A Density Map Showing 219 Million Stars Of The Visible Milky Way

It took University of Hertfordshire astronomers 10 years to do it, but their meticulous efforts have resulted in a mindboggingly detailed catalogue of the visible part of the northern section of the Milky Way — a vast swath of space that contains new fewer than 219 million stars. » 9/16/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Watch What Will Happen When We Land On a Comet

In the wake of today's announcement that a landing site has been chosen for Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko, the ESA has released a wicked cool, high-def animated sequence depicting the descent of the Philae probe and the deployment of its scientific instruments, starting with a 360-degree survey of its landing site. » 9/15/14 4:32pm Monday 4:32pm

NASA Wants An Astronomer With "Top Secret" Clearance For Webb Telescope

NASA declares that its orbiting James Webb Space Telescope will be "the premier observatory of the next decade," studying "every phase in the history of our universe." But the job description for the director of the project has some wondering if that history includes current events on Earth. » 9/15/14 4:32pm Monday 4:32pm

The Seven Wonders of the Solar System

People like to make lists of things, especially lists of superlatives: the best, fastest, oldest, largest, heaviest and so on. There are lists of the ten fastest animals and the ten longest rivers and even of the ten highest-paid rock stars. The Guinness company created a small industry from publishing lists exactly… » 9/14/14 10:29pm Sunday 10:29pm

A Stunning Rosetta Selfie, Taken 250 Million Miles Away From Earth

The European Space Agency used one of the cameras on Rosetta's Philae lander to snap this selfie, with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko visible 31 miles away. (Does that count as photobombing?) The image captures a side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of its 45-ft-long solar wings. » 9/11/14 1:38pm Thursday 1:38pm

Congressional Hearing Slams Feasibility Of Commercial Asteroid Mining

Two congressmen recently introduced the ASTEROIDS Act, which would grant property rights to companies seeking to mine the asteroid belt. Yesterday, the House Space Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill, where expert testimony bluntly told Congress the private sector is not up to the task of mining in space. » 9/11/14 1:38pm Thursday 1:38pm

10 Apps That Are The Next Best Thing To Being In Space

Most of us won't ever visit space. But space has been brought to us, in the form of images and data collected for years by spacecraft, satellites and telescopes. Here are the 10 best online, interactive apps that allow you to explore space from your computer. Grab your mouse, Ensign — you have the helm. » 9/10/14 3:24pm 9/10/14 3:24pm

Ultra HD Video Taken from the Space Station Will Rock Your World

The ESA has transformed high-res photos of Earth taken by ISS astronaut Alexander Gerst into a 3840 x 2160 pixel movie—the highest resolution available to consumers. Be sure to change the settings in YouTube, if your computer or television can handle it, for the full effect. Then, prepare for the jump into hyperspace. » 9/09/14 2:28pm 9/09/14 2:28pm

8 Things We Can Do Now to Build a Space Colony This Century

Before humans start living in space on a regular basis, there's a lot of basic science and political agendas that need to advance. We talked to scientists and experts about the fundamental things they think we should do right now, if we want to have a space colony in the next 100 years. » 9/08/14 2:58pm 9/08/14 2:58pm

NASA Wants Mars Curiosity Rover to "Drive Less And Do More Science"

NASA plans to extend seven of its ongoing planetary missions, a review panel announced yesterday. Two of the missions, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars rover Opportunity, were at risk of being shut down, but it was Mars rover Curiosity that drew the least-favorable reviews, and the harshest criticisms. » 9/04/14 1:57pm 9/04/14 1:57pm