NASA prepares mission to intercept asteroid

NASA is preparing for a potentially game-changing mission: intercepting an asteroid and bringing a sample back home.

First stars formed much later than we thought

The European Space Agency’s Planck satellite has revealed some information which may force us to rethink the evolution of the early Universe.

More surprises on Ceres: astronomers discover an ice volcano

Pictures from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft seem to indicate that the dwarf planet was much more active than we thought.

Milky Way’s missing matter traced back to an explosion in its core 6 million years ago

It’s not the full picture, but its a lot more than we knew before.

Black Holes are sending quantum messages in the universe

Spinning black holes are capable of complex quantum information processes encoded in the X-ray photons emitted by the accretion disk.

Newly found galaxy is almost entirely made out of dark matter

A dark galaxy that a Sith Lord would enjoy.

White dwarf goes nova after a long slumber

Polish astronomers have captured an incredibly rare event from start to finish: a white dwarf going nova.

Venus could once have been a very welcoming planet, NASA study found

Now? Not so much.

Io’s atmosphere collapses every time there’s an eclipse

Reason number #1304 not to colonize Io.

NASA pinpoints black holes that send out high-energy X-rays for first time ever

The findings help create a more comprehensive picture of supermassive black hole populations.

Scientists discover first pulsing white dwarf binary star

Every two minutes, this pulsing star lights up the entire star system.

Too big to orbit: Jupiter is so massive it doesn’t actually orbit the Sun

They actually take one another for a spin.

Scientists uncover unique speed and direction of Milky Way’s spinning ‘halo’

The findings could reveal the location of the missing matter of our universe.

Ancient supernovae might have contributed to Earth mass extinction

Death from the heavens.

Astronomers find water clouds on brown dwarf

Researchers working with the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii have made a stunning discovery: they found evidence of water clouds around a brown dwarf. Since its discovery, the brown dwarf known as WISE 0855 has fascinated astronomers. It lies just 7.2 light-years from Earth and it’s the coldest confirmed object outside of our solar system at temperatures ranging between −48 to −13 °C (that’s −55

Juno shuttle hears Jupiter’s creepy roar

It’s enthralling, but creepy.

The Juno shuttle is entering Jupiter’s atmosphere – and you can watch it live

Watch it live here!

Gravitational waves spotted again by researchers

They may be more common than we thought.

New algorithm will allow us to finally visualize black holes

We may actually get to see a black hole!

The Universe is expanding faster than we thought, new Hubble study finds

Astronomers working with the Hubble telescope have discovered that the Universe is expanding 5-9% faster than expected, and this is intriguing.