follow Category: Astronomy & Space

Beautiful, Bewitching Pluto Poses in New Images from New Horizons Probe

And the hits just keep on coming. Another batch of Pluto photos from NASA’s New Horizons probe reveals the majesty and mystery of this icy world. The images are the latest releases from the treasure trove of data and snapshots captured by during New Horizon’s close flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. One of the new

Sticky, Eagle-Eyed, Explosive Science Prepped for Space Station Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft launching tomorrow (March 22) is ready to lug more up to the International Space Station than ever before, including experiments primed to spy on meteors, 3D print rare parts and start a huge fire. The commercial spacecraft, built by Orbital ATK, is scheduled for launch at 11:05 p.m.

Did Mars’ Methane Come from Comets?

One of the most provocative questions about Mars today is what is causing periodic spikes in the amount of methane in the planet’s atmosphere. On Earth, methane is strongly tied to biological activities, raising the prospect that colonies of methane-emitting microbes might be living on Mars. Another option is that the gas stems from geological

2016 Full Moon Calendar

The moon shows its full face to Earth once a month. Well, sort of. In fact, when things are perfectly aligned and the moon is 100 percent full, there is a lunar eclipse; so, in reality most of the time the moon is never perfectly full. And sometimes — once in a blue moon —