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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.


Stunning Full Colour HD Video From The ISS Shows Life On Earth In Motion

This video is taken from space. And yet we can see so much detail on Earth that it’s almost unbelievable. Cars are driving on roads and buildings are moving throughout the day and boats are crawling through rivers, remember this isn’t your run of the mill drone footage, this is all taken from an ultra-HD camera mounted on the ISS.


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.


Meanwhile In The Future: Death By Supernova

We often think of stars as twinkling, harmless little points of light that fill our night sky with majesty. But stars can be dangerous too. When they come to the end of their lifespan, some stars explode fantastically as supernovae. So what would happen if one of those giant explosions happened nearby?



Space Shuttle Wreckage Fills This Heartbreaking NASA Exhibit

One day before the unfortunate SpaceX launch failure — which proved once again that space is hard — a new, deeply saddening but inspiring exhibition was opened at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.


These Are The First Images From ESA's Sentinel-2A Satellite

Late last week, the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite into orbit. Now, just four days later, it’s started beaming its first images back to Earth.


Planetary Scientists Are Officially Done Finding Craters On Earth

Science is meant to be an unceasing, always-sceptical search for knowledge, so it’s not often that scientists can call it a day, declare a problem all scienced out, and move on. But that’s exactly what the team counting asteroid craters on Earth are doing.


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?