Astronomy

The Tarantula Nebula Is Full of Unusually Huge Stars

When scientists name something the Tarantula Nebula, you know there's got to be something cool there.Exceeding all expectations, this...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 04 January 2018 - 6:26PM

The Mystery Surrounding That 'Alien Megastructure' Star Has Finally Been Solved

It's long been called "the most mysterious star in the universe," but we may finally understand once and for all whether this bizarre...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 - 11:32AM

Large Galaxies Can Be Suffocated by Their Black Holes

Deep at the heart of many galaxies, a black hole serves as an anchor for all the stars and other materials to swirl around. The...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 - 6:30PM

Giant Green 'Fireball' Meteor Stuns UK on New Year's Eve

Fireworks weren't the only things streaking across the sky on the last night of 2017. In the UK, hundreds reported seeing a blindingly...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 - 10:35AM

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Have Atmospheres Which Could Support Life

TRAPPIST-1 is a small red dwarf star about 40 lightyears from our sun, but the planets orbiting around it have always been more...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 30 December 2017 - 4:26PM

Meteor Or...? Fireball Lights Up New England Skies

Just because NASA keeps tabs on asteroids like Oumuamua (and that one killer rock that keeps swinging by Earth every couple decades)...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 9:59AM

Is This Unidentified Cosmic String In Milky Way Actually a Star Gate?

Last year, scientists discovered a mysterious, snake-like filament was probing a giant black hole at the center of our galaxy. Now the...

Justin Joffe
Friday, 22 December 2017 - 10:04AM

Alpha Centauri Might Still Be Hiding Earth-Like Planets

Alpha Centauri has long held the interest of stargazers and astronomers, for one very important reason: it's really close to us.Or, at...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 21 December 2017 - 7:48PM

Harbinger Of Doom? Asteroid Looks Like Human Skull

Three years ago on Halloween, a 2,100-foot-wide asteroid came just within 300,000 miles of Earth—the closest an object of that size...

Justin Joffe
Thursday, 21 December 2017 - 10:41AM

'Hugely Important' Discovery May Finally Explain Dark Matter

Whenever you feel like science has gotten a pretty good understanding of how things work in the universe, it's important to...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 - 11:18AM

Scientists Say Habitable Planets May Be Orbiting Pulsars

Every new space discovery we make seems to reinforce one thing: the universe is a lot more complicated than the Drake Equation led us...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 - 10:27AM

Astronomers Find a Comet-Like Planet in Seemingly Impossible Orbit

Astronomers have made an incredibly significant discovery in the form of a so-called "hairy planet" orbiting around a red dwarf...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 18 December 2017 - 7:26PM

Hubble Photo Shows Two Far Off Galaxies Colliding

Far, far away, 350 million light-years from Earth, a pair of galaxies are currently locked in an explosive embrace as they combine...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 15 December 2017 - 8:13PM

'Dangerous' Asteroid Will Skim Earth Tomorrow

If receiving the exact date of humanity's ultimate destruction by asteroid wasn't unnerving enough, the Earth will have a brush with...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 15 December 2017 - 10:16AM

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