Shooting star or piece of space dust?
Impressive but deadly physics underlie catastrophic eruptions.
With a new telescope on the horizon, we reflect on the best pictures of space that came before.
On December 19 1972, astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the Apollo 17 lunar mission. They were the last people to travel […]
A levitating vehicle might someday explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces.
New technology is helping physicists move forward in the search for the Theory of Everything.
How do fireworks work? A pyrotechnics chemist explains the science behind the brilliant colors and sounds
If you put very fine black powder powder in a confined space it explodes in a cloud of heat, gas and noise.
The boiling new world, which zips around its star at ultraclose range, is among the lightest exoplanets found to date.
A newly discovered “ultrahot Jupiter” has the shortest orbit of any known gas giant.
Until now, researchers believed davemaoite could never be found on Earth's surface.
From hellishly hot planets to water worlds, some distant planets are like nothing in our Solar System.
On Nov. 15, 2021, U.S. officials announced that they had detected a dangerous new debris field in orbit near Earth. Later in the day, it was confirmed that Russia had […]
“Should they strike, each of them has an energy at impact equal to all of the nuclear weapons on Earth combined."
Surface deformation or other signs of an impending explosion may not occur. Instead, supervolcanic eruptions can be much more insidious.
The findings include signs of flash flooding that carried huge boulders downstream into the lakebed.
Asymmetric organocatalysis is an environmentally friendly way of accelerating chemical reactions and creating specific types of molecules.
Much like computing technology, the Great Red Spot has been getting smaller and faster over the last few years.
Without Benjamin List and David MacMillan, chemists would still be using metals and enzymes to catalyze chemical reactions.
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian were awarded the highest honor in medicine for their research into how human bodies make sense of and respond to the outside world.
The unconventional method could help astronomers better track meteorites that fall during the daytime.
An icy space rock flattened an ancient city and everyone in it, perhaps inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom
Shocked city dwellers who stared at it were blinded instantly, then the entire city caught fire.