Astronomers Have a New Way to Spot Earth-Like Worlds With Atmospheres

A new method might tell scientists whether or not a rocky exoplanet – the kind of exoplanet most similar to Earth – has an atmosphere. Read More >>

Amateur Space Enthusiast Helps NASA Locate Crashed Indian Lunar Lander

Three months after the Vikram lander slammed into the Moon, NASA has confirmed the exact location of the crash site. The space agency is crediting Shanmuga Subramanian – an Indian app developer and amateur space sleuth – for spotting the scattered remains of the lost probe. Read More >>

A Radio Telescope is Now Scanning Deep Space From the Moon’s Far Side

For the first time in astronomical history, a space-based radio telescope is gathering data from the Moon’s far side, in a location free from Earth’s interference. This collaboration between China and the Netherlands could provide new insights into the conditions of the early universe. Read More >>

Mission to Study Asteroid-Spacecraft Collision Gets Official Go-Ahead in Europe

The European Space Agency has approved the budget of Hera, the European component of a mission to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Read More >>

New Findings Show a Surprising Way Black Holes Could Affect Star Formation

Somewhere in the distant universe nearly 10 billion light years from Earth, an enormous black hole is spewing a powerful jet of energy that might be turbocharging star formation in galaxies a million light years from the source. Read More >>

Gigantic Dust Towers on Mars Could Explain How the Red Planet Lost its Water

Sprawling towers of dust can reach heights of 50 miles during global-scale dust storms on Mars, according to new research. Acting like a space elevator, the phenomenon might explain how water escaped from the Red Planet during its ancient past. Read More >>

Three Black Holes are Heading for a Galactic Smackdown

In a galaxy far, far away, three black holes are racing towards each other. Read More >>

Deepfake Art Project Reimagines Nixon’s Speech Had Apollo 11 Gone Horribly Wrong

A prepared speech that US President Richard Nixon thankfully never had to make has been brought to life in an art project that poses the question: Can a deepfake rewrite history? Read More >>

Lego Sent a Lego Space Station Into the Stratosphere

Lego has been making space-themed sets for 40 years. To mark the occasion, some lazy executive in their marketing department put the words "Lego", "space" and "set" on a whiteboard, drew a circle around them and hit upon the bright idea of sending a Lego space station set into space. Genius. Read More >>

This Is Our Best Glimpse Yet of an Interstellar Comet

A telescope in Hawaii has captured a close-up view of comet 2l/Borisov – only the second known interstellar visitor to our Solar System. Read More >>

Strongest Gamma-Ray Bursts Ever Recorded Are Illuminating the Universe’s Most Powerful Explosions

An international team of astronomers has detected a pair of gamma-ray bursts with energies more powerful than anything ever seen before. GRBs are the strongest explosions known in the cosmos, but these latest observations suggests we’ve significantly underestimated their true potential. Read More >>

SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Blows Its Top During Pressure Test

The Mk1 Starship prototype is officially done following an explosive incident at SpaceX’s test site on Wednesday afternoon. Read More >>

Scientists Find Sugar in Meteorites, Now Let Me Lick Them

Researchers found evidence of sugar molecules in primitive meteorites, according to a new study. Now, if you please, I would like to taste the rocks. Read More >>

First Global Map of Titan Reveals a Truly Alien World

Using data gathered by NASA’s Cassini probe, scientists have compiled the first global geologic map of Saturn’s enigmatic moon Titan. The new map reveals a world that’s distinctly familiar, yet completely foreign at the same time. Read More >>

Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellites Are Already Causing a Headache for Astronomers

Astronomers at a Chilean observatory were rudely interrupted earlier this week when a SpaceX satellite train consisting of 60 Starlink satellites drifted overhead, in what scientists are apparently going to have to accept as the new normal. Read More >>