How It Would Look If Other Types Of Stars Were Close As The Sun

What would it look like if other stars were as close as the sun? For starters, we may have more than one, and it may be either much bigger or smaller than our current orbital star, as shown in these videos, which explore a hypothetical universe where our sun has been replaced with other stars and our moon with planets. » 1/29/15 9:20am 1/29/15 9:20am

Two Or More Undiscovered Planets Could Be Hiding In Our Solar System

Could there be another Pluto-like object out in the far reaches of the Solar System? How about two or more? » 1/16/15 8:40am 1/16/15 8:40am

Why Is Venus So Horrible?

Seriously, Venus is the worst. The global temperature is as hot as an oven, the atmospheric pressure is 90 times Earth, and it rains sulfuric acid. Every part of the surface of Venus would kill you dead in moments. But how did it get that way? » 12/19/14 4:30pm 12/19/14 4:30pm

Unprecedented New Image Shows A Planet-Forming Disc Around A Young Star

Now this is extraordinary. It's the sharpest picture ever made of a protoplanetary disc surrounding a young star. The image, which bears a striking resemblance to prior artistic impressions, is set to revolutionize our understanding of how planets form. » 11/06/14 8:00am 11/06/14 8:00am

This Chart Makes It Obvious Why Planetary Colonization Will Be Tough

UK chemistry teacher Andy Brunning has put together a very sharp looking infographic that explores the atmospheric compositions of our solar system's planets. When you look at it this way, it's pretty obvious why visiting other worlds is going to be a dangerous proposition. » 7/28/14 3:20pm 7/28/14 3:20pm

Enjoy A Bottle Of Jupiter With These Planet-Inspired Microbrews

The award-winning Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has announced that it will be releasing seven different beers, each inspired by a different piece of music from Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets. » 6/30/14 6:40am 6/30/14 6:40am

All The Kepler Planets Graphed By Their Ability To Support Life

There are 1,780 confirmed planets that exist beyond our solar system. But of those planets, how likely are they to be able to support life? » 4/22/14 8:40am 4/22/14 8:40am

Stop Everything and Look at the Greatest Science Cake Ever

This is possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen, in cake form. It's a scientifically-accurate planet cake, complete with actual inner layers that make a beautiful cutaway diagram just like you used to bake in your geophysics of cooking courses. » 3/31/14 1:56pm 3/31/14 1:56pm

Meet our newest neighbour, VP113

The outer solar system has a new dwarf planet! Orbiting between 12 and 70 billion kilometers, 2012 VP113 is joining Sedna in the Oort Cloud. » 3/26/14 8:33pm 3/26/14 8:33pm

"Galaxy Chic" eyeshadow will make your eyes glitter with stardust

The "Galaxy Chic" line of BH Cosmetics eyeshadow is inspired by space. Each little eyeshadow palate is styled to look like a star, or a planet. To quote Judy Jetson, these are "outer-galactic!" » 2/10/14 8:00pm 2/10/14 8:00pm

The Nine Planets Imagined as One

This oil painting by Steve Gildea combines the planets of our solar system (including Pluto but excluding the other dwarf planets) into a single globe, celebrating the variety of the planets. » 2/09/14 5:00pm 2/09/14 5:00pm

Hand-drawn sketches of Mars and Jupiter animated as rotating globes

Amateur astronomer Frédéric Burgeot prefers to draw what he sees through his telescope rather than photographing the cosmos. A digital animator turned his lovely illustrations into 3D globes, capturing Burgeot's view of the planets at specific points in time. » 1/13/14 10:40am 1/13/14 10:40am

Energetic Oil Paintings of Our Solar System's Planets

Most of the space porn we come across is constructed from recorded images of objects in space. But painter Erik Olson prefers to interpret our solar system through his own lens, rendering our celestial neighbors with oil on canvas. » 9/29/13 3:00pm 9/29/13 3:00pm

What if New York City was transported to another planet?

Illustrator Nickolay Lamm, along with astrobiologist Marilyn Vogel, have transplanted New York City to the various surfaces — and atmospheres — of our solar system's planets. » 5/15/13 7:40am 5/15/13 7:40am

Artist transforms photos of rusty fire hydrants into pictures of alien…

Redditor gumballbrain (Trapexoid on Tumblr) was messing around with a photo of the top of a fire hydrant one day when he noticed that the flaking paint and rust resembled a planet covered in water and solid land. Since then, he's made a hobby of taking photos of fire hydrants and finding the planets hiding on their… » 2/23/13 2:00pm 2/23/13 2:00pm

Beautiful Minimalist Science Graphics, c. 1960

For the weekend: vintage science art from the backs of books in LIFE Magazine's Science Library, published throughout the 1960s by Time Inc. See also: this set of minimalist science posters by graphic designer Kazumasa Nagai, also featured in the magazine's 60s Science Library. » 2/08/13 9:40am 2/08/13 9:40am

Science fiction travel posters help you pick your next off-planet…

We love these simple but stylish interplanetary tourism posters by Dean Walton. Who wants a vintage poster of New York when they can have an ad for Mars, Vulcan, Pandora, or even the less popular retreat of LV-426? » 10/04/12 7:35am 10/04/12 7:35am

What if we had a planet instead of a Moon?

Our moon is a pretty big object. It's big enough to be a respectable planet in its own right, if it were orbiting the sun instead of the Earth. (Actually, it is orbiting the sun in a nearly perfectly circular orbit, that the Earth only slightly perturbs... but that's a topic for another day.) The Moon is a quarter the… » 7/25/12 2:02pm 7/25/12 2:02pm

10 Weird Rules That Control How We Name the Planets

Astronomers are particular people, but few are more particular than the members of the International Astronomical Union. The IAU dictates everything from whether or not something qualifies as a planet, to what that planet (or non-planet) can be called. » 7/11/12 10:39am 7/11/12 10:39am

A Startling Vortex on the South Pole of Titan

The Cassini imaging team released today a near-true-color image and a movie taken during a flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on June 27, 2012 by the Cassini spacecraft. The image reveals a swirling, whirling vortex forming high in the atmosphere overlying the south pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, as the moon's… » 7/10/12 3:51pm 7/10/12 3:51pm