astronomy

The Best Fireworks In The Galaxy Are Coming To Earth In 2018

Mark your calendars for fireworks, Earthlings. Astronomers have wised up to a much more epic light show that’s going down 5000 light years away. And in three years, it’s coming to a telescope near you.


Rosetta's Comet Is Developing Giant Sinkholes Before Our Eyes

Watch your step, Philae! 67P, the comet we landed a space probe on last year, is apparently riddled with sinkholes. And as the massive ball of ice and dust hurls itself toward the sun, its surface is continuing to evolve.


What The Sky Would Look Like If You Could See All The Asteroids

Here’s a really cool visualisation from astronomer Scott Manley that shows what our sky might look like if we could actually see all the asteroids. Asteroids aren’t visible to the naked eye because they’re too small to register, but Manley was able to reveal the known asteroids and speed them up to exaggerate how they would look in real life.


Venus And Jupiter Will Be Closer Tonight Than They Have Been In 24 Years 

Astronomical conjunctions occur when celestial objects appear close to one another in the night sky — this happens all the time and they’re not particularly unusual. But a conjunction happening tonight is notable in that it involves two very bright planets — Venus and Jupiter — and they will be closer together than they have been since Terminator 2 was in theatres.



This Ice Rover's Descendants Will Explore Europa's Ocean 

The allure of a warm, liquid ocean beneath Europa’s icy surface has inspired science fiction and real NASA missions alike. But if and when we get around to extraterrestrial oceanography, what will our undersea explorers look like?


Astronomers Say There May Be Other Universes That Are Better For Life

Maybe we haven’t found alien life because it’s all evolving in other universes. A group of astronomers have just released a research paper suggesting that other universes could be far more habitable than our own. It all depends on a few conditions right when those universes were born.


That Ancient Martian Ocean? It Might Have Been Frozen.

When we think “ancient Mars,” we often picture roaring rivers, warm oceans, and if we’re being optimistic, perhaps some simple life forms. But it’s also possible the Mars of eons past was not a water-covered paradise at all. It may, in fact, have resembled a giant, dirty snowball.


NASA: We Are Going To Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa is covered in a thick layer of constantly-shifting ice which appears to be floating atop a deep, warm ocean. Scientists have long suggested that it’s the most likely place that life might have evolved beyond Earth. And now, at last, NASA has confirmed our first mission to Europa has entered the development phase.


How This Revolutionary Industrial Glass Made Its Way Into Your Kitchen

You might not know it by name, but chances are you have a Pyrex dish in your kitchen right now — most Americans probably do. A fascinating history over at Collectors Weekly traces the ubiquitous supermaterial as part of an exhibition which opened this week at the Corning Museum of Glass.