Roman was NASA's first Chief of Astronomy.
Roman was a key figure in the conception and launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has given us some of the most spectacular images of our galaxy.Read More
Five more years! Five more years!
Unlike "four more years," which typically winds up annoying about half the country—give or take—five more years is pretty universally exciting, because it means half a decade more of science using a piece of equipment that was only meant to last until 2005: the Hubble Space Telescope.Read More
The Hubble Space Telescope has just broken the cosmic distance record and spotted the oldest galaxy ever found--and thus, the farthest galaxy ever observed: GN-z11.Read More
We have trouble predicting whether or not it's going to rain on a given day (which is understandable, because meteorology is hard), so how did astronomers, for the first time, predict when a star—much further up in the sky than clouds—was going to explode so they could be watching? Well, technically, they didn't, but that doesn't make its predicted appearance any less impressive.Read More
Also, Tom Hiddleston being like "you eat that cake, girl."Read More
Sorry, space porn, you've been replaced.
Although Marcus DeSieno told Wired that growing up he "was absolutely terrified of germs," you wouldn't know it from the photographer's most recent series, Cosmos.Read More
I think I can see Thanos!
Ultimate Space Porn Reboot!Read More
One small step for man, two giant leaps back. One small step, two leaps back.
In space, no one can hear your bias, but on Earth you better check your privilege.Read More
Now they just need to look for earth, fire, wind, and heart.
Researchers using several NASA telescopes have detected water in the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. It's the smallest exoplanet which has had atmospheric elements identified, which is an important step in the search for worlds outside our solar system that may support life.Read More
Black holes and revelations.
Supermassive black holes are known for hanging around the centers of large galaxies and keeping us all in orbit, but a new find suggests they might be at the center of much smaller galaxies, as well, which raises questions about how they got there. A tiny nearby galaxy appears to host one of these massive black holes, which means we could find a lot more of them out there.Read More
Like regular porn, spaceporn can be misleading.
Hey there! Pull up a chair—we need to have a talk. It's about all those pictures in your browser history. We know what you've been looking at, and there's nothing wrong with it, but we wanted to talk to you about how realistic it is and make sure you understand it's not entirely accurate. Yes. We're talking about your spaceporn.Read More
Insights into space and time not included.
This CUSOO LEGO Hubble Space Telescope design already has over 5,000 supporters, but considering the scientific achievements that a set like this would commemorate, I suspect that number might increase. Although good luck getting the Ultra Deep Field to work properly--it's hard to make awesome space porn when you're stuck on Earth.Read More
James Webb Space Telescope, roll out!
Do you love Transformers and also space? Then you might want to watch this new video from NASA featuring Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime himself), describing how Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, will be 'transformed' into a working telescope a million miles away.Read More
It might be time for a Pocohontas in Space movie.
Space is full of infinite blackness, but only if you're looking at it with your dumb limited human eyeballs. If you pan back and throw some ultraviolet light on everything, you can see a whole panorama of gorgeous colors. Good thing we have the Hubble Ultra Deep Field for just such a situation!Read More
I sure hope the universe got an epidural.
Man, human babies have it easy. All they have to endure is the trauma of being forced out of a uterus. You know what stars have to deal with when they're being born? Massive amounts of nebula cloud gas being violently twisted by radiation and coalescing into exploding balls of fire. At least they're pretty, though, right?Read More
Maybe it's cold? We've heard that happens.
One of Jupiter's most iconic features is its "Great Red Spot" a huge storm that's the largest one in our entire solar system. At one point, it could have fit three Earths, but more recent images by the Hubble Space Telescope show it has shrunk and could now only fit one Earth. So why's the weather clearing up on Jupiter?Read More
Hubble's been holding out on us.
The Hubble Space Telescope's life may be winding down, but it's still got some fight left in it. Astronomers revisited some of Hubble's old data with new image processing techniques, and they discovered that Hubble had captured some previously unknown photos of the formation of planets around distant stars, so take a look at what they found.Read More
Unless there isn't any, which would be incredibly disappointing.
The search for life on other planets is tough, because no matter how many alien worlds we discover, it's hard to know just which ones might have little
facehuggers extraterrestrial organisms skittering around. Scientists have come up with a new method for spotting life-supporting planets, and all they need is Hubble's successor.
NASA Scientists Use Photons from the Sun to Balance Kepler Space Telescope, Because Science is Amazing
The power of the sun in the palm of our hands. Or on our spacecraft. Whichever.
It's expensive to get a new telescope into space to search for alien worlds, so NASA scientists have come up with an ingenious way to reactivate the defunct Kepler space telescope. It's been unable to properly aim its field of vision after losing too many of its stabilizing gyroscopes, but it will now balance itself against photon energy from the sun.Read More
We suddenly feel very small.
The film In Saturn's Rings takes over a million photographs from Cassini, Hubble, Voyager and more and turns them into an incredible animated ride through the universe. Sure, you've flown through pretend space plenty of times in movies, but when you watch this and realize that what you're seeing is real, it's spectacular.Read More