Even with only 12.5 hours of exposure time, James Webb's first deep-field image taught us lessons we've never realized before.
From here on Earth, looking farther away in space means looking farther back in time. So what are distant Earth-watchers seeing right now?
The most unique interloper into our Solar System has a natural explanation that fits perfectly — no aliens required.
The definitive answer requires better, unbiased data. Despite all the advances that have occurred in human history, one extraordinary puzzle still remains right in our own backyard: we aren’t sure how […]
Galactic archaeology has uncovered a spectacular find: the Milky Way already existed more than 13 billion years ago.
An unprecedented number of new satellites threatens the night sky as we know it. Will we act in time to save it?
How Nobel Prize winner physicist Lev Landau ranked the best physics minds of his generation.
How many potentially habitable planets are there? We sincerely don’t know. One of the most compelling scientific goals humanity has set for itself is to find extraterrestrial life: biological activity originating […]
When it comes time for humanity to pick a new home, where will we go?
There's an extra source of massive "stuff" in our Universe beyond what gravitation and normal matter can explain. Could light be the answer?
Far from acting as the conduits of a benevolent deity, these religious leaders threw the teachings of their own church out of the window.
As patients approached death, many had dreams and visions of deceased loved ones.
In 1789, William Herschel discovered this unique moon around Saturn. 230 years later, its secrets are more promising than ever. Today marks the 230th anniversary of the discovery of Enceladus, one […]
It contains more water than all the Great Lakes combined, and the science of our planet explains why. Although practically all of Earth’s human population lives on dry land, our surface […]
After a wait of 397 years in orbit, we’re finally getting a truly ‘Great’ Conjunction. Recently, December 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn finally met. Looking towards the southwest skies from […]
Known as the ‘North Star,’ Polaris won’t stay that way forever. Planet Earth spins a full 360°, about its axis, every 24 hours. The Earth in orbit around the Sun, with […]
The laws of physics state that you can't create or destroy matter without also creating or destroying an equal amount of antimatter. So how are we here?
Research suggests that aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning and decision-making.
Drop sodium in water, and a violent, even explosive reaction will occur. But quantum physics is needed to explain why.
Our Universe is 13.8 billion years old, and our Sun formed about 2/3rds of the way through. Here’s what came before it. When it comes to the great cosmic question of […]
From Brahms to Tchaikovsky, here's a curated list of composers whose music has shaped the classical canon.
We've only seen Uranus up close once: from Voyager 2, back in 1986. The next time we do it, its features will look entirely different.
Two anthropologists question the chemical imbalance theory of mental health disorders.