Astronomy

Check Out the Chaotic New Photo of a Stellar Nursery

Space is a wonderfully beautiful thing; ripe not only with billions upon billions of twinkling lights, but also chaotic, destructive,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 6:47PM

The Closest Earth-Like Exoplanet May Not Be Habitable After All

In 1961, the famous Drake Equation strung together seven variables to give an estimate of how many detectable alien civilizations are...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 11:16AM

Is This Interstellar Asteroid an Alien Spacecraft?

If 2001: A Space Odyssey has taught us one thing, it's to stay away from long, monolith-shaped space objects--a lesson Dr. David...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 10:52AM

Cassini Reveals That Saturn's Rings Mess With the Planet's Weather

Good old Cassini - the probe that just keeps giving us new information, even after its fiery death.While Cassini may have now burned...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 11 December 2017 - 7:28PM

This Planet-Hunting Telescope Revolutionizes the Search for Alien Life

Four-hundred years ago, a telescope was relatively simple: grind a couple lenses, stick 'em in a tube, point and look. Now we have the...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 10:23AM

NASA Finds an Odd Green Comet With Unusual Ingredients

Comet 45P last flew by the Earth around early February 2017, and if you had a chance to see it, you probably remember it as the large...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 03 December 2017 - 12:54PM

The Only Supermoon of 2017 Is This Weekend—Here's How to See It

Sky watchers patiently waiting for the moon to go big this year will finally be rewarded in a couple of days as the only supermoon of...

Ian S.
Friday, 01 December 2017 - 1:33PM

SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket Could Explore Interstellar Asteroid 'Oumuamua

'Oumuamua, the first interstellar asteroid ever discovered, may be within our reach.  Hurtling through our solar system at more...

Ian S.
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 11:45AM

This Gigantic Asteroid Could Destroy Earth in 2036

Don't panic, but a giant asteroid may hit Earth in 2036.Or, at least, it's going to get pretty close to Earth. The jury's still out as...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 11:08AM

Rare Binary Star Explosion Will Ignite the Sky in 2022

Take a moment to remind yourself of one of the most iconic moments in the history of science fiction.Luke Skywalker, frustrated and...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 11:42AM

We Just Discovered 72 New Galaxies Hiding in Plain Sight

One of the wonderful things about astronomy is the fact that there's always something new to be discovered.Stargazers using the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 10:57AM

Thanksgiving Stargazing Menu: Mercury Aligns With Saturn, and More

Thanksgiving is upon us again, but 2017's menu is special: Mercury will align with Saturn to make this year and an unforgettable feast...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 10:24AM

Juno's Photo of a Giant Storm on Jupiter Is Unbelievable

NASA’s Juno spacecraft caught a glimpse of a monster storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere and the resulting photo is nothing...

Ian S.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 12:05PM

Our First Asteroid From Another Solar System Is Shaped Like a Giant Cigar

Years ago, before the era of high definition camera smartphones and when The X-Files ruled television, amateur alien-hunters...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 20 November 2017 - 8:27PM

Pluto's Extra Cold Temperatures Are Caused by Its Hazy Skies

Pluto is far colder than it should be. Sure, it's really far away from the Sun, but based on its distance from its primary source of...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 17 November 2017 - 8:45PM

Close-by Exoplanet May Support Alien Life, Looks Just Like Earth

A newly discovered nearby exoplanet that looks surprisingly like Earth may be the best chance for discovering alien life we've ever...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 11:08AM

Here's the Exact Date an Asteroid Will End Human Civilization

Extinction-level events are ubiquitous in pop culture, but the impending apocalypse is more than fiction--we know the exact date the...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 13 November 2017 - 10:08AM

Venus and Jupiter Align for Rare Planetary Conjunction

Wake up early on Monday, November 13 and you're bound to see a sight that's truly out of this world. One of the skywatching highlights...

Ian S.
Friday, 10 November 2017 - 1:31PM

First-Ever Exomoon Discovery Stuns Astronomers

This is the kind of discovery that changes everything we think we know about the universe.Astronomers have discovered thousands of...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 10 November 2017 - 11:17AM

Astronomers Observe a 'Zombie' Supernova That Keeps Exploding

Is there such a thing as life after death? If you're a star, there might be, but it doesn't sound too pleasant based on what we've...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 - 6:48PM