Sunspots, often the precursors to gigantic solar flares that can potentially destroy our entire planet in an instant (well, nearly), can now be accurately predicted two days ahead of when they emerge on the sun's surface. So relax, you'll have plenty of time to put on your tinfoil hat and prepare for the apocalypse.
This is a planetarium projector that is shaped like R2-D2. It will appeal to a very specific segment of the population. You know who you are.
Hot on the heels of the European Space Agency's announcement that it's going to have a go at deflecting an asteroid, researchers in China are intending to do the same. To the same asteroid, to boot, only with a fancier spacecraft.
So there you are, flying up into space with Virgin Galactic, when you decide you want to check your email. Well, good news! You'll be able to. In space.
Oh no you didn't, Europe! The European Space Agency is partnering with Russia's Roskosmos for a mission to Mars, and the pair aim to be the first to reach the Red Planet. Space Race 2.0, anyone?
We are pretty far off from sending humans to a star other than our own; at least a couple of centuries, scientists think. But it's never too early to start planning.
The European Space Agency has announced that it will finally — finally! — give the business of asteroid deflection a go. You know, before a really, really big one is careening toward Earth and we're out of time. So, what's the plan?
What do you get when edge-on galaxy, VV 340 North collides with face-on galaxy, VV 340 South? Well, something that looks a heck of a lot like an exclamation point…about 450 million light years from Earth.
Clearly, civilian space tourism for the super-rich is going to be a thing in the coming years. But Virgin Galactic and the Russian cosmonaut program aren't the only ways of getting up that high; one Spanish entrepreneur wants to send people up in a gigantic balloon.
"Ever wonder how Hubble's [Space Telescope] color images are made?" Actually, no, I've never really given it much thought. I always imagined that the Hubble's camera has some kind of brilliant billion-dollar sensor on it that can capture photos in ultra high-resolution. Turns out, Photoshop is also NASA's best friend.