Discovery

May 26, 2017

Jupiter Sounds Like a Fax Machine and Nobody Knows Why

On Thursday, NASA dropped the first motherlode of information collected by the Juno spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since last summer. Comprised of a whopping […]
May 25, 2017

TRAPPIST-1h Orbit Suggests It Is Too Cold for Life

Scientists have confirmed that all seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system circle their star in a sort of gravitational lockstep with one another. The orbits of […]
May 24, 2017

New Mars Rover Looks Like a Real Life Batmobile

Mars is in everyone’s sights, with both NASA and SpaceX planning manned trips to the red planet in the next decade or so, so it makes […]
May 23, 2017

Space Aggressors’ Train US Forces for Extraterrestrial Conflict

Elite military units are specializing in mock space warfare, as Russia and China develop anti-satellite weaponry. In a large, tin-roofed warehouse near Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, members […]
May 20, 2017

That weird ‘alien megastructure’ star is dimming again right now

ASTRONOMERS ARE SCRAMBLING TO TAKE MEASUREMENTS. In late 2015, astronomers noticed something absurd happening around a distant star. Something massive seemed to be blocking as much […]
May 19, 2017

Astronaut’s Time-Lapse Video Features Auroras and Brilliant Sunrise

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet caught stunning views of auroras and a sunrise over Earth from the International Space Station, woven into a new time-lapse video. “The first […]
May 18, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Star Chips? (and required reading for students of alife and exobiology)

When I first heard the idea I was appalled. Spend millions of dollars to pepper the vicinity of Proxima Centauri‘s planet with light-beam-propelled Starchips? Even if […]
May 17, 2017

‘Styrofoam’ Planet Discovery Will Help Us Find Habitable Planets and Alien Life

KELT-11b will help astronomers develop the best tools for assessing habitability or possible life on distant exoplanets. Since the largest exoplanets are the easiest to spot […]
May 15, 2017

SpaceX Will Launch Its 1st Flight for Inmarsat Tonight: Watch It Live

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a hefty communications satellite into orbit tonight (May 15) for London-based Inmarsat, a new customer for […]