The Amazingly Creepy Way Mars Will Kill Its Moon

It was a rough month for Phobos, as astronomers decreed—yet again—that Mars is ripping its lumpy moon apart. But apparently, Phobos’ loss is the Red Planet’s gain. After the satellite is torn to pieces, its fragments will fan out into a disk and 20 million years from now, Mars will become a ringed planet. »Wednesday 10:30am11/25/15 10:30am


The Heart of this Elliptical Galaxy Exposes a Ghost From Its Past

Unlike spiral galaxies, with their flat shape and twisted arms, elliptical galaxies are featureless blobs without much structure. But then there’s NGC 3610—an elliptical galaxy with a bright and distinctly disc-like shape at its center. Astronomers say it’s a blast from this galaxy’s past, one that played an important… »11/16/15 7:00pm11/16/15 7:00pm

This Newly-Discovered Dwarf Planet Is the Most Distant Object In Our Solar System

V774104: That’s the name of the new dwarf planet astronomers revealed this week, and it’s three times as far away from the sun as Pluto. It’s the most distant object ever discovered in our solar system—and it could mean there are even more far-flung planets in our corner of the universe just waiting to be discovered. »11/12/15 8:00pm11/12/15 8:00pm

Space Probe to Dive Through Geysers Erupting from Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus

Saturn’s ice moon Enceladus is a brilliant white snowball. It’s got a global ocean beneath its surface. It’s got freakkin’ ice volcanoes. Best of all, based on samples collected during today’s historic flyby with NASA probe Cassini, we might soon know if Enceladus is habitable. »10/28/15 2:54pm10/28/15 2:54pm

That So-Called Alien Megastructure Could Just Be a Distorted Star 

The Kepler Space Telescope recently picked up unprecedented flickering behavior from a distant star, leading to speculation that—among other things—it might be an alien megastructure. Now, some astronomers are saying it might just be caused by a rapidly spinning and irregularly shaped star.
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