Category: Science News

Astronomers Find Giant Hole in Space Flanked By Star-Forming Clouds

A pair of molecular clouds known as Taurus and Perseus are famous among astronomers. These star-forming regions are just 400 and 1,000 light-years from Earth,...

Insight Lander Detects Third Major Marsquake

It’s been a fun summer for NASA’s InSight lander. Earlier in the season, the lander used scoops of Martian soil to “wash” dust off its solar panels, giving it a...

NASA Revamps Its Human Spaceflight Directorate

(Photo: Brian McGowan/Unsplash)NASA has announced it’s reshuffling its human spaceflight directorate to better accommodate low Earth orbit (LEO) operations and deep...

NASA Robots Compete in DARPA’s Epic Subterranean Challenge Finals

Three years ago, in the misty Before Times of 2018, DARPA launched its Subterranean (SubT) challenge. The big goal of the SubT Challenge is to empower first responders...

Amateur Astronomers Detect Massive Impact Flash on Jupiter

On the evening of Sept. 13, something hit Jupiter, producing an explosion and a flash of light visible even to amateur astronomers with off-the-shelf telescopes. Now,...

Astronomers Track Down Mysterious ‘Guest Star’

Bless the astronomers who have been watching the night skies and documenting what they saw since time immemorial. Twelfth-century Chinese and Japanese astronomers...

Most Interstellar Objects Might Evaporate Between Stars

In 2017, astronomers around the world turned their attention to a small point of light zipping through the solar system. The object, known as ‘Oumuamua, was the very...

SpaceX Starship, Explained: What You Need to Know About Elon Musk’s Biggest Project of Them All

SpaceX launched itself into the public consciousness with the Falcon 9, a highly reliable rocket that has now completed numerous trips to the International Space...

Scientists Plan to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth This Decade

Graphic: Mark Garlick/Getty ImagesThousands of years ago, herds of woolly mammoths roamed the tundra of Asia, Europe, and North America. Then, they vanished along with...

Scientists Create ‘Coldest Temperature Ever’ by Dropping Experiment From a Building

As far as we can tell from modern science, there’s no upper limit to temperature. There sure is a lower limit, though. We call that absolute zero, measured as -273.15...