A Stunning View Of Sunlit Seas On Titan

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft soared past Saturn's moon Titan, it recently caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas. In the past, Cassini had captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off them, but this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. » 10/31/14 10:21pm Just now

The Earth And The Moon, In A Single Frame

China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this rare glimpse of the Moon's far side yesterday, from just past the halfway point on its lunar-looping test flight. Incredibly, the spacecraft managed to include Earth in the frame as well, producing what is destined to become an iconic image of our planet and its natural… » 10/30/14 10:32pm Yesterday 10:32pm

There Is "Epic Movement" In A Water Drop

Directed and animated by artist Sharon Liu, Geronimo! is a whimsical, watercolor-illustrated reminder of the "epic movement we miss in every drop" of water. If you're familiar with the fluid mechanics of water droplets, you'll understand the reference; if you're not, it's high time you learned about coalescence… » 10/30/14 10:32pm Yesterday 10:32pm

Cargo Runs To The Space Station Resume With A Successful Launch

The Russian Progress spacecraft launched without incident last night, carrying three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station. Less than a day after the unexpected Antares rocket explosion, it's reassuring to have a successful cargo run. » 10/29/14 5:30pm Wednesday 5:30pm

Could Biological Life Be Just A Passing Phase In The Universe?

Steven Dick, a famed astronomer and historian, has completed a one-year residency at the Library of Congress, researching his next book, How the Discovery of Life Will Transform Our Thinking. In an exclusive interview posted on the Library's blog, he discusses such provocative issues as evolution on a cosmic scale. » 10/29/14 8:19pm Wednesday 8:19pm

This Extraordinarily Well-Preserved Mammoth Is Now On Display In Moscow

Remember Yuka — that freakishly well-preserved wooly mammoth discovered in 2010? Scientists have put the remains of the 39,000 year-old mammoth on display in Moscow — and it's far more incredible than we realized. » 10/29/14 8:19pm Wednesday 8:19pm

Uncrewed Antares Rocket Explodes, Crashing Into Pad Seconds After Launch

Instead of a nice, predictable cargo run to the space station, an Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch this evening. No injuries are reported and all personnel are accounted for, but the payload is lost and the launchpad damaged. Orbital Sciences and NASA are investigating the accident. » 10/28/14 4:30pm Tuesday 4:30pm

Heat Map Shows Where We Can Build Geothermal Plants in the U.S.

Geothermal power, where energy is generated by drawing heat from the fluid found beneath the Earth's surface, is quickly becoming an appealing option. A new mapping tool from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the country's vast geothermal heat potential. » 10/28/14 7:17pm Tuesday 7:17pm

This is Where LADEE Crashed Into The Moon

After completing 100 days of lunar observations, the LADEE spacecraft was sent on a collision course to smash into the moon in April 2014. Now the Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter has spotted where it crashed, creating a sharp new addition to the dust and craters. » 10/28/14 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online

Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world. Some of the most influential texts are now available at the Qatar Digital Library. » 10/28/14 2:55pm Tuesday 2:55pm

Astronomers Observe An Expanding Nova Fireball For The First Time

An international team of astronomers have finally caught a glimpse of an expanding thermonuclear fireball from an exploding white dwarf. It's the first time this kind of data has ever been captured, allowing the researchers to study how the fireball evolves and rapidly expands into space. » 10/28/14 2:53pm Tuesday 2:53pm

How To Find A Mammoth In 20 Not-So-Simple Steps

Mammoths Unearthed is a National Geographic special on archeologist Dr. Tim King and palaeontologist Trevor Valle hunting for mammoths in melting Siberian permafrost. Despite the oozing drama plaguing modern documentaries, it's an intriguing, surreal, and frustrating look at the reality of fieldwork. » 10/27/14 8:00am Monday 8:00am

The Very Best Physics-Themed Halloween Costumes

Looking for a last-minute costume idea? The folks at Symmetry Magazine have put together a list of fun and quirky (quarky? I'm sorry.) physics-themed getups, complete with animated illustrations. Up top is one of our favorites (and one of the few well suited to couples-costuming): Entangled particles! » 10/26/14 3:55pm Sunday 3:55pm

The SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down With Moustronauts And Arugula

The Dragon capsule detached from the International Space Station, carrying 1,486 kilograms of cargo safely back to Earth. This fourth cargo mission by SpaceX carried a wide variety of science samples, including the first live mammals transported by the commercial company. » 10/25/14 11:00pm Saturday 11:00pm