Astronomy

Astronomers find source of stars’ mysterious microwaves

Mysterious streams of microwaves that come from far across the galaxy have been traced to immense clouds of spinning…

Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars

The finding has significant implications for whether life once existed on Mars. After more than four decades of searching for…

Climate Change Killed the Aliens, and It Will Probably Kill Us Too, New Simulation Suggests

Did climate change already kill all the aliens we’ve been searching for? According to astrophysicist Adam Frank, it’s certainly a…

NASA is sending a spacecraft to investigate the ‘bubble’ that protects our solar system

Don’t look at the Sun during an eclipse. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses if you…

Small asteroid on collision course with Earth discovered only hours before impact

Boulder-sized asteroid was detected by telescope 8 hours before disintegrating in atmosphere over Botswana An asteroid on a collision course…

How Big Are We in Relation to Space?

When you hear the phrase “life-sized,” what comes to mind? Most people think of things comparatively-sized to themselves, but…

The Moons of Some Giant Alien Planets Could Host Life

Researchers have identified more than 100 giant exoplanets that may have potentially life-hosting moons.

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet

Earlier this year, astronomers stumbled upon a fascinating finding: Thousands of black holes likely exist near the center of our…

Extremely Large Telescope: The Biggest Eye on the Sky

In the mountains of Chile sits the site of what will become the largest optical telescope in the world….

Weird Space Rock Provides More Evidence for Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet…

A ‘Mars on Earth’ Helps Scientists with Their Search for Alien Life

Scientists are using alien environments on Earth to improve our abilities to

Lunar Meteorite Discovery Suggests There’s Hidden Water on the Moon

Moganite, which requires the presence of

Heat Shield for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Cracks During Test

The heat shield for NASA’s…

How NASA Prevents Outbreaks in Space

Space travel has once again captured the imagination of the public. With recent stunts like

Projectile Cannon Shows Asteroid Impacts May Have Made Earth a Watery Planet

Using a high-powered cannon, researchers demonstrated that asteroids can deliver more water to

No Way Out? Aliens on ‘Super-Earth’ Planets May Be Trapped by Gravity

“Super-Earth” planets are giant-size versions of Earth, and some research has suggested that they’re more likely to be habitable…

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Complexity and Getting Going

It’s too easy to assume that life is inevitable, given a watery planet and a friendly warm sun. It…

Did Scientists Find a Galaxy Lacking Dark Matter?

Looking up at the night sky is an amazing way to get in touch with the universe, but even…

Why Extraterrestrial Life May Be More Unlikely Than Scientists Thought

Phosphorus is an essential element for life — but that there was enough of it for life to start…

A New Luxury Hotel Is Opening…In Space

When a new luxury hotel opens, there might be some “oohs” and…

72 Mysterious Cosmic Flashes Puzzle Astronomers

Seventy-two unusual cosmic events have astronomers scratching their heads.  Scientists conducting a survey for supernovas — the dramatic explosions that end…

Farthest star ever seen captured by astronomers

Star was imaged using the Hubble telescope in 2016, when it…

THE FIRST SPACEX BFR SHOULD MAKE ORBITAL LAUNCHES BY 2020

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Chemicals

On the early Earth, marine aerosols could come in two sizes—bacterial and viral—which might…

Does Titan’s Hydrocarbon Soup Hold A Recipe For Life?

NASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere of vinyl cyanide ASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere…

Who’s Out There?—Danger?

In Scientific American January 2018,

Road Tripping Across the Universe

Science fiction is often cited as one of the catalysts for discovery. Depictions of…

Scientists Hope to Answer the Question: What Is Dark Matter?

Physicists have been making incredible breakthroughs in physics for a while now. At CERN, they smash particles together at…

A Solar Storm Is Approaching Earth

A moderate solar flare early this week has generated charged particles that will light up the atmosphere — and…

‘Oumuamua: ‘space cigar’s’ tumble hints at violent past

The space interloper ‘Oumuamua is spinning chaotically and will carry on doing so for more than a billion…

Dust, meteorites, cosmic rays and everything else currently destroying the Tesla in space

This probably isn’t covered under Elon Musk’s warranty… Thanks to the successful Falcon Heavy launch on Tuesday, SpaceX shot…

How I discovered the origins of the cigar-shaped alien ‘asteroid’ ‘Oumuamua

One of the highlights of 2017 was the discovery of the first object in our solar system that definitely…

Who’s Out There?—Anyone In Our Solar System?

In the article “Mission Debriefing” by Cassie Martin (Science News Dec.13/Jan.6, page 31), the author summarizes new findings of…

Scientists closer to unveiling source of mysterious bursts from distant object

An object is producing multiple short, powerful, fast radio bursts, but scientists don’t know why In a galaxy three…

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma spacecraft

SpaceX kicked off the new year with a mystery-shrouded mission to…

Russia pushing to partner with NASA on lunar gateway

Russia is assembling a new group of engineers who will be responsible…

Sorry sci-fi fans, real wars in space not the stuff of Hollywood

Non‐kinetic attacks like jamming and interference are occurring more often. They are cheaper and easier to pull off…

Where did Mars’ water go? Maybe into the planet’s interior

Lots lost to space, but Mars’ rocks might have done something Earth’s didn’t. Part of our fascination with cold-and-dry Mars…

Cosmic Watch – A Time Traveller’s Delight

Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the Cosmos…

Haunted Again: Skull-Faced ‘Halloween Asteroid’ Returns in 2018

Astronomers will soon get another look at the big, ghoulishly weird space…

Astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole from the dawn of the universe

And it’s much bigger than we expected. There was a bang. A big one. It was the beginning of…

Boost for Odds of Life? Jupiter Moon Europa May Have Plate Tectonics

The case for plate tectonics on Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa keeps getting stronger. Scientists had already spotted geological signs that…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?

Hello again. Last time out, we looked at a few of the prime candidates NASA is concentrating…

After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters

This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special.

Wow! 1st Interstellar Asteroid Is a Spinning Space Cigar

When astronomers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object dashing through our solar system on…

Here’s What a Volcano on Mars Looked Like to Mariner 9 in 1971

Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit a planet other than

Why living in space may require more than new technology

From changing eyesight to an increased risk of cancer, human bodies face numerous challenges in space We see it…

How Telemedicine Keeps Astronauts Safe

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration is always on the cutting edge when…

Space dust is stirring this star’s plasma soup

375 light years away in the

Canadian astronomer spots ‘visitor’ from beyond our solar system

‘Astronomers have been looking for this for more than a century,’ professor…

The atmosphere of Mars is approximately 96 percent carbon dioxide, but new research suggests that oxygen could be generated through plasma technology. NASA/JPL-Caltech SPACE Oxygen From Plasma Could Help Astronauts Breathe on Mars Developing a supply of oxygen on the Red Planet would help sustain a human colony on Mars — and generating it from plasma could be the answer.

Oxygen From Plasma Could Help Astronauts Breathe on Mars

Developing a supply of oxygen on the Red Planet would help sustain a human

Sun-Like Star May Have Devoured 15 Alien Planets

A distant sun-like star may have devoured a dozen or more of its own Earth-size planets, new research shows. Researchers…

Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the

Cassini’s Final Days Produced a Burst of Fresh Science

It will take decades to sift through the reams of data from Cassini’s 13-year Saturn mission, but NASA researchers…

Who’s Out There? The Importance of Getting Real

What I love about this site is that it is “where science meets science fiction.” Here we can let…

Methane Bursts May Have Helped Water Flow on Ancient Mars

Methane under the surface of Mars could have warmed…

Water Ice Mystery Found at Martian Equator

A new examination of old data suggests that there might be ice hiding in

Digging into the Great Beyond with Space Archaeology

When students pursue an education in archaeology, they often imagine going to places like Egypt, Greece,…

Deep Space Gateway to Open Opportunities for Distant Destinations

NASA is leading the next steps into deep space near the moon,…

Astronomers discover an asteroid is actually two — and that it’s also a comet

Finding makes it a first for a binary asteroid to be…

Regulus and it’s Rare Lunar Occultation

When the moon blocks three planets in a rare…

Science-in-progress: Did the Bullet Cluster withstand scrutiny?

The bullet cluster made dark matter apparent: Has it stood the test of time?

Debunking Planet Nibiru: Another Doomsday is Coming!

Debunking Planet Nibiru: Another Doomsday is Coming! There’s a new Doomsday Conspiracy date looming ahead, and…

Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. It sent back data until

NASA’s Cassini probe has broken apart in Saturn’s atmosphere — ending its 20-year journey 14

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been…

Who’s Out There–It’s a Puzzlement

There is a significant disagreement about where life most likely came to be on

NASA Sets Plan for New Horizons Spacecraft’s Next Superclose Flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will get three times closer to its next flyby target than it got to Pluto…

Massive Asteroid ‘Florence’ Flies Past Earth at Record-Breaking Nearness

Nothing as big as the roughly 2.7-mile-wide asteroid 3122 Florence has ever been observed passing this close to Earth.

$100 Million E.T. Hunt Spots 15 Mysterious Light Flashes

A $100 million search for intelligent aliens has spied 15 bizarre, repeating flashes of light coming from a distant…

Cassini hints at young age for Saturn’s rings

The spectacular rings of Saturn may be relatively young, perhaps…

NASA proposes rapid Mars sample return architecture

WASHINGTON — NASA is studying a “lean” architecture for

Nearby Planet Proxima b’s Atmosphere Was Likely Stripped Long Ago

The nearby alien planet Proxima b may have lost the ability to support life long ago, a new study suggests. [caption…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy: LIFE

Hello again. Last time out, we took a brief look at one avenue where scientists at

The Sun Is Literally Boiling, Releasing Balls of ‘Hot Horror’ Into Space

Although everyone in the U.S. will get to enjoy at least a partial eclipse (assuming there are no clouds…

How Astronomers Use Eclipses to Discover Alien Worlds

As we prepare for the upcoming total solar eclipse set to cross the continental United States on Aug. 21,…

Cassini Enters Final Phase of Its 13-Year-Long Orbit of Saturn

On Monday the probe made the first of five passes through Saturn’s…

The Epic Journey of Both Voyager Spacecraft

We dream of going to the stars, but the reality is that we haven’t made it any farther than…

Vinyl cyanide found on Titan—aliens, have at it

The compound might be suitable for cell membranes. One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Or in this case, one…

The Great American Eclipse Is 2 Weeks Away. Are You Ready?

There are only two weeks until the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. If you’re traveling into the…

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Hot Planet with Earth-Like Stratosphere

The planet, WASP-121b, is a gas giant that lies about 880 light-years from Earth and shows that warm atmospheres…

Eclipse Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?

Total solar eclipses are astonishing events to witness, and preparations for them — particularly for eclipses with paths that…

Four ways anyone can be a scientist during the solar eclipse

Millions of people are expected to turn their heads skyward to watch the Great…

Earth Will Have Its Last Total Solar Eclipse in About 600 Million Years

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, skywatchers will direct most of their attention to the sun, but…

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Will Be ‘One of the Events of the Century’

NEW YORK — On a midsummer night’s eve, veteran meteorologist and…

NASA needs your help during the August eclip

Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science. On August 21, a shadow will fall across North America—and we can’t wait. Towns…

Big, Dangerous Comets More Common Than Thought

There are a lot more big, potentially dangerous comets zooming through deep space than scientists had thought, a new study…

Op-ed | Mars footprints or planetary defense?

The U.S. Senate should soon be tasked with confirming…

Bad News for Life: TRAPPIST-1 Planets’ Atmospheres May Have Been Destroyed

The potentially Earth-like planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system may not be so conducive to life after all, two new studies…

Your Need to Upgrade Connected Devices Makes Astronomy Difficult

If you’ve been alive for the past 10-20 years, you’ve probably heard a few things about something called “radio…

Future Space Colony? Maybe We Should Look Beyond Mars to Saturn’s Titan Moon

Instead of just sending humans on a one-shot mission to look for life on the surface, a new paper…

Calm Seas on Saturn’s Moon Titan Offer a Smooth Landing for Future Missions

Waves on the seas of Titan are less than a one-quarter of an inch high, which would provide a…

Two Galaxies Zooming Past One Another Captured in Hubble Image

An unusual double galaxy sparkles in a gorgeous photo by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to peer into the depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

We’re getting our closest view ever of the 10,000-mile-wide storm. Humankind has been ogling Jupiter’s Great…

Did Life on Earth Come From Outer Space?

A look at the scientific evidence for panspermia. Where did life come from? It remains one the biggest…

Vector raises $21 million for small launch vehicle development

WASHINGTON — Vector, one of a number of companies developing small launch vehicles in response to growing small satellite…

The Search for the Next Large Asteroid That Might Slam Into Earth

On June 30 — International Asteroid Day — skywatchers are raising awareness about “humanity’s greatest challenge”: the lack of…

Planet 10? Another Earth-Size World May Lurk in the Outer Solar System

A planet-size object may be orbiting the sun in the icy reaches of the solar system beyond Pluto. [caption id=”attachment_13860″…

Is It Time to Rethink How We Search for Alien Life?

WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly

Here’s How You Can Watch a Solar Eclipse Without Messing Up Your Eyes

As the Great American Solar Eclipse approaches, NASA says that with the right information, skywatchers can safely view the…

More Alien Worlds! NASA to Announce New Exoplanet Finds Monday

NASA will announce the latest crop of planet discoveries from the 

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