Discovery

August 11, 2019

This seagull-shaped nebula is a hangout for baby stars

It spans 100 light-years from wingtip to wingtip. In a distant arm of the Milky Way—3,700 light-years from Earth, to be exact—a massive, glowing plume of […]
August 10, 2019

Mysterious, Ancient Radio Signals Keep Pelting Earth. Astronomers Designed an AI to Hunt Them Down.

Sudden shrieks of radio waves from deep space keep slamming into radio telescopes on Earth, spattering those instruments’ detectors with confusing data. And now, astronomers are […]
August 9, 2019

Air Force cubesat successfully deployed from Atlas 5 upper stage

On the way to its target orbit, the Atlas’ Centaur upper stage rocket released a cubesat that was riding as a secondary payload. WASHINGTON — The […]
August 8, 2019

Tardigrades that crash-landed on the moon may still be alive, but they’re not having fun

When Israel’s privately funded Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface on April 11, at least one component may have survived relatively unscathed—an archive of human culture […]
August 7, 2019

Rodent astronauts suggest trips to Mars will make us anxious, forgetful, and afraid

Our brains might experience similar struggles in space radiation. Human bodies evolved to live on Earth, so it’s not surprising that space throws us for a […]
August 5, 2019

What Living on the Moon Would Look Like

The idea of building a colony on the moon where people could live has been floating around for decades, and numerous lunar missions have given us […]
August 4, 2019

If Aliens Are Flashing Laser Beams at Us, We Now Have a Way to Detect Them

Welcome to Project Veritas. Are aliens using super powerful flashlights to get our attention? Astronomers think there’s a chance they are. Since the invention of the […]
August 3, 2019

A Tiny Chinese Lunar Orbiter Just Crashed on the Moon’s Far Side (on Purpose)

Longjiang-2 outlived its planned one-year design life. China’s tiny lunar orbiter Longjiang-2, also known as DSLWP-B, crashed intentionally into the moon’s far side on July 31, according […]
August 2, 2019

It’s Good! Hubble Telescope Scores Big with Football-Shaped Alien Planet

WASP-121b is burning up at 4,600 degrees. Scientists scored a touchdown when they observed heavy metals escaping from the surface of a football-shaped exoplanet that’s way too hot […]