Join Scientific American for a conversation about the next steps in humanity’s reconnaissance of Mars. Featuring Casey Dreier, senior space policy adviser at The Planetary Society, and space & physics editor Lee Billings, this deep dive will begin with an overview of NASA’s upcoming Perseverance rover, slated to land on Mars in February 2021 to search for signs of past and present life and to gather samples for future return to Earth...
Climate change, nuclear arms control, the pandemic and more will be determined by whoever wins the White House and Congress
Half the award goes to Roger Penrose, with the rest split between Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, for work revealing the “darkest secrets of the universe”...
How massive can black holes become? How do astronomers typically observe them? How do they die? Scientific American presents a conversation about these mysterious cosmic phenomena with Yale University astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan...
Three decades into the life of the world’s most revered orbital observatory, Ken Sembach, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, reflects on its future
A new book captures the pioneering, propaganda-infused visions of mid-20th-century Soviet space exploration
A new study of galaxy clusters suggests the cosmos may not be the same in all directions
Emmy and Peabody Award–winning science writer, producer and director Ann Druyan talks about Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the next installment of the Cosmos series.
Cosmos co-creator discusses communicating her dream for humanity
An encounter with Arrokoth at the outskirts of the solar system offers the best evidence yet for how worlds coalesce from dust
Scientists have detected relativistic frame dragging, a prediction of Einstein’s greatest theory, around a distant pair of exotic stars
Astronomers continue to gather evidence for a second world around the sun’s nearest neighboring star
Two teams of astronomers using ground-based telescopes to study gamma-ray bursts have detected the highest-energy light ever seen from celestial sources
Japan’s KAGRA observatory set to begin operations by the end of 2019
Starting in the early 2030s, the project could become our first purposeful step out of the solar system—if it launches at all
Alice Gorman argues for preserving more of humanity’s off-world heritage
Water vapor in the skies of the world K2-18 b may make it “the best candidate for habitability” presently known beyond our solar system
Oliver Morton discusses his new book about how art, science and politics have shaped past, present and planned voyages to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor
Questionable data cloud the potential discovery of the first known interstellar fireball
Informally called “Proxima c,” the candidate world appears to be six times the mass of Earth and orbits in the frigid outskirts of the Proxima Centauri system