Talk about brilliant! NASA says it has discovered the brightest galaxy ever seen--a super-distant collection of stars that shines with the intensity of 300 trillion suns. This artist's concept depicts the new record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. Show More Summary
A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new.....
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed...
SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon supply ship left the International Space Station Thursday and hours later splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, NASA said. The Dragon began its journey back to Earth at 7:04 am (1104 GMT), when the US space agency broadcast images of the...
Two years ago, Texas gun enthusiast Cody Wilson experimented with the burgeoning 3-D printing technology that, following coded instructions, manufactures products from plastic. NASA recently used the process to create a wrench aboard the International Space Station with instructions sent from Earth.
While this star was discovered decades ago, it’s the first time researchers have seen it up close—and it’s brought with it some surprises. But none of that explains why NASA chooses to call it Nasty One. Read more...
Jessica Banks was an astrophysicist at NASA; then she started RockPaperRobot and innovated the design of furniture and homes by incorporating advanced physics.
by Angela Guess Mark Pomerleau recently wrote for GCN, “Despite the conclusion of the space shuttle program, NASA shows no signs of slowing down. The space agency’s recently released draft 2015 Technology Roadmaps outline NASA’s plans across 15 technology areas, ranging from nanotechnology to exploration systems. Show More Summary
The brightest-ever galaxy has reportedly been discovered by scientists with the help of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope.
Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable—using cheap, lightweight CubeSats. Read more...
An artist's illustration of the most luminous galaxy detected. Image: NASA Sometimes when you gaze billions of years into our universe’s past, you’ll find something so stunning that even the cold, scientific terms to describe it sound poetic. Show More Summary
New images from NASA's Dawn mission are helping unravel the source of several strange bright lights on the dwarf planet
A remote galaxy shining brightly with infrared light equal to more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The galaxy, which belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- nicknamed extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs -- is the most luminous galaxy found to date.
Astronomers have spent decades trying to determine the oddball behavior of an aging star nicknamed "Nasty 1" residing in our Milky Way galaxy. Looking at the star using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers had expected to see a bipolar outflow of twin lobes of gas from the star. Show More Summary
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Jay Famiglietti on Real Time with Bill Maher. Photo by HBO/Janet Van Ham. For the last few years, Jay Famiglietti—hydrologist, UC-Irvine professor, and senior water scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labratory (JPL)—has written an annual...Show More Summary
NASA has announced that the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was successfully released from the International Space Station's robotic arm this morning at 7:04am ET, by Expedition 43 robotic arm operator Scott Kelly.
It isn't the best of times for the American Arctic and let me explain why. The world is in the midst of an oil glut. In the last year, oil prices bottomed out before rising modestly. A NASA study just offered the news that a massiveShow More Summary
Less than four months after lift-off, testing on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is complete, and science operations have begun. The data recorded by the mission, which will give rise to more accurate weather forecasting, will now be subject to a year of validation against existing measurements... Show More Summary
Earlier this month we discovered that Ceres’ pair of mysterious bright spots were, in fact, not two—they were many, many more. Now, we’ve got the closest look yet of the spots thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission. Read more...