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Space

Why Does the First Picture of a Black Hole Look Like a SpaghettiO?

There's some trippy science behind the curious look of the first-ever direct observation of a black hole, released on Wednesday.
Matthew Gault
4.10.19
Space

This Is the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope project unveiled the first-ever photo of a black hole on Wednesday, more than 100 years since Albert Einstein theorized their existence.
Jordan Pearson
4.10.19
Space

A Japanese Probe Bombed an Asteroid For the First Time in History

Hayabusa2 was launched with a five-gram bullet and an explosive, both meant for the Ryugu asteroid 200 million miles from Earth.
Jordan Pearson
4.5.19
Space

NASA Is Offering $18,500 to Lie in Bed for 60 Days

The unique study by NASA, the ESA, and the German Aerospace Center will test the effects of artificial gravity on the bodies of astronauts in space.
Rob Dozier
3.28.19
Atmosphere

Earth’s Atmosphere Stretches Far Beyond the Moon, Scientists Find

A group of researchers discovered that Earth’s atmosphere extends almost twice the distance to the Moon after analyzing data gathered in the 1990s.
Rob Dozier
2.21.19
Neptune

Astronomers Officially Name the Newest Moon of Neptune

Hippocamp may have been forged by the fallout of an impact billions of years ago.
Becky Ferreira
2.20.19
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
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