You would think that objects weighing billions of times the mass of the sun would be easy to find. Alas, it’s rarely that simple.
There aren’t a lot of telescopes that are also movie stars. In fact, I can think of only one: the famed Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars outside the solar system, and every month seems to bring in a new batch of weird, wild, and wonderful worlds.
This is the first test launch from Branson’s Virgin Galactic company since February of 2019, and follows a string of delays, cancellations, and aborts. What’s going on?
On a typical muggy midwestern August evening in 1977, astronomers at the Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope got a big surprise. It was a signal so loud that it could only be described with one word: “wow!”
Mars is the ultimate off-the-grid experience--far grittier, far harder, and far… redder than even the most remote locations on planet Earth. Let’s break down some of the challenges that people will have to face in order to survive and thrive on our neighbor in the solar system.
We all know we’re not supposed to litter, right? It’s gross and harms the environment. But somebody forgot to tell all the space agencies that have been launching rockets into Earth orbit for well over half a century now – and leaving their space junk all over the place.
All planets with evidence of life please take a step forward. Not so fast, Venus.
All Stars die. Some stars go out with a bang. Some stars go out with a big bang — a supernova. And some stars are capable of something so spectacular, so rare, we don't even have a name for it yet.
According to NASA, "A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying." But what happens when a black hole dies?
Gold had to come to Earth from somewhere, right? So why not outer space?
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded to scientists to have dedicated their careers to the study of black holes.
Sometimes when you want to go out, you want to go out with a bang.
Does the presence of a stinky gas mean there was once life on Venus?
Every star you see in the sky, including the sun, will someday die. It’s best to get used to that idea now, before things start to get heavy.