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NASA Is Using The Kepler Space Telescope To Search For Habitable Planets

Kepler 186f may be habitable like Earth.

NASA has been using the Kepler Space Telescope to search for habitable planets since 2009. Recently NASA has found the first habitable Earth-sized planet known as Kepler-186f. The planet is named after the Kepler Space Telescope which had been scanning the universe for exoplanets that may have the right conditions to support life as we… Read more »

NASA Is Asking Public To Choose Design For New Futuristic Spacesuit

NASA spacsuit

NASA is set to unveil their design for the new Z-2 spacesuit for deep-space exploration. Astronauts will soon encounter unprecedented environments in space and NASA wants to insure their safety and effectiveness. The final stage of the design project for the new Z-2 spacesuit is selecting design from three prototypes. NASA is asking the public… Read more »

Blood Moon: A Collection Of Hilarious, Awful Photos

Blood Moon Photos: The Best Of the Worst

The blood moon has come and gone, but it’s memory will live in our minds (and on Twitter) forever. Whereas there were apparently several professional and amateur photographers who got some excellent shots of the blood moon, there are just as many more who fell a little short of perfection. Here are some of the… Read more »

NASA Aims To Give The Moon A Moon Of Its Own

nasa moon for the moon

No, NASA didn’t hire Q from the set of Star Trek in their latest and most interesting plans, but the results won’t be so different as news starts circulating on their ideas for our closest companion, the moon. In a hearing played out before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science and Space, known as “From… Read more »

NASA Releases Breathtaking Footage Of Recent Solar Flare

NASA footage of solar flare.

NASA released some rather amazing footage today of a solar flare, described as “graceful”, erupting from the surface of the sun. The mid-level solar flare was captured on video on April 2nd by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a mission launched on February 11, 2010, the purpose of which is to observe the Sun for… Read more »

India Launches Own Navigational Satellite IRNSS, Aims To Replace GPS, GLONASS

IRNSS Satellite

India’s ambitious space program has been under praise for being extremely frugal and at the same time, equally successful. Continuing its string of successes, India’s NASA equivalent, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) yesterday launched the second of its seven IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) satellites into space. The IRNSS-1B as the satellite is known… Read more »

Fireball Over Yellowknife Illuminates The Night Sky

yellowknife nightsky

Last Thursday (March 6, 2014), a fireball exploded over Yellowknife. Its light would illuminate the sky, turning night into day. Yuichi Takasaka snapped the amazing photo while in Canada’s Northwest Territories. He was actually leading an Aurora Photography Tour, which he does in March. He suddenly noticed a single shooting star beginning from the Western… Read more »

Orion Death Stars Spotted By Astronomers

Orion Death Stars

American and Canadian astronomers have recently found an incredible discovery in the Orion Nebula. Orion death stars have been spotted and are destroying potential planets. Originally, the astronomers were analyzing how O-type stars and protostars interact in the Orion Nebula using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in a joint-partnership between North America, Europe, East… Read more »

Asteroid 2014 Just Misses Earth By Only Two Million Miles, Phew!

asteroid 2014

A sizable asteroid, dubbed “Asteroid 2014″ by some reporters, just missed colliding with Earth on Monday night as it sped by at 27,000 mph. That’s “just missed ” in space terms, since it never got closer than two million miles. To place that distance in perspective, the closest planet to Earth is Venus – and… Read more »

Watch Giant Asteroid Live Online: Coverage Of 2000 EM26 On Slooh

Watch Giant Asteroid Live Online: Coverage Of 2000 EM26 On Slooh

Astronomy hobbyists who aren’t able to leave their homes can watch a giant asteroid live online as it whizzes by the earth at 27,000 miles per hour. While the giant asteroid — named 2000 EM26 — isn’t a threat to the Earth, it will pass close enough for a fantastic display that can be viewed… Read more »

Jade Rabbit Moon Rover Rises Again For China: Hello Humanity?

Jade Rabbit Moon Rover Rises Again For China: Hello Humanity?

The Jade Rabbit moon rover has suddenly restarted itself, rising again like a lunar zombie after failing to function weeks ago. In a related report by The Inquisitr, China’s moon rover called Yutu was launched near the end of November and went into lunar orbit in December. China’s moon landing made them the third country… Read more »

Andromeda Galaxy: Stunning Photos Captured By Amateur Astronomers [Photos]


Dozens of amateur astronomers have been peppering the internet with a plethora of images of the Andromeda galaxy. Over the last few weeks, the night skies have clear, giving photographers the perfect opportunity to capture stunning images of this beautiful area of space. One amateur stargazer who has taken advantage of this unique opening is… Read more »

Challenger Disaster: Rare Photos Found After 28 Years

Challenger disaster

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which happened 28 years ago in 1986, killed all seven crew members on board. 26 never-seen-before images have now been found, capturing the horror of the worst space shuttle disaster in American history. The photos were found by Michael Hindes – the grandson of Bill Rendle, who worked as a… Read more »

Aurora Borealis Could Be Visible As Far South As Colorado

Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis may light up the skies as far south as Colorado on Thursday night and Friday morning. Although there is no certainty the event will actually occur, the strong solar flare that happened earlier this week may cause the unusual event to be visible in the lower 48. “We’re hoping,” said Joe Kunches… Read more »

Going For A Romantic Stroll? Here’s A Guide To The Night Sky.

night sky

What’s more romantic than an evening stroll under the stars, and what’s more impressive than being able to identify all the little dots? Well, although the whole Universe might just be a hologram, it’s a darn pretty one. We’ve been on EarthSky and can bring you some useful information if you want to impress someone… Read more »

Christmas Eve Spacewalk Attempts To Finish Repairs To ISS [Watch Live]

Christmas Eve Spacewalk Attempt to finish repairs to ISS

A rare Christmas Eve spacewalk thousands of miles above the Earth is taking place as astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) attempt to finish repairs to the crippled base. NASA scheduled the spacewalk as astronauts work to fix the problems that have plagued the station. The Christmas Eve spacewalk is scheduled for 4:10 am… Read more »

Arizona Meteor Shower: ‘Lie Flat On Your Back And Look Up’

Arizona meteor

An Arizona meteor shower is due to hit its peak this weekend, and an amazing preview of things to come was visible in the Arizona skies on Tuesday. The exploding meteor may have shaken some windows and scared a few residents, but it produced a spectacular night display even though it wasn’t officially part of… Read more »

Mars Colonization: 200,000 People Apply To Live On Red Planet


Plans to colonize Mars are set to proceed after 200,000 people applied to live on the Red Planet, even though they won’t ever return to Earth if they actually go. The Mars One foundation announced on Tuesday that their planned expedition, which will see four individuals sent to Mars, has secured its lead suppliers for… Read more »

China’s Moon Rover Now In Lunar Orbit

Chinese Moon Rover Readies For Surface Landing

China’s moon rover, the first of its kind, is now in lunar orbit. On Sunday China successfully launched their new rover into space on a Long March 3B vehicle. By Friday the spacecraft, named the Chang’e 3, was officially circling the moon. Operators out of Beijing reported firing breaking thrusters for 361 seconds to get… Read more »

Black Hole Twice As Bright As Astronomers Thought Possible [Study]

black hole twice as bright as astronomers believed, study

A new study has revealed that a black hole system in a galaxy close to ours is twice as bright as astronomers had believed possible. The system is located about 22 million light-years away from the Earth in the Pinwheel Galaxy, and it might change astronomers’ theories about how some black holes radiate energy and… Read more »

Gamma Ray Burst Was Literally The Largest Explosion Ever Seen

Gamma Ray Burst Seen From Earth

A recently discovered gamma ray burst is quite likely the largest explosion ever witnessed by scientists. It might even be considered the largest such cosmic event ever, if not for the original Big Bang. Lucky for us on Earth, the burst didn’t come closer than 3.7 billion light-years. If our blue planet was hit by… Read more »

Olympic Torch Goes On Spacewalk, With A Little Help

Olympic Torch Takes Spacewalk

The Sochi Olympic torch took a rather large detour this week, blasting off to the International Space Station and taking a journey into open space for the first time in history. While the torch wasn’t actually lit for the walk (it wouldn’t stay that way anyway), a pair of Russian cosmonauts took the silver-and-red torch… Read more »

Satellite Falling: How Much Damage Could It Do?

Satellite Falling Out Of Orbit

A satellite launched in Europe is falling to earth. The problem is that no one knows where or when it will fall and, more importantly, how much damage it will do when it crashes. The satellite, which has been mapping the earth’s gravitational field in detail, will be forced down to earth by gravity over… Read more »

Asteroid Strikes Could Be More Common Than Originally Thought

Risk Of Asteroid Impact Higher

Asteroids like the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February could become more common, according to a recent study. The Russian meteorite shattered windows for miles and injured more than 1,000 people. Experts at first labeled the Chelyabinsk asteroid a rare event, explaining that the event could happen once every 100 to 200 years… Read more »

Milky Way Could Contain Billions Of Earth-Sized Planets

Milky Way Billions Of Earth-Like Planets

The Milky Way galaxy could contain billions of Earth-sized planets orbiting stars much like our sun. Astronomers using data from NASA calculated that our galaxy holds at least 8.8 billion stars with planets much like ours. The study was published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is the… Read more »

Comet ISON To Hit The Sun In 2013?

comet ison

Comet ISON appears ready to hit the sun, according to scientists. In other spacey news as previously reported by The Inquisitr, the most distant galaxy was recently confirmed. But let’s discuss something a little closer to home, the comet ISON. Comet ISON was discovered in September 2012 by two Russian astronomers using telescopes in the… Read more »