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NASA Will Fly Closer To The Sun Than Ever Before With A Probe Launching This Week

When Icarus ignored Daedalus' warning not to fly to close to the sun, things didn't end well for the hapless flyer. This weekend, NASA...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 - 10:08AM

Astrophysicist Says 2.86 Million Earth-Like Planets Could Orbit a Black Hole

If you had a degree in astrophysics, access to high-powered computers, and a love of sci-fi, you might do what Sean Raymond did:...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 11 June 2018 - 1:02PM

The Mystery of Mars' Missing Atmosphere May Finally Be Solved

Right now, we're pretty sure that Mars had liquid water on its surface at one point and that it was probably hospitable to life.  ...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 04 June 2018 - 12:01PM

William Shatner's Name is Traveling To The Sun On a High Tech Solar Probe

While William Shatner is best known for portraying daring space captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, he has a tendency to end up in...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 5:38PM

Our Sun Has Waves Just Like Earth: How an NYU Abu Dhabi Professor and Max Planck Astrophysicists Stumbled Upon This Discovery

A team of astrophysicists at the Max Planck Institute lead by a research professor from NYU Abu Dhabi have made the groundbreaking...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - 12:33PM

The Sun Will Become an Enormous Dusty Nebula When It Finally Dies

It's hard to imagine that we'll worry about the sun toward the end of its life. Since it has at least 5 billion years left, there's a...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 07 May 2018 - 6:40PM

A Sudden Solar Storm Lights Up the Sky With 'Electric Blue Auroras'

While dangerous on occasion, geomagnetic storms are typically harmless. And they're undetectable to the average person except in one...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 4:04PM

Large 'Hole' in The Sun Will Cause a Geomagnetic Storm and Flashier Auroras

Looks like our sun has a hole in it again. It's a little too cosmically enormous to patch up, and it'll eventually go away, but Earth...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 8:29PM

NASA's First Mission to The Sun is Entering Its Final Preparations Before Launch

There isn't much that can approach a powerful star like the sun without burning up from the heat. And that's part of what makes the...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 08 April 2018 - 1:48PM

Solar Storms Could Pose a Threat to Self-Driving Cars

We've seen field tests, but we're not at the point where self-driving or autonomous cars are a widespread phenomenon. But when that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 17 March 2018 - 3:33PM

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

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Could Send Your Name to the Sun

Assuming you're not mentioned anywhere in the Voyager 1 probe's records in interstellar space, you have an opportunity to send your...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 7:44PM

'Plasma Bubbles' Can Lead to Solar Flares and Auroras

The process of "fast magnetic reconnection" may not seem to interesting, but it plays a role in a lot of extremely bright and...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 04 March 2018 - 2:27PM

'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

The Sun Is Getting Dimmer But That Won't Stop Global Warming

If you're a big fan of sunbathing, you might want to take advantage of warm, sunny days as much as possible this year; they're not...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 09 February 2018 - 10:42AM

The Sun Just Produced the Strongest Magnetic Field Ever Seen and No One Can Explain It

When a team of Japanese astronomers were combing through four-year-old solar data, they never expected to discover a giant sunspot...

Justin Joffe
Thursday, 08 February 2018 - 10:12AM

Looking at Mercury Reveals How the Sun is Losing Its Mass

The sun is losing mass very, very slowly. This is mostly normal —  as it goes about its nuclear fusion process, it gradually...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 3:19PM

NASA Uses Lasers to Test Their Parker Solar Probe

NASA's Parker Solar Probe was given its name for a couple reasons. It's not just a probe that will run on solar power; it's a probe...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 8:34PM

This Solar Storm Could Cause $10 Trillion in Damage

It's not a question of if--it's a question of when. As our technology continues to advance, we're becoming increasingly vulnerable to...

Ian S.
Monday, 13 November 2017 - 2:16PM

NASA Reports Comet Flying Dangerously Close to the Sun

Some comets are clearly thrillseekers.96P is a cosmic rock that's been seen buzzing around the solar system with great regularity over...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 - 11:26AM