Waves shed light on mysterious ‘mixing’ inside massive stars

Astronomers commonly refer to massive stars as the chemical factories of the universe. They generally end their lives in spectacular supernovae, events that forge many...

New techniques could help identify extraterrestrial life

Scientists are at the brink of being able to detect ET Life, which was predicted to be difficult decades ago. New techniques suggest there...

What if you could hear space?

A new project turns astronomical images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory—operated for NASA by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory—and other telescopes into sound. When you see...

National Air and Space Museum will display Star Wars X-Wing starfighter

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will display an X-wing Starfighter in the newly renovated building on the National Mall starting late next year. The...

In 1.3 million years, a star will come within 24 light-days of the Sun

Within the Milky Way, there are an estimated 200 to 400 billion stars, all of which orbit around the center of our galaxy in...

Voyager 1 detects plasma ‘hum’ in the empty space

Voyager 1 - one of two sibling NASA spacecraft launched 44 years ago and now the most distant human-made object in space - still...

From iron rain on exoplanets to lightning on Jupiter: Four examples of alien weather

When Oscar Wilde said “conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative” he was unaware of some of the more extreme...

Mars isn’t dead. Its volcanoes could still be active

Most volcanism on the Red Planet occurred between 3 and 4 billion years ago, with smaller eruptions in isolated locations continuing perhaps as recently...

Volcanoes on Mars might still be active, shows study

Back in March, NASA’s InSight lander detected two large quakes from a geologically active region of Mars called the Cerberus Fossae. Now, using imagery from...

Dark matter could change the temperature of exoplanets, allowing us to detect it

Ah, dark matter, you continue to allude us. The stuff is incredibly difficult to study. It doesn’t interact with light, so our evidence of it...

Scientists discover new type of aurora

For millennia, humans in the high latitudes have been enthralled by auroras--the northern and southern lights. Yet even after all that time, it appears the...

What’s possible at the deaths of our Universe’s most massive stars

A curiously yellow pre-supernova star has caused astrophysicists to re-evaluate what is possible at the deaths of our Universe's most massive stars. The team describe...

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The Earth’s moon may be cracking up

Researchers have discovered a system of ridges spread across the nearside of the Moon topped with freshly exposed boulders. The ridges could be evidence of...
Something big is warping the outer solar system

Scientists discover something big is warping the outer solar system

In a recent study, researchers found compelling evidence of a yet-to-be-discovered planetary body with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth. The mysterious...
Potential human habitat located on the moon

Scientists discover potential human habitat on the moon

In a recent study, researchers found potential human habitat on the moon. They found a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of...

Scientists find a place on Earth where there is no life

Living beings, especially microorganisms, have a surprising ability to adapt to the most extreme environments on our planet, but there are still places where...

Scientists detect a busy signal from nearby galaxy

It beats like a busy signal — one that scientists were excited to get. A new study in Nature reports the discovery of a fast...