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Freethink's weekly countdown of the biggest space news, featuring Starship's second test flight, a new "dark mysteries" telescope, and more.
After it became clear that the world wasn't 6,000 years old, some proposed that northern peoples had emerged independently from others.
True north, magnetic north, and grid north have aligned. There's also a connection to James Bond.
With launch, deployment, calibration, and science operations about to commence, here are 10 facts that are absolutely true.
To this day, one cult believes that Lemuria was real, and that its people left us the sacred wisdom to revive their advanced civilization.
Previously, only the brightest and most active galaxies could pierce the obscuring wall of cosmic dust. At last, normal galaxies break through.
These composers channeled the horror of the Holocaust and Hiroshima while honoring those who lived through it.
Astronomers possibly solve the mystery of how the enormous Oort cloud, with over 100 billion comet-like objects, was formed.
Is it true that half of disaster relief is motivated politically rather than by need?
In determining what qualifies as solid science, controversy is inevitable.
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
Twain and Tesla had similar passions and an amusing friendship.
One image can give over 100 times the data we now get from Hubble. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, revealed the previously unseen Universe. The most distant galaxy ever […]
And the one step we can take to show extraterrestrials we’re figuring it out. Every year, Earth’s meteor showers accomplish two important tasks. This composite photograph shows a large number of […]
“It doesn’t erase what happened to you. It just changes the impact it has on your life.”
The Universe’s idea of a ‘typical star’ has changed dramatically over time. When you look out at the Universe today, you’re not seeing it exactly as it is at one particular […]
Infrared, visible, and ultraviolet combine to show us Jupiter’s features as never before. The largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter, is our own ‘failed star.’ The best evidence-based classification scheme […]
Both views are equally spectacular, but unequally informative. Every so often, a creative amateur project highlights our professional achievements. This mosaic shows the region between the constellations of Cygnus and […]
Price gouging is prohibited in 34 US states and Washington D.C. But two scholars ask whether that's the way it should be.
Telescopes from the ground are bigger, but have to fight the atmosphere. Here’s how to win. In astronomy, seeing farther and fainter than ever before requires three simultaneous approaches. First light, […]
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
The Sun produces a wide variety of particles and radiation throughout it, but all of its neutrinos are produced in the core: where nuclear reactions take place. The various reactions […]