Astronomy

31 Planets Were Just Re-Named After Astronomers, Poltergeists, Don Quixote, and More

The International Astronomical Union just held their first public vote to rename 31 exoplanets and 14 stars, with nominations...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 4:32PM

How to Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower This Weekend

There's a spectacular annual show that will appear across the sky this weekend: the Geminids meteor shower. It's technically already...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 2:29PM

We Finally Know What's Causing Ceres's White Spots

Ceres's white spots have been one of the biggest scientific mysteries in recent memory, with speculated causes ranging from water ice...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 - 1:42PM

More Than Half of Kepler's Gas Giants May Not Exist

It's always exciting when Kepler discovers a new exoplanet, and it's generally assumed that there is a relatively low chance of a...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 - 5:15PM

Mesmerizing Video Maps All of the Kepler Exoplanet Systems

In this amazing video (which will hypnotize you if you stare at it long enough), Youtube user Ethan Kruse has mapped every single...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 - 2:57PM

Infographic: The 10 Most Earth-Like Exoplanets Discovered So Far

Though they were predicted long ago, the existence of planets outside of our solar system wasn't actually confirmed until 1992...

Kieran Dickson
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 5:22PM

Watch: NASA Captures "Superheated Fireworks" on the Sun in Multiple Wavelengths

On November 15, the sun let out a massive coronal mass ejection that resembled a "canyon of fire" extending for more than 300,000 km....

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 2:16PM

How to Watch the Leonids Meteor Shower This Week

Every year, the Leonid meteor shower peaks in mid-November, showering the sky with meteors that appear to be coming from the Leo...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 16 November 2015 - 12:50PM

Planetary Society Co-Founder Says Humans Will Settle Mars, But That Will Be the Last Stop for Space Exploration

The Mission to Mars is at the forefront of everyone's minds in terms of human spaceflight and space colonization, but since we're...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 13 November 2015 - 1:15PM

Astronomers Discover the Closest Earth-Sized Exoplanet As of Yet

Not long ago, scientists found the closest rocky exoplanet to earth orbiting a star in the constellation Cassiopeia. This was a huge...

Zain Charkawi
Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 8:52PM

Pluto May Have Ice Volcanoes on Its Surface

It's been four months since New Horizons's historic flyby past the enigmatic Pluto, and NASA is finally ready to release their...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 11:41AM

It Looks Like KIC 8462852 Probably Doesn’t Host an Alien Dyson Sphere After All

It was definitely a long shot, but when every geek and sci-fi enthusiast around the world heard that astronomers may have detected an...

Zain Charkawi
Saturday, 07 November 2015 - 11:44AM

NASA Releases the First Amazing Images from Cassini's Enceladus Encounter

Cassini just took a deep dive into Enceladus's geysers on Wednesday, and while we don't yet have the potentially historic results from...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 30 October 2015 - 3:36PM

How to Watch This Week's Rare Venus-Jupiter-Mars Conjunction

This week, Venus, Jupiter, and Mars will come together in a close encounter that will be bright enough to see without the use of a...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 11:13AM

5 Things That Would Happen If We Ever Found Intelligent Alien Life

The search for extraterrestrial life has been in the public consciousness for decades, but what would happen if we actually succeeded?...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 26 October 2015 - 1:16PM

This May Be the Best Alternative Explanation to That Extraterrestrial Dyson Sphere So Far

Within the next week, astronomers are expected to have an answer regarding the cause of the bizarre, irregular dips in brightness of...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 26 October 2015 - 11:44AM

Real-Life "Death Star" Has the Power to Destroy an Entire Planet

The Death Star of the Star Wars universe is a ship equipped with a planet-destroying laser, but as it turns out, real stars can...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 5:15PM

The Search for an Extraterrestrial Dyson Sphere Has Begun

Recently, a newly discovered star kicked up a media storm when astronomers detected bizarre brightness patterns that some...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 11:34AM

Astronaut Playlist: Scott Kelly Shares the Songs that Capture His Year in Space

Scott Kelly is spending a full year in space, becoming the first astronaut in history to do so. It's amazing and historic, but also...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 10:26AM

Infographic: All the Ways to Detect an Exoplanet from Earth

There are billions of exoplanets in the known universe, but only a small fraction are detectable from Earth. Bodies outside of our...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 5:16PM