NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory intends to send a probe 4.4 light-years away to our nearest star system neighbor, Alpha Centauri, by the year 2069.
For hundreds of millions of years, an unusual object has traversed the Milky Way Galaxy, heading straight for us.
Tardigrades. Water bears. Moss piglets. These remarkably sturdy microscopic organisms are so resilient they can survive the harshest environments, from fiery volcanoes to the deep sea, the Antarctic, and even the ravages of outer space.
Astronomers are trying to understand the odd behavior of a star that has seemingly gone supernova multiple times. As Phys.org reports, atronomers at the Palomar Transient Factory first detected the star, iPTF14hls, go supernova in September 2014. It was then classified as an exploding star the following January. Unexpectedly, however, the star then began to …
Scientists are beginning to wonder: Was it really such a good idea to give aliens maps leading back to Earth? They’re talking about the pulsar maps, created by astronomer Frank Drake, that were included with the Golden Records and Pioneer Plaques we launched into space back in the 1970s. Drake, known for his famous Drake …
Don’t look now, but there might be a black hole right behind you. Well, maybe it hasn’t come to that (yet), but a new study by astronomers at the University of California, Irvine has found that black holes are much more common throughout the universe than previously thought.
Humans have long dreamt of going to the Red Planet, Mars. Current NASA planning may see us finally accomplish that goal some time in the 2030s, but believe it or not, they have competition.