Everyone loves a good origins story.
"The pulsar sort of consumes the thing that recycled it, just as the spider eats its mate.”
13.8 billion years ago, the hot Big Bang gave rise to the Universe we know. Here's why the reverse, a Big Crunch, isn't how it will end.
The answer may lie in the particular way sand forms on Titan.
Atomic clocks keep time accurately to within 1 second every 33 billion years. Nuclear clocks could blow them all away.
In all of human history, only 5 spacecraft have had the right trajectory to exit the Solar System. Will they ever catch Voyager 1?
Data from the Zhurong rover suggests the Red Planet was wet more recently than we thought.
The high pitches from the flute and the harp would reach your ears before the notes from the tuba and the cello.
Everything is made of matter, not antimatter, including black holes. If antimatter black holes existed, what would they do?
Do the laws of physics place a hard limit on how far technology can advance, or can we re-write those laws?
Time isn't the same for everyone, even on Earth. Flying around the world gave Einstein the ultimate test. No one is immune from relativity.
Popular media often frame scientists as having a cold, sterile view of the world. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Astronomers in 2017 caught an image of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy far, far away. Doing it in our own galaxy is a huge milestone.
After years of analysis, the Event Horizon Telescope team has finally revealed what the Milky Way's central black hole looks like.
In Sun-like stars, hydrogen gets fused into helium. In the Big Bang, hydrogen fusion also makes helium. But they aren't close to the same.
We have long thought that Pluto was completely frozen solid, but the discovery of cryovolcanoes challenges that assumption.
Could we finally detect the elusive Unruh effect?
Europa may be difficult to access. But if a recent study is correct, its subsurface ocean would be more accessible than previously thought.
Most potentially hazardous asteroids remain unidentified. NEO surveyor could change that, but only if it's funded, and soon.
Extremely precise atomic clocks are not just of theoretical interest; they could help detect impending volcanic eruptions or melting glaciers.
Look out at a distant object, and you're not seeing it as it is today. It's size, brightness, and actual distance are all different.
It was supposed to have a 5.5-10 year lifetime, and take 6 months to calibrate. It's performing better than anyone anticipated.
If there are human-sized creatures walking around on other planets, would we be able to view them directly?