Why NASA is sending a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring a piece back

Not to be outdone by their ESA colleagues, NASA is sending a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring a piece of it back. Her name is OSIRIS-REx, and she will be visiting Bennu—great name for an outpost in a sci-fi movie—one of the primordial asteroids that have been orbiting the Sun for millions of years. This is why: » 11/18/14 12:28pm Tuesday 12:28pm

Video: A mash up of awe-inspiring scenes from awesome movies about space

There are very few things that are actually cooler in real life than in the movies. Being in space is one of them. Sure, movies might make space look more cinematic and epic but being a real astronaut who actually put on a suit and got on a shuttle to go to space trumps any movie. Movies can't beat that. » 11/06/14 8:11pm 11/06/14 8:11pm

Stabilized time-lapse of the night sky clearly shows how Earth rotates

It's no wonder that the uneducated minds of antiquity—and some simpletons today—were anthropocentric. The Sun, the Moon, and the entire sky seem to revolve around us. We are so special, they thought. Except we are not, as Copernicus discovered. This cool stabilized time-lapse clearly shows how Earth rotates. » 11/06/14 12:14am 11/06/14 12:14am

Playing around with a water bubble in space must never get old

I'm happy when I see astronauts happy. There's something about seeing people in space enjoy all there is about space that's just infectious. Even the little things, like playing around with a giant water bubble blob. I mean, I would do the same thing they're doing. Let it swallow my hands while a GoPro is inside. » 11/05/14 8:58pm 11/05/14 8:58pm

Spectacular satellite image shows almost perfect 9.6-km foliage circle

I love to zoom into pictures, especially spectacular ones like this one of the Egmont National Park, New Zealand, published by the European Space Agency. The clear circular boundary is actually the edge of the park, with the dormant volcano Mount Taranaki in the middle. It looks like a reverse crater of lush life. » 11/05/14 6:30pm 11/05/14 6:30pm

Watch a feather and a bowling ball fall at the exact same speed

To this day, I've never felt dumber than when elementary school me thought that 100 pounds of bowling balls would fall faster than 100 pounds of feathers. This video doesn't show that riddle in action but something even cooler: how things fall at the same rate inside the world's largest vacuum chamber. » 11/03/14 8:36pm 11/03/14 8:36pm

Short film: A cute cat with a mean spacesuit faces some evil alien bees

This short film by French director Loïc Bramoullé displays the coolest spacesuit I've ever seen. Not just because its mean range of weapons, but also for its (artificial) intelligence to make decisions that protect its owner—a cute cat that seems a bit out of place—from things like evil alien bees. » 9/11/14 10:20am 9/11/14 10:20am

New map shows where the Milky Way galaxy is inside its supercluster

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed where our galaxy stands amongst thousands of other galaxies in our home supercluster. The new map shows beautiful feathery strings linked together with the Milky Way galaxy placed on the edge of the newly named Laniakea supercluster, home to 100,000 other galaxies. » 9/03/14 3:59pm 9/03/14 3:59pm