can still make plans to see it

There’s good news for US eclipse-chasers who’ve procrastinated booking their accommodation, new data shows there are still hotel rooms left for as low as $141 per night.<p>There’s still time left to find a place to stay during the solar eclipse. Image by LeoPatrizi/Getty Images<p>A total solar eclipse …

Total Solar Eclipse

New bunch of galaxy clusters may be farthest yet - Futurity

A catalog of about 200 galaxy clusters may be contain the most distant ever found—it could also help solve some of the universe's biggest mysteries.

Universe

Hubble Sees Tiny Phobos Orbiting Mars

Mars’ moon Phobos is a pretty fascinating customer! Compared to Mars other moon Deimos, Phobos (named after the Greek personification of fear) is the …

Astronomy

A plane-size asteroid buzzes by Earth undetected

A big space rock slipped right by us last week and was only spotted as it left our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Astronomers first spotted an asteroid about as long as a 737 passenger jet on Sunday and analyzed its path to determine it had made a close pass by our planet three days earlier.<p>In other words, …

Astronomy

Why Does the Sun Appear Orange?

<b>Why does our sun appear orange? Other stars appear white. Is it because of our oxygen and atmosphere? Does our sun appear white from a</b> …

Astronomy

NASA launches app to inspire citizen scientists during Solar Eclipse

NASA launched its newest app this week designed to motivate the average person to be a citizen scientist during the upcoming solar eclipse.<p>Space Scientist Elizabeth Macdonald told Fox News the Globe Observer app was designed by a NASA-supported research program called the Global Learning and …

Solar Eclipse

The Surprising Passion Project Shared By 5 of the World’s Richest Men

Jeff Bezos doesn't have his head in the clouds. He's got it in the stars—and a number of his colleagues in wealth are right up there with him.<p>Beyond …

Space Travel

Researchers Just Launched a Prototype of Humanity's First 'Interstellar Spacecraft'

Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest …

Space Travel

NASA’s First Inflatable Space Module Is Still Going Strong After a Year in Space

NASA’s BEAM<p>The first inflatable space module is orbiting the Earth right now, and after more than a year in space, it’s still retaining its air. The …

NASA

55 Cancri e: Super-Hot Super-Earth

55 Cancri e is a super-Earth — about twice our planet's size — that zooms around its star in 18 days. It has a surface temperature of nearly 4,900 …

Exoplanets

SpaceX is now one of the most valuable private companies in the world

Who knew blasting off into space could be so lucrative?<p>SpaceX, Elon Musk’s reusable rocket company, is now one of the most valuable privately held …

Space Travel

Quindar remixes NASA's audiovisual archives (and you can dance to it!)

Quindar is a fantastically far out project to remix NASA's weird and wonderful sound and film archives into a new audiovisual experience of …

Space Exploration

The first-ever prototypes of interstellar spacecraft were placed into orbit by ISRO's PSLV-C38 mission

ISRO's PSLV-C38 mission had <b>31 satellites on board</b>. The CartoSat-2 series satellites was the main payload, with the remaining satellites piggybacking …

Space Exploration

Senate restores funding for NASA Earth science and satellite servicing programs

WASHINGTON — An appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee July 27 would restore funding for several NASA Earth science missions slated for …

Exploration

Scientists unveil new 3-D view of galaxies

For many years astronomers have struggled to get good-quality 3-D data of galaxies. Although this technique is very powerful as it allows researchers …

Universe