Astronomy

NASA: Fireball Over Cuba Exploded With Energy of One Kiloton of TNT

If you were in the Florida Keys or Viñales, Cuba last Friday and you saw a fireball explode overhead with an ear-shattering sonic...

K.S. Anthony
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 - 11:43AM

What's This Weekend's 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' All About, Anyway?

If you're seeing news of the upcoming super-blood-wolf-moon-apocalypse and thinking to yourself, "wait, didn't we just have one of...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - 10:37AM

One of Our Closest Neighboring Stars May Have a Super-Earth Capable of Supporting Life

Though you might not have heard of it, Barnard's Star is something of a celebrity among fans of science and sci-fi--apart from being...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 14 January 2019 - 12:51PM

Citizen Scientists Helped Discover a Distant Exoplanet That May Hold Liquid Water

Using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, a group of citizen scientists have made an intriguing discovery: an exoplanet twice...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 11 January 2019 - 9:56AM

Who's Calling? Scientists Pick Up Mysterious Repeating Radio Signals From Distant Galaxy

Like Tabby's Star, the mystery surrounding 'fast radio bursts' (or FRBs) has piqued the interest of scientists and science enthusiasts...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 10 January 2019 - 12:42PM

NASA's TESS Telescope Just Found An Unusually Cool Sub-Neptune Alien Planet And Six Supernovae

Since its first published photo in May, NASA's TESS (short for "Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite") has discovered more than 80...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 - 12:25PM

Astronomers Have Discovered Earth-Like Planets That May Have Plentiful Rubies and Sapphires

When Goldman Sachs declared that the first trillionaire would make their money in mining asteroids (like Psyche 16, a space rock...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 December 2018 - 12:41PM

NASA Research Confirms That Saturn Is Losing Its Rings at an 'Extremely Fast' Pace

We wouldn't say we take Saturn's rings for granted, but the idea of them someday not being there has never really crossed our minds,...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 10:57AM

Researchers Have Discovered a Neptune-Sized "Balloon" Planet With a Helium-Filled Atmosphere

An international group of researchers led by a team at the University of Geneva have found an exoplanet with an atmosphere that is...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 07 December 2018 - 1:09PM

Prehistoric Cave Drawings Suggest Early Humans Were Advanced Astronomers

They may not have had WiFi or indoor plumbing, but our cave dwelling ancestors were smarter and much more advanced than some people...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - 11:15AM

Instead of Alien Life, Astronomers Just Found Water on This Giant Exoplanet

Despite millions of light-years between us and most exoplanets, we're not only getting better at spotting them, we're now able to...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 26 November 2018 - 1:05PM

Astronomers Spot Two Starless Rogue Planets Drifting Through Space

Over the past year or so, different scientific studies have argued that so-called 'rogue planets' (ie, planets without a star to...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 2:02PM

A 'Dark Matter Hurricane' Will Pass By Our Solar System, and Scientists Are Excited

A 'dark matter hurricane' sounds like something out of a comic book, but it's nevertheless real (as far as we know--dark matter is a...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 1:53PM

Scientists Capture First-Ever Photos Of Supermassive Black Holes in the Midst of 'Hidden' Galactic Mergers

Few things are more powerful, cataclysmic, or vast than a merger between supermassive black holes, but galactic mergers are one of...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 08 November 2018 - 1:49PM

Scientists Have Spotted A 'Cannibal Vampire Star' Escaping The Milky Way Galaxy

If there are galactic archaeologists, what about stellar homicide detectives? Scientists recently spotted a star called CPD 64°2731...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 08 November 2018 - 1:17PM

One of the Oldest Stars in the Universe Discovered in Earth's Backyard

Science Alert reports a team of astronomers have discovered a little star in the Milky Way Galaxy believed to be around 13.5 billion...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 - 12:10PM

New Harvard Study Suggests 'Oumuamua Is of Alien Origin

Just when we thought the question was settled for good, here we are again: discussing whether the tumbling, cigar-shaped object known...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 05 November 2018 - 1:35PM

Two 'Dust Moons' Spotted Orbiting Earth End Decades Of Controversy In The Scientific Community

Two new studies (found here and here) have found compelling evidence for the existence of 'dust moons' called Kordylewski dust...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 02 November 2018 - 12:57PM

Galactic Archaeologists Find Stars in our Milky Way That Survived an Ancient Galaxy Merger

There are some awesome job titles out there, like "Digital Prophet" and "Dean of Pizza, but "galactic archaeologist" probably takes...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 01 November 2018 - 1:12PM

The Hubble Telescope Spots a Cosmic 'Bat Shadow' Cast by a Young Solar System Like Ours

One thing many people don't understand about astronomy is that you can learn as much from what you can't see as what you can. Black...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 01 November 2018 - 12:36PM