Keeping in Touch with Our Space Explorers

The Deep Space Network is a collection of antennas distributed around the world that allow us to keep in touch with our herd of extraterrestrial explorers. The complexes contain a mixture of 26-meter, 34-meter, and 70-meter antennas, all serving different functions. » 4/14/14 5:03pm Monday 5:03pm

Have physicists finally detected gravitational waves?

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has news so big it announced that it would announce something. The press conference will stream live tomorrow at noon, but cosmologists everywhere are gossiping about what that news could be. The leading theory: Scientists have detected gravitational waves, in what would… » 3/16/14 3:24pm 3/16/14 3:24pm

This could be our best view yet of the earliest objects in the Universe

NASA researchers have detected the faint glow of what they believe to be the first stars and galaxies to form in the aftermath of the Big Bang — and it's positively stunning. If the team's findings are correct, they could offer valuable insight into the nature of the Universe's very first objects. » 6/08/12 11:40am 6/08/12 11:40am

Canada To Save Humans From Extinction

Well, it's about time. Asteroids hitting Earth has been a big problem for life this planet since forever, and at last governments around the world have been united in their inability to give a shit. And they did it without Gort the giant robot forcing them! Next year, the Canadian Space Agency will launch the Near… » 5/08/08 1:40pm 5/08/08 1:40pm

Supermassive Telescope Hears What the Early Universe Looks Like

Yeah, you read that headline right. This supermassive radio telescope, set to be completed in Chile in 2012 (you're seeing an artist's rendering), listens to frequencies between the infrared and radio spectrum. It tunes in particles that will give astronomers an unprecedented portrait of the early universe, as well as … » 2/25/08 7:00am 2/25/08 7:00am