The 10 Biggest Science Stories of the Decade

Given the rapid pace of change in technology and science, it can be easy to forget what we didn’t know just a few short years ago. The past decade has seen breakthroughs in physics, biology and astronomy, to name just a few. Which of these discoveries are the most important is probably for historians to […]

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9 Epic Space Discoveries You Probably Missed in 2019

Space dominated the headlines in 2019 with stories documenting the first successful image of a black hole, or how a crashed Israeli spacecraft spilled thousands of tardigrades onto the moon. But the universe is a pretty big place (pardon the understatement), and countless mind-bending phenomena happen there every day, whether or not they make it […]


Imagen obtenida con el VLT del glóbulo cometario CG4

Como las fauces abiertas de una gigantesca criatura celeste, el glóbulo cometario CG4 refulge amenazante en esta nueva imagen del VLT (Very Large Telescope) de ESO. Aunque en la fotografía parece grande y brillante, en realidad se trata de una nebulosa débil, difícil de observar. La naturaleza exacta de CG4 sigue siendo un misterio. Crédito: […]

Like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature, the cometary globule CG4 glows menacingly in this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Although it looks huge and bright in this image it is actually a faint nebula and not easy to observe. The exact nature of CG4 remains a mystery.

Ursid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

When meteor enthusiasts think of the month of December, they immediately conjure up visions of the Geminids. Over the years, these have evolved into the most reliable of the dozen or so annual meteor displays. But this year, a nearly full moon almost wrecked the Geminids by lighting up the sky and squelching all but […]


Moon FARSIDE: Lunar Astronomy Proposal Takes Aim at Cosmic Dark Ages and Exoplanets

The far side of the moon is an attention grabber for many reasons. A new mission idea capitalizes on those reasons in a project dubbed the Farside Array for Radio Science Investigations of the Dark ages and Exoplanets, shortened to this enlightened abbreviation: FARSIDE. The concept would place a low-radio-frequency interferometric array on the far […]

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Lightning Bolts Create Glowing Auroral ‘Elves’ and Brilliant Gamma-Ray Flashes

Dark fluffy thunderclouds don’t just fuel dramatic storms, they also produce some of the most energetic flashes of light on the planet — and brilliant sky displays known as ultrasonic «elves.» Now, new findings have painted a clearer picture of what’s going on in the silent interludes of a stormy sky. For a long time, […]