Astronomy

Trappist-1 Can't Support Life: Scientists Discover Exoplanets Have Too Much Water

In the search for alien life, liquid water always seems to be the Holy Grail. Oceans are even better--oceans mean a lot of water and...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 11:12AM

NASA Has Fired Up a New Tool For Staring Directly at the Sun

Fact: staring directly at the sun is a bad idea. The bright light from our planet's star can cause genuine retinal damage to anyone...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 1:03PM

Jupiter's Giant Red Spot Isn't Just Shrinking—It's Getting Taller and Turning Orange

Some things in our solar system never change. Saturn? It has those cool rings. Neptune? Has that cool blue color. Jupiter? Has a giant...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 11:35AM

Astronomers Say Aliens Sending Us Signals Will Be Long Dead Before Their Messages Arrive

In a time of instant messaging and the ability to circulate data around the world with a minimal delay, sending and receiving...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 11:32AM

Fastest Burst of 'Alien' Radio Waves From Space in History Detected by Astronomers

We like to think we know a lot about space. We can identify the chemical composition of an exoplanet's atmosphere from light-years...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 11:28AM

Interstellar Water: The Secret to Finding Habitable Planets With the James Webb Telescope

Life needs a couple basic things: Reasonable temperatures, a lack of stellar radiation, and liquid water.If Proxima Centauri b is any...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 10:56AM

Hubble Tracks Down a 'Relic Galaxy' Near the Milky Way

Out of the many tasks which involve the Hubble Space Telescope, one in particular involved an "Indiana Jones-type quest" (NASA's...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 12 March 2018 - 8:03PM

Hubble Telescope Captures an Impressive Galactic Collision

Some of the flashiest and most gigantic events we've seen out in space involve galaxies colliding into each other. A galactic merger...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 11 March 2018 - 1:01PM

Minivan-Sized Meteor Fireball Stuns Washington State

This past Wednesday, people from Oregon to British Columbia witnessed one of the biggest fireballs in years and heard what was likely...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 09 March 2018 - 12:40PM

Hubble Takes an Amazing and Baffling Photo of a Distant Ring of Light

Bright lights, debris clouds, and other weird phenomena are littered throughout the universe, but there's nothing else quite like the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 6:25PM

Hazardous Skyscraper-Sized Asteroid Passing Earth Exposes Future Threats

The sheer number of potentially world-ending asteroids swinging by our planet each month is enough to make a stargazer paranoid, but...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 11:31AM

Rare Planetary Alignment Thursday: The Moon, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn

Getting up early is always a difficult experience. It can be disheartening to have to climb out of bed while it's still dark out and...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 10:33AM

Astronomers Find 3 Nearby Super-Earth Exoplanets in Newly Discovered Solar System

All things considered, the Earth is small--very small. Out of the thousands of exoplanets we've found over the past few years, only a...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 02 March 2018 - 1:12PM

Signals From Ancient Stars Could Provide Clues About Dark Matter

Just the other day, news broke that radio signals created by some of the earliest stars in the universe had finally reached Earth...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 01 March 2018 - 8:04PM

Hubble Telescope Finds New Exoplanet With a Water-Filled Atmosphere

Searching the known universe for Earth-like planets is a tiring process, because even beyond its size and relative distance from the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 01 March 2018 - 6:33PM

Scientists Detect Radio Waves From the Universe's Oldest Stars

It's not possible to get a good look at the Big Bang. While telescopes can be used to see millions of years into the past, thanks to...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 6:44PM

'Ultraluminous X-Ray Source' Provides New Clues About Neutron Stars

If the phrase "ultraluminous x-ray source" sounds cool to you, rest assured the actual thing is just as fascinating. First...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 26 February 2018 - 7:52PM

Trump Wants NASA to Build a $2.7 Billion Lunar Space Station

Five years from now could see humans living near the moon. Part of President Trump's 2019 NASA budget proposal allocates $2.7 billion...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 11:26AM

Amateur Astronomer Discovers Distant Supernova While Testing a New Camera

After years of study and searching, astronomers have finally gained a look at the earliest start of a supernova's massive explosion....

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 6:35PM

Astronomers Have Discovered a Bunch of New 'Ultramassive' Black Holes

First, a little perspective: the sun is about 330,000 times more massive than the Earth, which means it's large enough to fit 1.3...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 12:18PM