Here’s Our First Glorious View of the TRAPPIST-1 Star System

Last month, the solar system lost its collective chill when NASA announced the discovery of a seven-planet system called TRAPPIST-1, just 39 light-years from our Sun. The system is particularly exciting, not only because of its proximity to our planet, but because it has three planets within the habitable zone, where liquid water (and potentially life) could be supported. There’s already a website dedicated to these mysterious planets, filled with stunning art and literal fan fiction. In short, TRAPPIST-1 is already getting the One Direction treatment. Read More >>

We’re Sorry About This Seriously Bummer Proxima B News

Bad news if you’re looking to ditch this planet for another one far, far away. According to new research from NASA, planets in the habitable zone in red dwarf star systems—including much-hyped exoplanet Proxima b—might lose too much oxygen to support liquid water, and therefore, life. Goddammit. Read More >>

The Earth Sends Oxygen to the Moon

The man in the Moon knows a lot more about us than we think. For instance, it’s keeping tabs on the air we breath by collecting samples of it. Read More >>

Why 466-Million-Year-Old Meteorites Are Still Raining Down on Earth

When the solar system was in its rebellious stage about 466 million years ago, two massive asteroids collided in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, sending tiny pieces of shrapnel flying all over the solar system. After examining bits of crystals that fell to Earth just before the collision, an international team of scientists has learned that space rocks that only enter our atmosphere rarely now were much more prevalent back in the day. And stuff from that big breakup is still raining down on us. Read More >>

How Failed Planets May Have Shaped the Earth

Earth has some battle scars from back in the day. When the solar system was still young and wild, roughly four billion years ago, Earth, its Moon, and Mars were attacked by a series of asteroid assailants. It’s long been assumed that the space rocks involved in the assault — called the Late Heavy Bombardment — are now floating around in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Read More >>

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We Were Wrong About the Moon’s Age

Earth’s very clingy friend, the Moon, has long been an object of human fascination. It makes sense, considering we’re just a hop, skip and a 238,855-mile jump from our celestial pal. Read More >>

Turns Out The ‘Mystery Element’ At Earth’s Core Is Probably Disappointing

After a decades-long search, expert scientists at a Japanese university think they've finally hit on the secret identity of the element that makes up the final 5% of Earth's core. Unfortunately, it's not some kickass new compound or even something with a futuristic name: it's probably plain old silicon. Read More >>

Hi-Def Video of Earth From Space is So Beautiful You’ll Want to Punch Yourself in The Face

Earlier this year, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured ultra high definition video of our pale blue dot from the vantage point of the International Space Station. It’s easily the most uplifting thing you’re going to see all day. Read More >>

The Planet is Grinding to a Halt at a Speed of Two Milliseconds Per Century

Today dragging more than usual? Already done all the things you do and it's still not really time to start drinking in bed in front of Netflix? That'll probably be down to the bloody speed at which the bloody earth is spinning around the bloody sun, mate, as scientists counting things have noticed it's getting slower as the centuries pass. Read More >>

Humans Are So Insignificant When the History of the Earth Is Laid Out on an American Football Field

Humanity gets served up a nice slice of humble pie in this NPR video that lays out the history of our planet on an American football field. Even in a giant stadium, every inch represents an incredible 1.3 million years. Which means that humans, who walk around like they own the place, only show up about an eighth-of-an-inch from the end zone. Read More >>

Could We Turn Other Planets and Moons Into a Second Earth?

This planet of ours isn't going to last forever, and who knows what’s going to happen to the world that far off into the future (or even after November 8th). Life Noggin decided to conduct a little brain exercise about how we could convert a planet like Mars or Venus, or a moon like Europa, into a second Earth. Read More >>

Where Was the Last Place on Earth Discovered By Humans?

The world is a very big place. Sure, satellites, the internet, and McDonald’s can make it seem much, much smaller. Before all that, however, planet Earth was the great unknown with a world map that was seriously incomplete. Read More >>

Our World Is Getting Hotter and This Visualisation Shows It

We just had the warmest August on record, which also tied last month for the warmest month ever recorded. But it’s the overall trend that’s truly scary, and now you can watch it unfold right before your eyes. Read More >>

We Were Wrong About Where the Moon Came From

The moon is our almost constant frenemy in space, lighting our nights and spoiling our star-views in equal turns. But now, new measurements from Apollo-era moon rocks suggest that the moon and Earth had a much more savage past than we knew. Read More >>

A Previously Undiscovered Asteroid Came Very Close to Earth

On Saturday, a newly discovered asteroid measuring between 15 and 45 metres was spotted by astronomers in Brazil. Later that night, it flew by Earth at less than one-quarter of the distance to the moon. Don’t panic, though. It’s fine. We’re fine. Everything’s fine. Read More >>