Space

auroras

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why the Northern and Southern Lights Don't Match

A leading explanation for the different patterns seen in Earth’s northern and southern auroras has been ruled out.
Becky Ferreira
1.29.19
planet nine

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' Might Actually Be a Gigantic Disk of Space Objects

'Planet Nine' is thought to be 10 times larger than Earth, but what if it wasn't a planet at all?
Jordan Pearson
1.21.19
government shutdown

The Government Shutdown Has Grounded NASA’s Only Flying Telescope

SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is an observatory built onto a Boeing 747, but the government shutdown has stopped it from flying.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.15.19
space telescopes

Russia Has Lost Control of Its Only Space Telescope

Mission leads are trying to reestablish contact with the Spektr-R satellite, which carries a 10-meter wide radio dish.
Becky Ferreira
1.14.19
Space

Scientists Are Automating Plutonium Production So NASA Can Explore Deep Space

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have eliminated a major bottleneck in the production of plutonium-238 for deep space exploration through automation.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.9.19
saturn

Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing, NASA Scientists Say

A new NASA study estimates that Saturn’s famous rings won’t be around forever.
Sarah Emerson
12.18.18
exoplanets

This Alien World Is Evaporating Faster Than Any Known Planet

“In only a few billion years from now, half of the planet may be gone.”
Becky Ferreira
12.14.18
Space

This Is What the Sun’s North Pole Looks Like

The Sun's poles remain mysterious, but scientists are poring over past imaging data to construct artificial images of what they look like.
Jordan Pearson
12.3.18
blazars

This is How Many Photons Are in the Entire Observable Universe

Researchers from Clemson University used almost a decade of gamma ray data to map the entire observable universe for the very first time.
Caroline Haskins
11.29.18
Space

Watch a Spaceship Leave Earth in Stunning ISS Video

“This is real.”
Jordan Pearson
11.23.18
Space

Scientists Want to Monitor Space Debris from Warming Russian Arctic

A MIPT team is building prototype observatories over the coming weeks in Amderma, Nenets Autonomous Region.
Becky Ferreira
11.19.18
Space

The National Space Council Is Pushing for a 2028 Moon Mission

A potential mission to the moon in 2028 was pitched at a meeting of the National Space Council yesterday in response to pressure from President Trump.
Caroline Haskins
11.16.18
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