The illuminated ball of light was seen by countless residents of the Yamalo-Nenets region in Siberia, Russia, last week, prompting cries of “aliens arriving”. As freaky spherical shapes in the sky tend to make people do, there were numerous theories and pronouncements...
Here are 10 out-of-this-world facts about space and about us.
High above the surface, Earth’s magnetic field constantly deflects incoming supersonic particles from the sun. These particles are disturbed in regions just outside of Earth’s magnetic field – and some are reflected into a turbulent region called the foreshock.
What if there is a way to destroy the universe so fundamentally that life as we know it will be impossible forever?
The primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope consisting of 18 hexagonal mirrors looks like a giant puzzle piece standing in the massive clean room of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Appropriately, combined with the rest of the observatory, the mirrors will help piece together puzzles scientists have been trying to solve throughout the cosmos.
These two natural color images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn’s north polar region between 2012 and 2016.
The NASA’s space telescope captured images of plasma ‘cannonballs’.
NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Uranus 30 years ago, but researchers are still making discoveries from the data it gathered then. A new study led by University of Idaho researchers suggests there could be two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting near two of the planet’s rings.
We know how long a human being could survive on a summer day on Mars without a spacesuit. But what about the other planets in our solar system?