Dwarf planet called Goblin. A strange little planet with a colorful name is giving astronomers new evidence in the hunt for Planet X. The Goblin is a newly confirmed dwarf planet that travels to the fringes of the solar system. Formally known as 2015 TG387, the nickname came from the “TG” part of the designation […]
A universe inside every black hole. Most experts agree that the universe started as an infinitely hot and dense point called a singularity. Wait a minute. Isn’t that what people call black holes? It is, in fact, and some physicists say they could be one and the same: the singularity in every black hole might give birth […]
Planet Venus. In his 1954 novel Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov imagined seas filled with life and underwater cities on our neighboring planet. It wasn’t long, however, before we discovered what really lurks beneath Venus’s thick cloud cover. In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States’ and Soviet […]
It was a lazy, hazy, crazy day on Pluto when a spacecraft from Earth flew by at a blistering speed of 31,000 miles per hour two years ago. New Horizons took a bunch of snapshots, made some quick measurements of Pluto’s atmosphere, and sent them all back here, giving planetary scientists their first up-close look […]
Let’s design a deep-space ufo! SPACE REQUIREMENTS: Our deep-space UFO must be large enough to house a human crew of 10 or 12 comfortably for a long period of time (several months). It must contain life support systems, food and water processing equipment, navigation equipment, medical facilities, recreation facilities, waste recycling facilities, science and photographic divisions, […]
Bizarre things in space. Space is big. Really big. It’s so big, in fact, that you’d actually be forgiven for believing that pretty much all of it is completely empty — hence the name. It’s true that, according to science, only 4 percent of it is made up of stuff. Now, most of that “stuff” tends be planets […]
The Curiosity rover spotted wispy cloud. New images from NASA’s Curiosity rover revealed wispy, early-season clouds streaking across the Martian sky. The clouds on Mars resemble the thin ice-crystal cirrus clouds found in Earth’s atmosphere. The images, taken by the rover’s Navigation Camera (Navcam) on July 17, offer the best view yet of such clouds captured by Curiosity. “It is […]
The sun’s mysterious tilt. That is, the sun rotates on an axis that isn’t quite perpendicular to the orbits of Earth and the other major planets. They all lie in the same plane because all formed out of a disk-shaped cloud of gas and dust that was spinning around the sun early in the solar […]
Dark Matter. We know, pretty simply, how stars work. We know how much light they give off, and that’s very closely related to their mass. Brighter stars are more massive; dimmer stars are less so. So when we look at an entire galaxy, what we’re really measuring is all of the light coming from the stars in […]
Unexplained deep space mysteries. The universe contains some much stranger, much larger, and much more terrifying mysteries than you ever thought to be afraid of. The Travelling Blackhole Black holes are bad news, but here’s one way to make them worse: send them flying across space. That’s apparently what happened to one particularly large black […]
Did the aliens accidentally kill themselves? With at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, you’d think at least one would have produced a race of intelligent alien beings. So how come we’ve never seen signs of space aliens even after decades of SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) research? Scientists have long puzzled over […]
The TRAPPIST-1 system consist of seven planets, about the size of Earth, and can be just the right temperature to support life.
Looking for life. Hundreds of planets are likely caught up the Milky Way whirlpool galaxy. From the lonely Earth we start the search.