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It could analyze a photo of the Martian surface in just five seconds. NASA scientists need 40 minutes.
We knew we'd find galaxies unlike any seen before in its first deep-field image. But the other images hold secrets even more profound.
Astronomy's roots rest in the very origins of humanity. We have always looked to the skies for answers. We are starting to get them.
The James Webb Space Telescope has chosen 5 targets for its first science release. Here's what we know on the eve of JWST's big reveal!
The Siege of Leningrad lasted over two years and claimed nearly a million lives. It also inspired writers to record the bleak conditions in which they lived.
With sodium-sensitive eyes, we’d see it every new Moon. With no detectable gases, the Moon appears to be atmosphere-free. The Moon as seen from a view above the majority of Earth’s […]
Can Detroit get its comeback right?
From exoplanets to supermassive black holes to the first stars and galaxies, Webb will show us the Universe as we've never seen it before.
With a new telescope on the horizon, we reflect on the best pictures of space that came before.
“I watched closely for the sun or stars to appear, to correct my chronometer, on the accuracy of which our lives and the success of the journey would depend.”
Can a non-native species be a friend instead of a foe?
A marine scientist explains the threat of the Loop Current, a 800-pound gorilla of Gulf hurricane risks.
The way that the ancient Megalodon adapted to water temperature has important implications for modern marine creatures.
Music therapy might boost memory, but the benefits are small. Just in case, tell your grandparents to listen to their favorite 1960s tunes.
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 […]
There are good historical reasons why Germans are suspicious of surveillance.
An optical telescope with a massive 20-foot (6-meter) mirror has an eye-popping price tag of $11 billion.
Whether they’re gas giants or rocky planets makes all the difference for life. Over the past 30 years, we went from not knowing if there were planets like ours around other […]
A study proposes that an ancient trading network, called the Hopewell tradition, may have been wiped out by what is known as a cosmic airburst.
Scientists track down a puzzling early burst of oxygen on Earth.
In her 2020 book, "The Alchemy of Us," Ainissa Ramirez explores how important material inventions shaped the course of human experience.