The Sun Emits a Plasma Arc So Big You Could Fit 25 Earths Beneath It

The sun is big. Really, really big. It's so big, every feature on it is mind-boggling huge. Last week it spun out a massive prominence arcing out into space so ginormous that a mischievous fireproof Titan could've used it as a hoop to dunk the Earth in a game of cosmic basketball. » 7/22/14 7:31pm Tuesday 7:31pm

In the Ultimate in Installation Pieces, Artist Sends Plants Into Space

Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto teamed up with JP Aerospace for a mission called "Exobiotanica," which sent two plant pieces into the upper atmosphere: a Japanese white pine called "Shiki 1" and the above arrangement of peace lilies, poppy seed pods, dahlias, bromeliads, orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, and irises. » 7/22/14 4:30am Tuesday 4:30am

New Lunar Photos Offer a Stunning 3D Flyby Of The Apollo 11 Site

Forty Years after touching down near the Sea of Tranquility, the trails of disturbed regolith created by the Apollo 11 astronauts are still clearly visible in photographs taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists used those and other images to create this amazing virtual model of the landing site. » 7/18/14 10:20am 7/18/14 10:20am

The Antares Rocket Launch Will Be Visible July 12 – Here's How To Watch

If you've never witnessed a rocket launch in person, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled this Saturday, when the launch of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s commercial Antares from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility will be visible from much of the East Coast. Here's what you need to know to catch a glimpse. » 7/11/14 10:30am 7/11/14 10:30am

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

The folks at JPL just published a new image of the surface of Europa – Jupiter's watery, chaotic, eruptive, and potentially life-harboring satellite. The photograph illustrates the contrast between the moon's relatively pure water ice (blue-white terrain) and its saltier, and thereby ruddier, surface ice. » 7/09/14 3:40pm 7/09/14 3:40pm

The "Grand Finale" To Cassini's Tour of Saturn Sounds Pretty Damn Epic

On Monday, NASA's Cassini probe celebrated ten years of Saturnian exploration – a decade of stunning images and insights about the planet and its moons. But in late 2016, Cassini will begin the dramatic final phase of its mission – a newly annointed "Grand Finale" that will culminate with an intentional dive into… » 7/02/14 11:45am 7/02/14 11:45am

Timelapses of New Zealand Are Stunning Science

New Zealand is a country of dramatic landscapes, astounding skies, and not a lot of people to get in the way. Today's stunning timelapse is a four-part series of break-sized awe for the beauty of the natural world, and an excellent excuse to talk about the science behind the breathtaking scenes. » 6/27/14 1:52pm 6/27/14 1:52pm

Here's What Earth Looks Like From Space On The Summer Solstice

It's the summer solstice! Today the Northern Hemisphere experiences its longest period of daylight of the year, marking the beginning of summer and an extreme point in Earth's seasonality. The photo above, captured from Earth orbit by EUMETSTAT's Meteosat-9, gives us a clue as to why this, but Ron Miller has the full… » 6/21/14 11:11am 6/21/14 11:11am