Sean Goebel, a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Hawaii, has made this beautiful and fascinating time-lapse film of the observatories on Mauna Kea shooting laser beams into the night sky over the Big Island of Hawaii.[...]
In the late 1990s, Neil deGrasse Tyson and his colleagues redesigned the Hayden Planetarium and, without much comment, they created a model of the solar system that banished Pluto from the list of planets. During the following year, no one said very much.[...]
For centuries, seafaring explorers and merchants reckoned with the longitude problem. It was relatively easy to figure out a ship’s location on a north-south axis, but nearly impossible to determine how far east or west it was. And the stakes were high.[...]
Science fans this week got their first tantalizing peek at the long-awaited sequel to Carl Sagan’s classic PBS series Cosmos. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who takes Sagan’s place in the new series, traveled to Comic-Con in San Diego last week for the unveiling of this new trailer.[...]
Earlier this month NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope found evidence of a planet forming 7.5 billion miles from its star. This astonishing discovery challenges all of our current theories about how planets develop.
A few days later, Hubble captured images of two galaxies merging.
So many of the images we see of outer space are either cold and flat—a planet sphere surrounded by scores of pinpoint stars against the backdrop of black space—or they’re artists’ renderings.
The pictures featured in The Beauty of Space Photography are neither of those.
Chris Hadfield has spent the past five months on the ISS. And, if you regularly follow our site, you’ll know that the media-savvy astronaut has engaged earthlings with a steady stream of tweets, a series of educational videos (see below), and the occasional entertaining routine.[...]
If you have kids, you’re going to get the inevitable question: Where did the universe come from? And you’re likely going to take a long pause before trying to present the science of the big bang.[...]