The Earth And The Moon, In A Single Frame

China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this rare glimpse of the Moon's far side yesterday, from just past the halfway point on its lunar-looping test flight. Incredibly, the spacecraft managed to include Earth in the frame as well, producing what is destined to become an iconic image of our planet and its natural… » 10/29/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Could Biological Life Be Just A Passing Phase In The Universe?

Steven Dick, a famed astronomer and historian, has completed a one-year residency at the Library of Congress, researching his next book, How the Discovery of Life Will Transform Our Thinking. In an exclusive interview posted on the Library's blog, he discusses such provocative issues as evolution on a cosmic scale. » 10/29/14 3:20pm Yesterday 3:20pm

​"Space Sushi" Is The New Meme You Never Realized You Were Waiting For

Just when we thought that the raw-fish photoshop genre had peaked with Sushi Cats, our faith in human creativity is restored with Space Sushi — a growing collection of online images that envision a cosmos where California rolls swarm across galaxies and yellowfin tuna orbits distant stars. » 10/29/14 7:40am Yesterday 7:40am

A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record

Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable… » 10/24/14 5:00pm Friday 5:00pm

A Gorgeous Short Film About a Magician Who Builds Solar Systems

With a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets, spinning them in orbit around a symbolic Sun. So begins Ambition, a short film made by Academy Award-nominated director Tomek Baginksi in collaboration with the European Space Agency. » 10/24/14 2:00pm 10/24/14 2:00pm

The First Exoplanets Were Discovered In 1917—But Nobody Realized It

When astronomers found two planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992, it was considered the first definitive detection of planets outside our solar system. But new research reveals that, nearly a century ago, a young astronomer discovered evidence of an extrasolar planetary system — he just never realized it at the time. » 10/22/14 7:40am 10/22/14 7:40am