Unexpected Origins of Lightning We See on Earth As we study natural phenomenon with deeper scrutiny, using new techniques and technology, we discover that many...
Strange Radio Signal From Space Still a Mystery 40 Years Later: Alien Communication?
On Aug. 15, 1977, a 72-second radio signal from space stirred up the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Astronomer Jerry Ehman viewed the signal on... Read more
Rosetta Will Teach Us More About Comets Than We Have Learned in 50 Years
On August 6, millions of miles away from Earth, the firing of a rocket thruster signalled the end of a decade-long journey by a European... Read more
Explainer: How Hostile Is Space?
Space may seem calm, but it is a more hostile environment than that on Earth. Invisible radiation is a big problem for space enthusiasts and... Read more
Super Moon 2014 Dates: Rest of Times for This Year, and Dates for 2015
Another supermoon is upon us this weekend, coming at night on August 10 into the next morning. The term “super moon” describes a moon that... Read more
Supermoon … Or Not So Super?
A beautiful full moon is set to rise this Sunday night, August 10. It will be spectacular and I encourage everyone to go outside and... Read more
To Find Alien Life, Search for Planets With Sidekicks
Exoplanets roughly the size of Earth may be more likely to support life if they have companion planets. Planets cool as they age. Over time... Read more
NASA Mars Test Called Success Despite Torn Chute
Sending heavier vehicles and, eventually, humans to Mars requires first testing new technologies to see if they actually work. But it’s infeasible to conduct experiments... Read more
Cosmic Radiation: the Dawn of New Physics or Statistical Slip-Up?
Recent observations suggest that there is something not quite right with our view of our universe – that something is skewing our view of the... Read more
Searching Space for Alien Industrial Pollution
Scientists have recently postulated an unorthodox way to detect life on other planets. Assuming intelligent life has reached our current level of industry and technology,... Read more
Perseids: 2014 Persied Meteor Shower: Peak Times and Dates, Where to Look in the Sky
The 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower is underway with meteors lighting up the sky most nights since late July. The peak dates are projected to be August... Read more
Supermoon 2014 Dates: Next Super Moon Coming this Weekend, August 10
The next supermoon is slated for this weekend, on Sunday. This supermoon is supposed to be the closest to Earth, out of the five supermoons... Read more
Comet Joined by Space Probe After 10-Year Pursuit
DARMSTADT, Germany—Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile (6.4-billion... Read more
NASA to Test Making Rocket Fuel Ingredient on Mars
WASHINGTON—NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade. Space agency officials unveiled seven instruments they... Read more
Perseids 2014: Perseid Meteor Shower has Best Viewing Time Right Now; Peak Will Occur Along with Supermoon
The Perseids Meteor Shower has started and now is the best time to view it because the peak dates will occur at the same time as... Read more
How Do You Even Do Things in Space?! Here Are 10 Useful Insights
The next time you lament your complicated life on earth, think about how much more tedious it would be if you were in space. Astronauts... Read more
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2014: Peak Dates Are July 29-30, Where to Look in Sky (+Live Stream)
The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower started back in July 12 and is slated to run until August 23. It’s considered a minor meteor shower but should... Read more