Earth is pretty lucky when it comes to being missed by potentially deadly bits of space rock, but that's not the case with Jupiter. It's a much bigger target, and things that might go right by us tend to slam into it, most recently on Monday. And this time, someone got it on video.
We know what kind of damage a nuclear bomb can do on Earth—but what about space? Back in the '60s, nuclear testers decided to find out for themselves what a nuke could do hundreds of miles above the Earth, and 50 years later we finally get to see the awesome declassified footage.
We've known for some time that there are a large number of black holes out there in the universe, but it turns out previous estimates undershot the actual numbers by quite some margin. Thanks to the results of a broad scan of the sky by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey (WISE) telescope, we now know the number of black holes is actually much, much bigger than we thought.
Astronomy experts may need to call George Lucas in for some consulting work soon, because the Star Wars creator predicted an astronomical find decades before it was actually spotted in the recesses of space. We'd better learn how to build sand huts, because we've just found Tatooine.
Neil Armstrong, the man whose name became synonymous with the word "astronaut" when he was crowned a national hero as the first human to ever set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, died Saturday in the Cincinnati area. He was 82.
Ray Bradbury didn't live to see NASA's Curiosity Rover land on the surface of Mars, but there's no doubt the Martian Chronicles author would have loved to watch humanity's continued exploration of the Red Planet. Now, on what would have been the sci-fi legend's 92nd birthday, NASA's making Bradbury a permanent part of its Martian odyssey.
Though it's been theorized for nearly a century, dark matter is better known to many as the stuff of science fiction, not actual science. But researchers continue to work to change that, and now a group of astrophysicists think they've found the strongest evidence yet that dark matter is real.
Galaxies are huge. Our solar system is huge, but our sun is just one of 200 billion stars nestled in our Milky Way Galaxy. That's a lot of space, but scientists have just found a new galaxy cluster that not only dwarfs the Milky Way, but produces new stars at a staggering rate.
We all have our own odd traditions, and astronauts and cosmonauts are no different. In fact, you could even argue that since their jobs are a bit, well, high-stress, their traditions are proportionally weird. For example: in Russia, before the cosmonauts board their craft for blast-off, they make sure to pee on a tire. But why?
When an oxygen tank explosion crippled Apollo 13 two days after it lifted off from Earth in April of 1970, NASA engineers began working frantically to come up with a solution to save the three astronauts on board. But a retired NASA spokesman has just revealed that the crew of America's third moonshot wasn't saved by someone at the space agency.