Space

Aliens and AI: André Bormanis Explores the Science Behind 'The Orville'

  The Orville is Seth MacFarlane's take on a Star Trek-style space adventure, complete with new galaxy, ship, and crew (who still...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 11:51AM

Fossilized Space Dust Can Teach Us About the Solar System's Formation

There's no denying that fossils are pretty cool. From the humble swirly ammonite to the towering T-Rex, there's plenty to get excited...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 18 September 2017 - 8:32PM

Watch an Exclusive Clip from Nat Geo's Documentary Special on Cassini, Airing Tonight 9/8C!

As of this morning, the Cassini spacecraft is no more. Its 20-year-long mission to explore Saturn and its moons, including Titan and...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 7:00PM

Cassini Ended its 20-Year Mission Today by Crashing Into Saturn

R.I.P. Cassini, the hard-working space probe that's given us a far better understanding of Saturn and its moons.Following thirteen...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 10:40AM

Astronomers Have Found a Planet With a Titanium Atmosphere

In case you needed any proof that space is just the coolest place ever, astronomers have found a super hot gas giant with an...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 7:02PM

The Strongest Solar Flare in Over 10 Years Has Been Unleashed

On the morning of September 6th, the Sun unleashed two brief eruptions of radiation. The first burst was classified as an X-class...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 12:22PM

Super Thin Spacecraft is Designed to Capture Space Debris

Earth's orbit continues to fill up with space debris, and while we haven't seen any real life recreations of Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 10 September 2017 - 6:24PM

Cassini Enters its Final Week Before its Fatal Plunge into Saturn

Cassini's final week is about to begin, with the the famous NASA probe ending its 20 year mission on Friday, September 15, by plunging...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 09 September 2017 - 4:58PM

Another Black Hole is Discovered at the Center of the Milky Way

It's long been established that, deep at the heart of our constantly swirling galaxy, there exists a fantastically powerful...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 08 September 2017 - 7:20PM

Elon Musk Shares a Full Look at SpaceX's Sci-Fi Inspired Spacesuits

As part of his ongoing mission to boldly go where no vacation provider has gone before, Elon Musk has taken another step towards...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 08 September 2017 - 6:46PM

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

Real-Life Suspended Animation on Space Voyages Won't Be Too Different From 'Alien'

The problem with space is that it's really, really big. There's a lot of dead space in between all the interesting bits, and that...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 07 September 2017 - 11:18AM

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

William Shatner Beamed a Message to NASA's Voyager 1 for its 40th Anniversary

Like him or tolerate him, William Shatner is one of the biggest voices in science fiction culture. Playing Captain Kirk on the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 7:25PM

The Air Force's Covert Unmanned X-37B Spaceship Will Hitch a Ride With SpaceX

Back in May, the US Air Force's covert unmanned spaceship, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, returned to Earth after 718 consecutive...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 10:57AM

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

The Sun's Magnetic Field Destroyed a Solar Eruption on its Surface

From this far away, it's eay to look up at the sun and think of it as merely a big ball of static light, kind of like a lamp or a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 6:23PM

Astronomers Capture a Detailed Image of the Distant Star Antares

For the most part, the only star that astronomers have gotten a detailed look at is our own Sun (even if they can't look directly at...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 5:06PM

A Quadcopter Drone Could Soon be Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan

When we think of probes on the surfaces of alien worlds, our minds often conjure images of either the Mars Curiosity rover or that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 12:24PM

Watching Hurricane Harvey From the ISS Is Beautiful and Frightening

Batten down the hatches and brace for really bad news--something big is on the way, and it's not going to end well. Hurricane Harvey,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 10:58AM