Dark Energy Camera Takes Accidental, Magnificent Photo of Comet Lovejoy

In a happy accident, Comet Lovejoy just happened to be in the field of view of the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, the world's most powerful digital camera. One member of the observing team said it was a "shock" to see Comet Lovejoy pop up on the display in the control room. » 2/27/15 10:30am Today 10:30am

Artist Puts Original 1960s Enterprise Model Into Star Trek Movie Scenes

The 1965 model of the U.S.S. Enterprise usually hangs in the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, but right now it's being restored. It's still a thing of incredible beauty, even after 50 years. So artist Nick Acosta took photos of the original model as it is now, and inserted it into iconic shots from the Star Trek » 2/26/15 12:22pm Yesterday 12:22pm

A Chat with Sonia Van Meter, Woman Preparing for a One-Way Trip to Mars

Sonia Van Meter is the managing director of Stanford Caskey, a national Democratic opposition research firm. She's also one of 100 candidates selected by Mars One for Martian colonization in 2025. Many are skeptical of Mars One's prospects; many (like Buzz Aldrin) hope the mission succeeds. Regardless, Mars is the… » 2/24/15 2:01pm Tuesday 2:01pm

The Complete History Of Ceres, The Planet (?) Between Mars And Jupiter

Over the last couple of weeks, the Dawn Spacecraft has been beaming back spectacular pictures of Ceres – a world, discovered more than a century before Pluto, about which we know very little. This is the story of its discovery, and humanity's impending visit to one of the last unexplored planetary bodies in the… » 2/23/15 11:00am Monday 11:00am

Black Hole Emits Ferocious Winds With the Energy of a Trillion Suns

A black hole and its galaxy are locked in a cosmic struggle, evolving in tandem and balancing each other's growth. In this artist's recreation, you can see cosmic winds howling out of supermassive black hole PDS 456. These winds are so strong that they prevent the galaxy from forming new stars. » 2/19/15 8:17pm 2/19/15 8:17pm