New Super-Crisp Images of Neptune Show How Far Our Telescopes Have Come

This is a new picture of Neptune taken from the Earth. It’s nothing short of amazing. Read More >>

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Is Running Out of Fuel and May Not Have Much More Time

NASA’s storied Kepler Space Telescope — the craft which has discovered thousands of exoplanets since its launch in 2009 — is entering the retirement phase of its lifespan. NASA announced on Friday that Kepler staff had “received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low” and “placed the spacecraft in a hibernation-like state in preparation to download the science data collected in its latest observation campaign.” Read More >>

How Water Tanks on a Mexican Volcano Will Solve the Universe’s Mysteries

Our guides suggested we rent a car with four-wheel-drive to navigate the treacherous dirt road on the Sierra Negra volcano in Mexico, which reaches 15,220 feet and is evidently the highest road in North America. We wished we’d heeded this advice as our car skidded down the mountain and into a ditch. But we made it to the top—a kind farmer named Benjamin tied up his horses and mule to help us push the car out—and the effort was worth it. Nestled into a flat point at 13,450 feet, just next to the country’s tallest mountain, we saw a telescope unlike any you’ve ever heard of. It’s just a few hundred vats of liquid water. Read More >>

NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Yet Again, ‘Commits’ to a 2021 Launch

Following an independent review, NASA’s planned James Webb Space Telescope has received yet another delay in its mission schedule. This time, NASA has moved the target launch from May 2020 to March 2021. Read More >>

NASA Delays Flagship Space Telescope Mission Once Again

NASA has announced that, once again, it will be pushing back the launch date of the much-anticipated James Webb Space Telescope. Just a few months ago, NASA announced in a press release that it would push the launch back, from late 2018 to early 2019. Now, the earliest launch is May 2020. Read More >>

Next Generation Telescope Selects First Proposals From Scientific Community

There’s been some incredible images of the James Webb Space Telescope, the next generation telescope and successor to the Hubble. But we’re not really here to look at images of telescopes. We’re here to learn some dope space stuff. Read More >>

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Check Out This Mesmerising Timelapse of the Night Sky Above Hawaii

Telescopes dot the cloudless top of the dry volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Earth’s tallest mountain from its underwater base to its peak. Its night skies, free of artificial light, are a resource disappearing across the planet in the face of light pollution. Read More >>

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China Finished Building its Alien-Hunting Telescope

China has finished building the world’s largest radio telescope and the monster machine is now better-equipped at searching for aliens. Read More >>

Did Prehistoric People Watch the Stars Through This 6,000 Year Old ‘Telescope’?

Prehistoric humans may have observed the sky via primitive lens-less “telescopes”, according to a team of British astronomers who have studied the long passageways of ancient megalithic tombs. The details were presented today by Kieran Simcox, a student at Nottingham Trent University, at a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society. Read More >>

China’s Giant ‘Alien-Hunting’ Telescope Comes With a Human Cost

China is building the biggest radio telescope on Earth. And the country is displacing over 9,000 people to do it. Read More >>

Stephen Hawking Backs $100m Search for Aliens

The Breakthrough Listen project is our latest attempt to see if any other civilisations have made it through the Great Filter without destroying themselves in radioactive fires, investing $100m (£64m) in the neverending hunt for aliens clever enough to have invented telly and satellites. Read More >>

Why You Should Thank an Astronomer for Preventing Blindness

We are, as Carl Sagan famously said, made of star stuff. And now, your doctor may use a technology designed for studying the stars to examine the inner workings of your eyes. It could one day save you from blindness – here's how it works. Read More >>

How This Revolutionary Industrial Glass Made its Way Into Your Kitchen

You might not know it by name, but chances are you have a Pyrex dish in your kitchen right now. A fascinating history over at Collectors Weekly traces the ubiquitous supermaterial as part of an exhibition which opened this week at the Corning Museum of Glass. Read More >>

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The Ageing Giant of Telescopes, Shrouded in Tropical Mist 

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is one of the most famous telescopes in the world: it’s been in a James Bond film (GoldenEye) as well as Contact. Now that the telescope is ageing, though, it’s only looking more dramatic. Read More >>