Ready for an exotic vacation? How about…really exotic? Tired of tropical beaches or snow-covered mountains? Let’s go…out of this world.
It’s that time of the year. Pumpkin spice and cinnamon lattes compete for our taste buds. Carols worm into our ears. Holiday greetings and pretty lights.And astronomers decide the fate of their field.
Finally! It was initially proposed way back in 1998 and named the James Webb Space Telescope in 2002. After a decade of delays and over 10 billion dollars past its original budget, NASA’s next great observatory finally launched from the European Space Agency’s Guiana Space Centre in South America.
How does Santa make it to all the children in the world in one night? Can flying reindeer travel at the speed of light?Dive into the physics behind this Christmas tale.
I’m going to start this off by telling you that we’re not sure if cosmic strings exist.But if they did, it would be awesome.
Jupiter is all sorts of wild.
All hail the James Webb, the ultra-powerful super-telescope for the next generation. Or for about 5-10 years when its fuel runs out.
We’ve all heard the story of the first Thanksgiving, but this meal – and life itself, if we’re being honest – wouldn’t be possible without the elements themselves. And those elements took a long journey to end up on your dinner plate.
This new planet has had a pretty rough life.
Take a planet with the mass of, say, Saturn. You know, pretty big, but not ridiculously big. Just…normal big.
It sounds super-scary: something from outside the universe, a force so unimaginable, is pulling every single galaxy towards it. What monstrosity of cosmic physics could it be?
It’s like “Armageddon” but in real life.
Folks, we just found a 500-lightyear-wide hole in our galaxy. Fess up: which one of you did it?
Insert “Did you feel the Earth move?” joke here.What weighs 2.3 pounds, is made of rocks, and plummets into your bed from outer space? Oh, it’s not a riddle; it’s just a meteorite.
Imagine being completely, utterly alone. Surrounded by no planets, no stars, no galaxies. Not a single scrap of matter – not even a hydrogen atom – within hundreds of millions of lightyears. Welcome to the loneliest place in the cosmos: the great cosmic voids.