Category: Space

Image: S. Epps & M. Hudson / University of Waterloo

Scientists Capture “First Image” of Dark Matter Connecting Galaxies

April 13, 2017 Space 1 Comment

Dark matter makes up about 25% of the universe, and yet we can’t see it. It doesn’t reflect or absorb light, and therefore has avoided visual observation ever since it was first hypothesized way back in the early 1900s. Researchers at the University of Waterloo, however, may have just changed ...

Virtual Reality and Space Exploration

Virtual Reality and the Future of Space Exploration

June 7, 2016 Space

At Pax Prime 2012, Dr. Jeff Norris of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory gave a surprisingly emotional presentation, during which he shared his view of how space exploration may look in the future. He spoke of real-life holodecks and robotic avatars — a future in which we’ll all play a role ...


Russia Wants to Blow Up An Asteroid

March 3, 2016 Space

There are many ways to stop an asteroid. You could attach rockets to one, steering it away from Earth. You could shoot one, knocking it off course. You could even capture one inside an inflatable bag, redirecting it elsewhere. Seriously. And then there’s the old Armageddon standby: Nuke the asteroid to ...

Image: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

Have Scientists Discovered the 9th Planet of the Solar System?

January 21, 2016 Space

Astronomers hit us with some exciting news this week: The potential discovery of a whole new planet about the size of Neptune within our solar system. It’s only been a couple of days, but the number of questions this raises is innumerable. If it exists, what does it look like? ...