Deep Space

20 Space Objects Ranked by How Badass They Sound

These cosmic phenomena all have cool leather jackets.

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is buried at depths between 1.5 and 2.5 kilometers below theSouth Pole.
Far-Out High-Energy Neutrino Came From a Blazar
This discovery could give us better insight into how our universe wo…
The First Picture of a Newborn Planet
The photo shows a tiny planet orbiting a star along with a large dis…
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Exoplanet Has A Stable Axis Just Like Earth

That means it could have a stable climate and seasons.

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The Milky Way Is Full of "Space Grease"
The carbon bonds inside the substance bear a striking resemblance to…
Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Spewing Complex Organic Molecules Into Space

The little moon appears more enticing for alien life every day.

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Scientists Witness Aftermath of a Black Hole Destroying a Star

Nobody has ever had a confirmed sighting like this before.

The Milky Way Galaxy Might Be Twice as Wide as Astronomers Thought

A new study measured stars at the very edges of our galaxy, and they are a lot farther away than predicted.

Three Newborn Planets Discovered Around an Infant Star
A brand new method of exoplanet detection makes it possible to spot planets just as they are forming in a disk of gas and dust swirling…
One of the Three Closest Stars Looks Friendly for Life

Alpha Centauri A may be even less deadly than the sun—if there are any planets there.

A New Study Could Explain Away Some Evidence for Planet Nine
A new model provides an explanation for the bizarre orbits of distant objects in the solar system that doesn't require influences from …
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The Largest Neutron Star Ever, Found With a Clever New Technique

The method could help astronomers study neutron stars, black holes, and other objects orbiting around sun-like stars.

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The Fastest-Growing Black Hole Could Swallow the Sun in Two Days

The supermassive black hole is a reminder of the violence of the early universe.

Some of Kepler's Discovered Planets Might Not Be Real After All

A new paper calls into question some of the thousands of planet's NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered.

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Stephen Hawking's Final Theory of the Universe Has Been Published

The famed physicist reworked some of his old ideas.

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We Can Explore Instead of Believe: Inside the Epic Hunt for E.T.

After a millennia of wondering, humanity can finally search out intelligent alien life—and SETI is leading the charge.

How a Star Mapping Satellite Could Find Alien Life

Want to find Dyson spheres? Gaia, a satellite staring at nearly every star in the galaxy, might be able to lend a hand.

Scientists Discover Almost Completely Black Planet

The dark planet only reflects 1 percent of the light hitting it.

Here Is the Largest Map of Our Galaxy Ever Made

The newly released database contains over a billion stars.

Scientists Are Searching For Our Sun's Stellar Siblings

In a galaxy of billions of stars, finding the ones born alongside our own can be difficult—but scientists finally have a way.

Any Aliens on Super-Earths Would Have a Tough Time Flying to Space

The strong gravity of a larger version of Earth could ground any Super-Earthling rockets.

The Number of Known Alien Worlds Is About to Increase By as Much as 400 Percent

The search for new planets continues with today's launch of NASA's TESS space telescope.

An Ultra-Powerful Flare Erupted From Our Nearest Neighbor Star

Proxima Centauri momentarily lit up in the night sky, which could spell doom for its "habitable" planet.

Researchers Find Evidence of Thousands of Black Holes in the Center of Our Galaxy

New research finds potentially thousands of black holes orbiting within a few light-years of the galactic center.

The 10 Weirdest Stars in the Milky Way

Our galaxy has more than a few tricks up its sleeves.

Astronomers Use a Quirk of Physics to Spot the Most Distant Star Ever Seen

An event called gravitational lensing allowed astronomers to discern a star 9 billion light-years away.

The Weird Galaxy With No Dark Matter

The strange galaxy is missing the invisible, mysterious matter present in pretty much every other galaxy in the universe.

NASA Astronauts Go Spacewalking Days After Reaching Orbit

They floated out to install new antennas, replace a bad camera and remove jumper cables from a leaky radiator.