Discovery

April 22, 2017

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit […]
April 21, 2017

A warp in space-time just gave us four views of one exploding star

Astronomers catch a galaxy magnifying and splitting the light from a supernova Although the night sky often seems so peaceful and still, a closer look reveals […]
April 20, 2017

Astronomers Say This Distant ‘Super-Earth’ Might Just Be Habitable

A recently found exoplanet has astronomers thinking that it may be the best place to look for signs of life beyond our solar system. Move over, […]
April 18, 2017

Astronomers Capture the First ‘Image’ of the Dark Matter That Holds the Universe Together

Researchers have produced what they say is the first composite image of a dark matter filament that connects galaxies across the cosmos. For decades, scientists have […]
April 17, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Reviewing Astrobiology by David C. Catling

Astrobiology—a Very Short Introduction by David C. Catling, Oxford University Press, 2013 is one of several hundred titles in Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series. I hesitate […]
April 15, 2017

An Asteroid the Size of the Rock of Gibraltar Is Hurtling Toward Earth… but Don’t Worry

NASA says there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, but this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this […]
April 14, 2017

Saturn’s moon has just about everything you need to make life

Deep-sea vents could infuse Enceladus’ ocean with microbe food The results are back from the Cassini spacecraft’s closest encounter with Enceladus, and they’re good news for […]
April 13, 2017

Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin Passengers Can’t Use the Bathroom and Shouldn’t Barf

The Blue Origin founder and CEO says his company has no plans to install systems on New Shepard to deal with human waste during flight. COLORADO […]
April 12, 2017

Jupiter Now Has a ‘Great Cold Spot’ to Go With Its Great Red Spot

A new massive storm has been spotted in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere, and it’s considerably cooler than its blistering surroundings. With its massive size, enormous magnetic field […]