Astrophysicists Release the Biggest Map of the Universe Yet

After just seven months, a huge team of scientists who work with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic…

The Search for ET Has an X-Factor: the Evolution of Stars

Stephen Kane was searching for stars that could host planets with warm, temperate climates hospitable to…

A Staple of Sci-Fi Space Travel Will Likely Remain a Fantasy

In Poul Anderson’s 1970 novel Tau Zero, a starship crew seeks to travel to the star…

Earth’s Oceanography Helps Demystify Jupiter’s Flowing Cyclones

Lia Siegelman had just been studying the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica,…

Astronomers Discover a Strange Galaxy Without Dark Matter

Three years ago, Filippo Fraternali and his colleagues spotted a half dozen mysteriously diffuse galaxies, which…

To Study the Next Earth, NASA May Need to Throw Some Shade

The HabEx team has proposed a 4-meter telescope paired with a coronagraph and a star shade…

2021 Was the Year Space Tourism Opened Up. But for Whom?

Others question the purpose of space tourism too. “These are technological achievements, there’s no doubt about…

The James Webb Space Telescope Finally Prepares for Launch

More recently, some astronomers and astrophysicists have argued that NASA should rename its new flagship observatory.…

2022 Will Be a Big Year for Space Exploration

NASA, the European Space Agency, and other agencies were forced to reschedule many of their missions…

What’s the Winter Solstice, Anyway?

In 2021, the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere happens on December 21. While not as…