space

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Instagram Kicks The Crap Out Of Yours

The chances that any of us will travel to space are about one in a billion. That’s why astronaut Scott Kelly has been spending his lucky year in orbit helping the rest of us Earthlings imagine what that might be like.


Moving The Most Powerful Space Telescope's Mirror Is A Terrifying Job

Don’t drop it! In this picture you can see a team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility moving the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror. Slipping isn’t an option.


What Would Happen If You Mix Alka-Seltzer With Water In Space

A shiny orb! A floating shiny orb! Water bubbles that pop out of the floating shiny orb! This is the magic that would happen when you pop an effervescent tablet (Alka-Seltzer!) into a water bubble in space. It’s cool to see the little bubbles form within the blob of water and then see things start flying off the orb like little water spaceships flying out of a mothership.


What You'd Hear If You Found Voyager's Golden Record In Deep Space

It’s been 38 years since NASA launched a gold record containing sounds and sights of Earth into space. Yesterday, NASA made it easier to hear those noises for yourself. On Soundcloud.


Born-Again Planetary Nebula Keeps Reacting After It Dies

After a couple billion years, most stars with a mass similar to our Sun eventually die, shedding outer layers and creating beautiful planetary nebulas. On the outer layers of this nebula, Abell 78, a dying star had a second stab at life.


The Nile From Space Is A Long, Meandering Line Of Light And Life

As views go, astronauts aboard the International Space Station get a pretty good deal. Like this sensational sight of the Nile at night — a glowing line of light and life cutting through the expanse of Africa.


Tour This Gorgeous Hubble Photo Of The Sombrero Galaxy

The Sombrero Galaxy is 50 million light years away, but it looks much closer in this detailed image from the Hubble Space Telescope.


Pluto Looks Dazzling In This New Exaggerated Colour Image

Now that‘s a planet, folks! Classification be damned, Pluto is an amazing little world, and this high-res, enhanced-colour image is the latest awe-inspiring portrait of it. And it’s revealing all sorts of fascinating details about the dwarf planet’s active surface.


Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Stern Warning For Australia's Scientific Community

What do you ask one of the smartest people alive in 7 minutes? That’s what I had to decide last week when I interviewed Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson: astrophysicist, TV host and one of the only people on Earth who can claim ownership of a whole planetarium. In the amount of time it took the Curiosity Rover to land on Mars, Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson slammed Australia’s scientific ignorance, and told me what keeps him up at night.


What Would Happen If A Massive Comet Struck The Sun?

Humans, dark and disturbed creatures that we are, love to imagine what would happen if a massive comet struck the Earth. But what if a giant ice rock flung itself into the Sun? A team of astronomers did the maths to figure out what would happen.