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On Extraterrestrial Life: Part I

Mario Livio | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The discovery (if and when it happens) of extraterrestrial complex life will undoubtedly usher in a revolution that will rival the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions combined.

Hubble Gives First-Ever Glimpse Of Our Galaxy's Distant Past | Mike Wall | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science

Astronomers have pieced together a detailed picture of how our Milky Way galaxy came together, using Hubble Space Telescope photos of 400 similar ga...

40 Billion Ways to Dance

Mark Morford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Go ahead, try it. Step outside tonight and glance skyward, pick any star and then visualize its own rocky, Earthy little ball orbiting around it, with some form of life potentially dancing a tango on top.

Milky Way Teeming With Billions Of Earth-Size Planets

AP/NASA | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.05.2013 | Science

By SETH BORENSTEIN, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the ...

Earth: Little More Than a Speck of Dust

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.30.2013 | Science
Marco Cáceres

If you think of the Earth within the context of the universe(s), it is difficult to cling to any certainty you may have about the significance or uniqueness of our planet, and thus the degree of specialness we like to attribute to its inhabitants.

WATCH: New Animation Reveals 'Nut' At Galaxy's Core | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science

The best 3D map yet of the center of the Milky Way galaxy has revealed a tasty surprise: the heart of our galaxy looks like a cosmic peanut. Two in...

Our Elusive Milky Way

William H. Waller | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
William H. Waller

For 25 years as an astronomy educator, I have informally polled hundreds of students, teachers, and the general public regarding their awareness of the night sky. Invariably, no more than 25 percent have ever seen the Milky Way with their own eyes.

EXPLAINED: Why Our Black Hole Isn't Getting Much Bigger | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 09.01.2013 | Science

The colossal black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy is a messy eater. Of all the gas that falls toward the black hole, 99 percent gets spewe...

The Universe: A Partial Inventory

Mario Livio | Posted 10.20.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

What did we know about the size and contents of our universe a hundred years ago? Very little. Even the proton, the nucleus of the simplest atom (hydrogen), was only discovered by Rutherford in 1917-1919.

EXPLAINED: Why Our Black Hole Is Such A Picky Eater

| Ron Cowen | Posted 08.15.2013 | Science

A strange type of star never before found near the Milky Way’s center is providing new clues about the bizarre behavior of the supermassive black ho...

Giant Telescope Spies Enormous Cloud In Space

Megan Gannon | Posted 07.18.2013 | Science

Astronomers have spied a huge gas cloud being pulled like taffy around the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. Their observations...

LOOK: Astronomers Spy 'Monster' Star Forming

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science

Astronomers witnessed a spectacular sight recently when they spotted an embryonic "monster" star in the Milky Way. Though the star is still forming, i...

LOOK: There's Something Amazing About This Photo

Posted 06.17.2013 | Weddings

Here's a wedding photo that's out of this world! Australian photographer Andrew Tallon took this photo of a bride and groom on a moonless night in ...

Obese Black Holes May Help Solve Major Astronomy Riddle | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

Gluttonous black holes in the center of some galaxies could be precursors to the brightest objects in the known universe. A recently proposed type ...

WATCH: Dazzling Time-Lapse Spotlights Stars, Auroras, Storms

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.10.2013 | Science

If you live in a city, you're lucky if you can spot a handful of stars at night. Randy Halverson, a photographer who lives in South Dakota, can look u...

Milky Way Study Challenges Ideas About Earth's 'Home'

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/03/2013 02:23 PM EDT on INDIANAPOLIS — Our home in the Milky Way could be much larger than ever thought...

Weird Magnetic Star May Test Einstein Theory

natureheader | Posted 05.16.2013 | Science

By Eugenie Samuel Reich Dale Frail couldn’t resist the prospect of watching a black hole swallow its prey. Frail, who is in charge of the Very La...

Giant Black Hole Snacks On Colossal Gas Cloud

Posted 05.08.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/08/2013 08:25 AM EDT on The huge, hot mess of cosmic gas that feeds the colossal black hole at the cente...

'Green Peas' May Shed Light On Early Universe

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.09.2013 | Science

Astronomers still don't know much about how the universe developed during its infancy, but tiny galaxies known as "Green Peas" may hold big clues. ...

WATCH: Galaxy Debate Settled With Help Of Stupendous Simulation

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

Astronomers know a thing or two about galaxies, including how many there are in the universe (at least 100 billion) and the different shapes they take...

Has Missing Galaxy Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 03.21.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 03/20/2013 07:00 AM EDT on Some dwarf galaxies in the early universe travelled so fast that their gas wa...

Massive Black Hole Set To Gobble Up Celestial Snack

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/08/2013 05:22 AM EST on The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way is preparing to gobble up ...

Nearby Galaxy Even Closer Than We Thought, New Research Shows

Posted 03.07.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/06/2013 01:03 PM EST on The distance to one of the Milky Way's next-door neighbors, a satellite galaxy...

Galaxy's 'Cannibal' Past Revealed By Space Telescope

Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/27/2013 10:19 AM EST on The Milky Way's far outer reaches may harbor a shell of stars left over from a lon...

Ultrafast Stars Observed Rocketing Through Galaxy

Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose Published: 02/20/2013 08:01 AM EST on Six speedy stars rocketing through space at up to 2 million miles per hour were li...