Astronomy

The NASA TESS Spacecraft Just Discovered Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Orbiting A Star Sixty Light Years Away

Earlier this week, we got to see the TESS spacecraft's "first light" images – the first photos a telescope takes after being fully...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 12:34PM

NASA's TESS Space Telescope Just Captured Its First 'Official' Images of the Stars

Last May, NASA's TESS spacecraft (short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) took its first test photo of the cosmos, but...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 12:32PM

Scientists Discover Over a Dozen 'Ice Volcanoes' on the Solar System's Largest Asteroid

There's a lot of weird stuff floating around in space, including interstellar grease and at least one asteroid worth about $700...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 12:30PM

Two Galaxies Collided to Create a Ring of Black Holes... Or Neutron Stars

A while ago, we reported on Sean Raymond's fascinating research into whether Isaac Asimov's fictional planet Kalgash (which was bathed...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 10:44AM

An Exoplanet Twice the Size of Earth Has Been Discovered 145 Light Years Away

Using data from NASA's Kepler Space telescope, a grad school student and an international team of researchers have discovered an...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 07 September 2018 - 10:59AM

Astronomers Have Spotted a Monstrous Star Factory Built Around Three Galactic Cores

Astronomers have spotted some pretty amazing (and disturbing) things lurking in the far reaches of the universe, like a huge black...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 1:22PM

Fiery Meteor Falling Near Perth, Australia Caught on Camera Last Night

No matter how many times you see one, watching a meteor fall to Earth is still surreal--especially the most recent one near Perth....

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 - 1:23PM

Scientists May Have Spotted Ghostly Black Holes From the Universe Before This One

Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered which ones are already dead? It's common knowledge that it can take starlight a long...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 27 August 2018 - 12:12PM

'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid the Size of a 747 Will Fly Past Earth Next Week

While NASA's OSIRIS REx mission heads to the asteroid Bennu and JAXA's Hayabusa2 investigates Ryugu, another asteroid has decided to...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 23 August 2018 - 12:34PM

Scientists Confirm New Aurora-Like Phenomenon Called A 'Skyglow' But There Are Some Who Call It... STEVE?

We like to think of the scientific community as being a group of Very Serious Individuals™ committed to approaching natural...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 - 11:59AM

Boiled Alive: How Exoplanets With Large Reserves Of Liquid Water Could Be Deadly To Humans

When people hear the phrase "water world," their first thought is often a long-repressed memory of that Kevin Costner...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 20 August 2018 - 11:16AM

Earth Is Surrounded By A Swarm Of Lightning-Fast "Mini-Moons" That We Can Mine Like Asteroids, New Research Reveals

It's easy to look at Jupiter's 63 moons and feel a little left out: Earth has only one moon and – although it's pretty nice –...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 16 August 2018 - 12:05PM

Astronomers Spot Free-Floating Titanium in an Ultra-Hot Exoplanet's Atmosphere

The exoplanet KELT-9b is hot. Extremely hot. Almost star-level hot. For comparison, the hottest planet in our solar system, Venus,...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 16 August 2018 - 11:34AM

It's Your Last Chance To Turn Your Eyes To The Skies For The 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower This Week

Every year around this time, at least since 36CE, a light show has commanded the attention of skywatchers around the world. Named...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 - 1:10PM

As The 'Incredible Hulk' Comet Makes Its Closest Approach To Earth Today, Pray It Does Not Smash Us

When you think of comets – those glorious snowballs blazing through the night sky – you probably picture a fiery, star-white...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 - 10:50AM

First Contact? Mystified Scientists Detect Strange Radio Signal Emanating From Deep Space

Something outside our galaxy is signaling us. An unnaturally-deep fast radio burst came booming out of the skies and astronomers are...

Scarlett James
Monday, 06 August 2018 - 12:20PM

NASA Official Describes Hunt For 'Strange, Fantastic Worlds' As New Alien-Hunting TESS Telescope Officially Begins Its Mission

Members of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) team announced late last week that the agency's new telescope has...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 30 July 2018 - 10:44AM

Lunar Lies! American Headlines Are Leaving Out One Vital Fact About Tonight's Blood Moon... And It Won't Please You

It's the top-trending story on Google News' science section and it's making the rounds in headlines across the world. We're talking,...

K.S. Anthony
Friday, 27 July 2018 - 10:51AM

Einstein’s Theory of Gravitational Redshift Has Just Been Proven On a Supermassive Scale

One aspect of Einstein’s theory of general relativity has just been proven on an unheard-of supermassive scale at the center of the...

Scarlett James
Thursday, 26 July 2018 - 1:40PM

Astronomers Have Found A New Way To Spot Exoplanets In Archival Images

Astronomers have found thousands of exoplanet candidates over the years, but don't let that number fool you — it's not an easy...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 26 July 2018 - 11:57AM