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.
Something happens once you see the world from a different perspective. It's called the "Overview Effect". But what does that mean?
So you may have heard the news by now that an asteroid is hurtling towards the Earth.
First, some background. A huge collaboration of astronomers is currently busy spending some hard-won cash to build the world’s largest radio telescope array, called the Square Kilometre Array.
Europa to be specific. Yes, I know it’s a crazy question, but hear me out. This will be fun.
A spacecraft full of humans is going to crash on the Earth and that’s okay. What goes up, must come down. At least, that’s what the saying is. And in the case of the historic NASA/SpaceX crewed mission to the International Space Station, it’s true.
We’ve all seen the movies. Tunnels cut through the red rock. Giant glass domes stretching from one end of a crater rim to another. Hydroponics. Lots and lots of hydroponics. But Mars is… a challenge.
What’s your favorite planet? Before you decide, here are some key facts about each of the candidates.
A few years ago, after the successful deployment of the Curiosity rover on Mars, the folks at NASA envisioned a bold new plan to send another mission to the red planet. The mission was scheduled to depart in the then-futuristic year of 2020.
Okay, stars die in all sorts of interesting and cosmically expressive ways (except the red dwarf stars, who just sort of…stop).
Recently a weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field over the southern Atlantic Ocean has been getting weaker, which could signal the beginnings of a global magnetic reversal event. Or not. It’s complicated.
The United States Space Force may have a somewhat silly name, but it's very, very real. And it just launched a semi-secret mission into space.
Just how lucky are we on Earth? What were the chances that life would arise, let alone lead to intelligence?