Astronomy

The Andromeda Galaxy Is on a Collision Course With the Milky Way

In about four billion years, we're going to see a collision of quite literally galactic proportions: the Milky Way and the Andromeda...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 11:23AM

'Explosive' Solar Flare Storm Approaching Earth Could Cause Trillions in Damage to Power Grid

Stargazers are in for a rare double-feature today: not only do they have the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse, a recent solar...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 10:44AM

$700 Quintillion Asteroid Ignites Space Mining Gold Rush Between Mars and Jupiter

The asteroid Psyche 16 is a very special space rock: it's almost entirely made of metal, including iron, nickel, and gold, which has...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 12 February 2018 - 11:19AM

Chaotic Space Collision Finally Explains Origins of Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua

Just when you thought Oumuamua couldn't surprise us anymore, astronomers have announced that the strange, cigar-shaped object that...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 12 February 2018 - 10:46AM

NASA Just Spotted 2 New 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroids Careening Toward Earth

Two previously unknown "potentially hazardous" asteroids will pass close to Earth this week, and once again we're reminded that a)...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 - 10:17AM

Weirdly Shaped Galaxies Are More Common Than We Thought

New research on the shape and behavior of large galaxies has been published which may upend everything we think we know about the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 01 February 2018 - 6:43PM

Our Best Bet to Find Alien Life May Be 'Biosignature' Gases

Finding alien life isn't an exact science yet--unless we stumble upon microbes on Mars or get a visit from a real-life Klaatu and...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 25 January 2018 - 11:30AM

These Earth-like Trappist-1 Planets Are the Best Candidates for Alien Life Ever Found

Despite being 39 light-years away from out solar system, Trappist-1 may be our best shot at finding habitable exoplanets--and alien...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 12:18PM

Black Holes Are Surrounded by Extremely Strong Interstellar Winds

Everything we knew about black holes could be wrong. Okay, not everything. But there may be a chance, according to new research, that...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 8:13PM

Massive House-Sized Asteroid Will Fly 'Hazardously' Close to Earth Next Week

Unlike that false alarm in Hawaii, this potentially cataclysmic piece of news is real: an asteroid between 22 and 68 meters in...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 10:12AM

NASA Releases a Striking Video Tour of the Orion Nebula

Have you ever wanted to fly through space? In a non-lethal way, of course. And you'd probably have to pick a specific destination,...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 13 January 2018 - 2:58PM

'Potentially Hazardous' Near-Earth Asteroids Will Surge in 2018

Good news: Last year saw a dramatic increase in the number of asteroids that we know about that flew uncomfortably close to the Earth,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 - 11:12AM

Shape-Changing Mirrors Could Help Us Photograph Distant Planets

The planet Proxima-b is camera shy. In fairness, most exoplanets are - it's hardly easy to photograph any planet within our own solar...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 08 January 2018 - 7:08PM

We Just Detected an Alien Radio Signal From This Nearby Galaxy

In the search for life outside of our galaxy, astronomers are always listening for radio signals that could serve as potential...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 08 January 2018 - 10:44AM

Strange Origin of Alien Asteroid Oumuamua Reveals There Are Millions More Like It

If Tabby's Star was the most mysterious star in the galaxy, then alien asteroid Oumuamua is probably the most mysterious rock. The...

Super User
Friday, 05 January 2018 - 10:14AM

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