November 13, 2017

His Very Own Asteroid: Space Rock Named for Italian Astronaut

A European astronaut now has a permanent presence in space. Luca Parmitano — who flew on the International Space Station in 2013 — has an asteroid named after […]
November 3, 2017

Space dust is stirring this star’s plasma soup

375 light years away in the constellation Hydra is a dusty star. W Hydrae is one of the brightest in our night sky, and it’s gathering tiny […]
October 13, 2017

If an astronaut gets hurt on the moon, this is how we’ll rescue them

In the event of a lunar emergency, use pulleys. Looks like we’re going back to the moon. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence announced a new priority to […]
August 4, 2016

Farewell Philae: Lander tweets its heartbreaking goodbyes

The Electrical Support System Processor Unit on Rosetta is being switched off After almost two years of extreme highs and devastating lows, the Philae lander has bid its […]
July 31, 2016

Europe's space agency will beam your message to Polaris

The interstellar message in a bottle will travel 434 light-years away. The European Space Agency (ESA) is collecting messages from people around the world to send to a […]
July 1, 2016

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? New Moon Rising?

Hello again. Last time out, we looked at 10 factors conducive to life, and in doing so, found out why Earth is so special. We also […]
February 12, 2016

Ground control bids farewell to Philae comet lander

Ground controllers say it is time to give up hope of ever hearing again from the comet lander Philae. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission dropped […]
January 25, 2016

Goodbye, Philae

Philae, the European Space Agency’s comet lander, made history and melted hearts when it touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as part of the Rosetta mission in […]
January 20, 2016

Study confirms that something's weird about the 'alien megastructure' star

Astronomers really want to know what’s happening around a star that’s 1,480 light-years away. In October, astronomers floated the idea that the star KIC 8462852 could […]