From Earth, the Sun generally just looks like a big bright ball, but there's a lot of activity up there that we don't notice with our puny human eyes—especially because it's not exactly wise to look directly at the Sun. The Solar Dynamics Observatory, however, was designed to do just that, and it captures some breathtaking views of the star that makes Earth's habitability possible.Read More
Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Trick or treat, smell my heat, give me something good to eat (like a planet)!Read More
EVERYONE PANIC! Solar Panels Will Drain the Sun of Its Power! Internet Freaks Out Over Fake National Report Article
Good. Something else for gullible idiots to believe.
The National Report is a satirical website that publishes fake stories the Internet loves falling for. Its latest hit is an article claiming solar panels drain the Sun's energy and that they could kill the Sun within a few hundred years. THAT IS NOT TRUE, but it sure hasn't stopped the story from spreading.Read More
At least your esophagus will be smooth as a baby's!
Drinkable sunscreen is actually not a new product, but the company behind it recently launched a renewed publicity campaign that's been hard for many medical professionals to swallow--so maybe don't invest in the vibrating magical water just yet.Read More
Just this once, look directly at the Sun.
This video shows the Sun opening its mouth like Pac-Man. Instead of eating ghosts, it shows you what its surface looks like at different wavelengths of light, and it looks gorgeous. NASA is calling it the "Jewel Box Sun" and throwing around the word "rainbow" a lot, but we'll stick with our Pac-Man analogy, thank you very much.Read More
NBD. Just have to figure out how to move our entire planet.
The Sun is going to die. We have a billion years before that starts to happen, so how about we start planning for it now. In this video by AsapSCIENCE they explain what it would take for not only humanity, but the planet itself to survive the death of the Sun. They also introduced us to the Juno Mission, but more on that tomorrow.Read More
NASA stares into the Sun so you don't have to.
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite has been open for less than two weeks, and already it's returned the first images from its mission to study the Sun's atmosphere. The combined ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph is pulling in amazing views as well as valuable data on energy transfer in the Sun's interface region.Read More
It's not quite out of the solar system yet, but at 11 billion miles from the Sun it's certainly getting there.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft was in the news a few months ago when it was falsely reported that it had left the solar system. It still hasn't left the Sun's magnetic field, but NASA says it is at the final barrier of the heliosphere. It could still be months or years before Voyager 1 crosses that barrier, but when it does it will be the first human-made craft to enter interstellar space.Read More
The ill-understood area of the Sun could be responsible for keeping it -- and by extension, us -- hot.
Later this month, NASA is set to launch their spanking new solar study satellite, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), a tool meant to capture data about the interface region, an area that lies just above the surface of the sun that plays a key role in intensifying the incredible temperatures of the corona, the Sun's outer atmosphere. Just how it accomplishes that, though, is unclear -- that's why we're sending a satellite, guys!Read More
This article over on The Sun, entitled "Wacky cat pics are a web hit," is an article from today, which happens to fall in the year 2012. The article only has a few sentences written up, followed by a handful of the mentioned "wacky cat pics." As anyone who has an Internet connection knows, these "wacky cat pics" are LOLcats, and have been a cornerstone of the Internet for roughly ever. So, either we're looking at a humorously out of date article, or we're looking at one of the greatest trolls of all time.Read More
In a recent interview with Vibe, legendary hip-hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre sent us into a collective swoon when he let it drop that "for a long time," he's wanted to make an instrumental album about Earth's solar system called The Planets. Each track would consist of Dre's interpretations of the planets in the solar system. And he'd need surround sound to convey the majesty of Saturn.Read More
This is the sun. For a long time, it was sleepy, lying idly in the sky, keeping us warm and cozy here on Earth. Well, now the sun is waking up after its slumber, and it wants us to know. So it's spitting at us, via a coronal mass ejection. The sun's surface erupted, sending huge amounts of plasma into space ... toward us. For reference in the image above, the eruption is the dark arc near the top of the star, not the bright patch nearer the middle. But don't worry, everyone. While the sun can and someday will bring about the apocalypse, this isn't that moment. There will be pros and cons to this event, which should start as soon as tonight and last into tomorrow. Let's start with the bad news: Some satellite communications could be disrupted. The good news: Light show! This kind of plasma attack could create a geomagnetic storm, which sounds terrifying, but would really just mean we'd get to see the Northern Lights, except they'd be all over the lower 48 states.Read More
Easy Sequels to Horror Flicks (Spinoff)
5 Bad-Ass Pokémon (GameRant)
Weird Lawsuit of the Day (Bleeding Cool)
Star Wars + Warhammer = Win (Toycutter)
This Is A Laser-Sighted Pea Shooter (The Sun)
Lutetia: Beautiful Asteroid (BBC News)
(image via Reddit.)Read More
I used to dress up as Spiderman[sic] when I was younger and I love all the films. So it's great to be able to climb walls like him. I've climbed up the school wall but I'm not allowed too high. It's not scary and I completely trust the machine.Unfortunately for Kono, he can't get too far. At least not without another extension cord. Read More
This weekend we commented on the information coming out about President Obama's then unrevealed national budget proposal. Well, its Monday, and the cat's out of the bag: the rumors were right.
As we reported on Saturday, the White House's proposal calls for a change in direction on our path to the Universe, canceling the Constellation program, extending the life of the International Space Station, and turning to the private sector to replace the space shuttle.
Join us after the jump for some of the hard numbers.Read More