Astrophysics

A Gigantic Solar Flare Disrupted Radio Communications on Earth

Not to scare you, but if anything were to take out our means of worldwide communication, like, say, an enormous solar flare, we'd all...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 07 September 2017 - 7:27PM

How a Watch Saved the Apollo 13 Mission

Ever since Apollo 13 hit theaters in 1995, everyone remembers the scene where NASA staff were able to cobble together a square CO2...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 - 4:18PM

Three Big Ways 'The Expanse' Does Science Right

Syfy's The Expanse has won praise from fans and critics for being one of the most scientifically rigorous sci-fi shows on TV, to the...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 01 September 2017 - 5:50PM

Black Holes Outside Our Galaxy are Moving in 'Weird and Exciting' Ways

Last year's discovery of gravitational waves rocked the field of astronomy, and since then, researchers have pored over the strange...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 7:45PM

The Solar Eclipse Is Causing Weird Changes in the Sun's Magnetic Field

The day has finally come. August 21st, 2017, the great American total solar eclipse. Millions across the country are flocking to bear...

Chelsea Gohd
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 12:31PM

Titan's Alien Lakes Might Be Perfect Landing Spots for Colonization Probes

Titan, Saturn’s largest Moon, has the potential to be an ideal location for human colonization and exploration within our Solar...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 2:52PM

Watch What Happens When Lightning Misses the Earth

If you sat down to draw a lightning bolt, it would probably look like it’s facing down, reminiscent of Harry Potter’s scar. But...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 12:31PM

Watch What Happens When a Star Meets a Black Hole

Ever since Soundgarden's hit song, people have wondered what a "black hole sun" would look like. And the answer is actually pretty...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 17 April 2017 - 12:21PM

Astronomers Have Discovered a Tatooine-Like Star System

It looks like Star Wars may not have taken place so far, far away after all. Scientists have just announced a star system that is...

Johnny Brayson
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 9:47PM

CERN Scientists Directly Interact with Antimatter for the First Time

Today, after 20 years or research, CERN's ALPHA collaboration has announced the very first measurement of a spectral line in an...

Noelle Phansalkar
Monday, 26 December 2016 - 11:41AM

Superluminous Supernova Found to Be a Black Hole

ASASSN-25lh, a massive explosion detected in 2015, was first classified as a superluminous supernova - more specifically, the...

Noelle Phansalkar
Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 5:13PM

A Dying Star Foreshadows Earth's Demise

A spectacular celestial event might may foreshadow an ominous fate for Earth. Leen Decin, professor at the KU Leuven Institute of...

Noelle Phansalkar
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 3:51PM

Is the Death Star Big Enough to Create Its Own Gravity?

If you didn't make it to Outer Places' panel on the science of Star Wars this year at Comic-Con, here's the next best thing: a video...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 04 November 2016 - 2:15PM

The James Webb Space Telescope is Finally Complete

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was conceptualized two decades ago and has faced setbacks that have changed it’s estimated...

Zain Charkawi
Thursday, 03 November 2016 - 7:37PM

According to Two PhDs, Scientists Already Have the Genophage from Mass Effect

We've spoken in the past about Mass Effect's use of quantum entanglement to create a communicator that can transmit messages securely...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 10 October 2016 - 2:05PM

Juno’s First Flyby Reveals Jupiter’s North Pole is Like Nothing We’ve Ever Imagined

NASA has just received the first data and images of Jupiter’s north pole from the Juno spacecraft, and what they’ve found is...

Zain Charkawi
Friday, 02 September 2016 - 3:15PM

The Observable Universe is 320 Million Light-Years Smaller Than We Previously Believed

The Planck satellite has recently gathered data that has led to some new calculations regarding the size of the observable universe....

Zain Charkawi
Saturday, 27 August 2016 - 4:06PM

Microscopic Black Holes with the Mass of the Moon Might Be Shooting Through the Universe

Black holes are some of the most mysterious (and most frightening) features in our Universe. But as it turns out, they might be even...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 22 August 2016 - 12:41PM

NASA Makes All of Their Scientific Research Available for Free

While the internet can be something of a mixed bag, one of the most positive developments of the internet age is the accessibility of...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 11:38AM

Don't Panic, Asteroid Bennu Won't Destroy the Earth

In September, NASA will launch their OSIRIS-REx mission, which will see NASA send a space probe to asteroid 101955 Bennu, take a...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 10:10AM