Space

Astronomers Say They Have Proof the Milky Way Galaxy Is Still Expanding—And No One Can Explain It

There are a couple tenets astronomers and cosmologists live by: light sets the speed limit for the universe, nothing can escape a...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 - 12:37PM

The European Commission Just Launched the First Satellite Designed to Remove Space Debris

As the world gears up for the new space race, it's easy to forget that space isn't the virgin soil it used to be--thanks to decades of...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 - 10:51AM

Space Station Tiangong-1 Finally Crash Landed Near the South Pacific 'Spacecraft Graveyard'

After weeks of speculation, Tiangong-1 — the falling space station which could crash nearly anywhere in the world — made its...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 6:37PM

Astronomers Just Found the Most Distant Star Ever Observed: A Giant Blue 'Sun' 9 Billion Light-Years Away

Astronomers can spot supernovas from a galaxy away (even quick ones), but observing individual stars is much harder. In the cosmic...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 12:57PM

NASA Says the Future of Humans Exploring Mars Depends on Robot Bees—Here's Why

Rovers are so 20th century, and drones are so last year--NASA is looking to the future of space exploration and has a plan for...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 11:35AM

Tiangong-1 Was Supposed to Crash in a 'Satellite Graveyard' in the Ocean Called Point Nemo

When things are going well, we typically dispose of satellites that need to be taken out of orbit by landing them as far away from...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 01 April 2018 - 3:19PM

NASA and ESA Test Their High-Tech Mars Parachutes For Upcoming Martian Missions

We're about to see a lot more Mars missions in the next few years, as space agencies and companies around the world prepare for the...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 01 April 2018 - 12:14PM

The Harsh Clouds of Venus Could Still Support Unique Kinds of Alien Life

Mars may be named after the Roman god of war, but Venus is a much more hostile planet, with high pressures and an average surface...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 5:15PM

Falling Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Will Be Difficult to See Up In The Sky

You would think that as a falling satellite came closer and closer to Earth's atmosphere, we would be able to pinpoint exactly where...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 7:48PM

NASA's InSight Lander Will Look Under the Surface of Mars For the First Time

Mars doesn't experience earthquakes (or rather, "marsquakes") in the same way Earth does, because Mars doesn't have appear to have...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 8:11PM

Astronomers Discover a Transparent, Seemingly Impossible Galaxy Without Dark Matter In It

Despite how little we know about dark matter, we can tell when it's there, from the way it impacts galaxies and causes strange...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 6:36PM

Falling Chinese Space Station Update: Tiangong-1 Satellite May Crash Into New Jersey on Easter

There's nothing we can do to stop Tiangong-1, China's first space satellite, from falling out of orbit and crashing through the...

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

Astronomers Say Newfound Metal Planet as Dense as Mercury May Finally Reveal How Our Solar System Formed

Mercury is special among the planets in our solar system for a number of reasons (not least because Han Solo has been spotted frozen...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 10:21AM

NASA's James Webb Telescope is Delayed Yet Again After Failing Its Latest Tests

Once it's finally in space, the James Webb Space Telescope will be one of the most powerful telescopes in NASA's arsenal. Which is...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 6:41PM

Astronomers Say They've Found a Brown Dwarf With Its Own Planet for the First Time in History

What's the difference between a planet and a star?This isn't a set-up for a dumb joke, but rather a genuine question that astronomers...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 1:51PM

Basic Math Reveals How Many Advanced Alien Species Live in Our Galaxy

The Milky Way galaxy is a big place.With well over a hundred billion stars and plenty of planets in orbit around them, it makes sense...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 1:17PM

NASA Has No Plans To Purchase Any Falcon Heavy Rockets From SpaceX

When SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon Heavy rocket last month, they didn't just launch a car into space. They made a pretty...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 6:43PM

Scientists Just Observed One of the Fastest, Brightest Supernovas in History

Supernovas pack a lot of punch, to put it lightly--they can outshine galaxies and expel more energy than our Sun's lifetime output,...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 1:02PM

The Mysterious Tabby's Megastar Just Dimmed Again—Are Aliens Making Contact or Is It Just 'Cosmic Dust'?

Though KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby's star, is probably not host to an alien megastructure like a Dyson Sphere or an orbiting...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 11:31AM

Conditions of Early Life on Earth Suggest Aliens Could Survive on Frozen Moons Like Europa and Titan

One of the biggest points of speculation surrounding exploration of our own solar system is whether or not many of the frozen, icy...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 11:30AM