A new 9th planet

An unseen planet may be hiding in the outskirts of our solar system. Planetary scientists have just projected its existence based on oddities in the orbits of some far-flung icy bodies. Those tiny objects reside in the distant Kuiper (KY-pur) belt — a vast expanse of space beyond the orbit of Neptune. Konstantin Batygin and…

Brightest-ever supernova

Scientists may have spotted the most powerful supernova ever seen, some 3.8 billion light years away in deep space. Named ASASSN-15lh, it looks like a huge ball of hot gas and is radiating the energy of hundreds of billions of Suns. Ten miles across at its center, this object is putting on quite a show,…

Listen to the music of the planets

  Ask most people to hum some music from the planets and they’ll probably regale you with a few bars of Holst. But thanks to NASA’s two Voyager space probes, we no longer have to rely on human composers to imagine the sorts of sounds which best suit the orbs in our solar system. We…

Retouching Magic on NASA’s Apollo Photos

Space fanatics went wild earlier this week after thousands of unprocessed photos from NASA’s Apollo missions were uploaded to Flickr. thousands of unprocessed photos from NASA’s Apollo missions were uploaded to Flickr. Many of the photos have been seen before in some form or another, but this was the first time that the unprocessed, high-resolution…