There's a solar Coronal Mass Ejection travelling towards us at 1,400 miles per second, the largest solar storm since 2005. It will hit Earth around 2pm GMT, causing fluctuations on the power grid and disruptions to the Global Positioning System.
Looks like we’re in for a stormy solar Saturday, as the sun has erupted in our direction again. It shot out an M3.2-class solar flare towards our humble little planet (as you can see above). The resulting stream of charged particles should crash into Earth’s magnetic field on Saturday, and could cause the odd blackout, pretty lights, and conspiracy theorists to go nuts, again.
According to quotes apparently coming from Simon Cowell today, a deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism venture could see the winner of 2012's Britain's Got Talent sent into space on one of the first private space trips.
British game developer Richard Garriott went to space on October 2008. He took a camera with him and filmed a little short called Apogee of Fear starring him, two American astronauts, one cosmonaut and his mum.
It never fails. Every month or so, the astronauts at the International Space Station capture Earth in the most amazing, astonishing, rock-your-socks-off way imaginable. Every time it's better than the previous one. This one is the current winner by far.
Alien conspiracy theorists went nuts (as you can see above) when they saw a strange, massive, triangle shaped “object” captured in a video by NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft, which with its twin is parked either side of the sun. This time, NASA’s been ticked off enough, probably by the constant barrage of phone calls and cover-up articles, to debunk it publically.
This new image of the Eagle Nebula—without a doubt one of the most amazing objects in space—is stunningly trippy. It combines the two opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum in one shot: Far-infrared and X-ray. Absolutely gorgeous.
The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques has taken this hot picture of the Russian Mars 13-ton probe Phobos-Grunt as it falls to planet Earth. It may hit tomorrow, but we still don't know where.
An international team of astronomers have reached the most definitive conclusion, one with profound implications: our galaxy contains a minimum of 100 billion planets. Of those, most are small planets like ours. Statistically, every star would have at least one planet.
For 16 years NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, RXTE to his friends, provided unprecedented views into the hearts of black holes, white dwarfs and neutron stars. Having far surpassed its initial goals, RXTE has sent its last transmission back to Earth and has been switched off for good.
Russia’s not had a lot of luck as of late with their space program. Explosions, wayward rockets and now a dead satellite chock-a-block full of fuel sits in orbit, waiting to come back to Earth with a bang. But according to Russia’s space chief it might not be its fault -- he suspects sabotage.
In some far-off world, maybe there is such thing as tiny little microbe geniuses that've figured out the secrets of life before their bigger, more top o' the food chain human-like counterparts. Maybe those microbes know we exist! Maybe they know if an orange red crayon is more orange or more red! Hell, maybe bacteria on our planet are that smart. That's what an artist wants to find out.