The winner of the 2017 Discovery Prize discusses his work watching electrons moving through molecules
Physicist and author Janna Levin will present a free live Webcast tonight at 7 P.M. Eastern time about merging black holes and gravitational waves
Hypervelocity stars, and the black holes that launch them, whip through space at millions of miles per hour.
Planet LHS 1140 b orbits a dim red dwarf star just 40 light-years away, making it a prime target for life-finding telescopes
Scientists find molecular hydrogen and liquid-water geysers on ocean-bearing moons in the outer solar system
Short films about exploding stars and subatomic particles top the list of prizewinners from the annual Quantum Shorts contest
Bizarre “plastic” dunes made sticky by static cling may cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon—and could threaten future missions there
Pierogi moons, rubber duckie comets and spewing ice balls: We have some very strange neighbors among the myriad planets, moons and objects that circle our sun.
His new book, New York 2140, explores the interplay of climate change and global finance on a warmer, wetter future world
Astronomer Amber Straughn will present a free live Webcast tonight at 7 P.M. Eastern time about NASA’s revolutionary space observatory
A baker’s half-dozen of Earth-size worlds is orbiting a (relatively) nearby star—and some could be habitable
Astronomers say at least three of the worlds may be habitable, and could be studied for signs of life within a decade
Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moon is the next frontier in NASA’s hunt for extraterrestrials
New studies suggest lonely planets flying through intergalactic space were formed by star-destroying supermassive black holes.
Humanity possesses the means to place probes into orbit around nearby stars. But do we have the patience?
There is still good reason to think undiscovered fundamental particles act as gravitational glue for galaxies.
A new public-private partnership is supercharging the race to image habitable exoplanets
Despite a breakthrough discovery by radio astronomers, the decade-long puzzle of elusive “fast radio bursts” is far from being solved
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Don Pettit discusses his dazzling orbital photographs of our home planet