In the pastoral British countryside, amateur astronomers are on watch for asteroids and meteorites that threaten to smash into Earth. Tracking data forms the basis of an early warning system to prevent potential catastrophe.
AFP (July 20, 2015) British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Monday launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent life in the universe in a 10-year, $100-million (143-million-euro) project to scan the heavens.
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AFP (Aug. 27, 2015) A Nigerian and two South Africans are in a race to become the first black African in space after being shortlisted in a global talent search to send a "young icon of the future" into the ... watch video
AP (Dec. 11, 2013) NASA said Wednesday it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board. (Dec. ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 29, 2012) Stunning new images of the Milky Way, recently released by the European Southern Observatory, have excited astronomers and amateur star gazers around the world. But they are merely the latest of many ... watch video
Newsy (June 24, 2014) A group of students has launched an initiative to send a "time capsule" to Mars by 2017. The group plans to include media from people all over Earth.
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AP (July 17, 2012) Scientists are building a menu for a group of six to eight astronauts for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s. The menu must keep the astronauts healthy and happy and also offer a broad array of ... watch video
Feb. 9, 2016 Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the Great Attractor. Despite being just ... read more
Feb. 5, 2016 Stars do not accumulate their final mass steadily, but in a series of violent events manifesting themselves as sharp stellar brightening. Stellar brightening can be caused by ... read more
Feb. 3, 2016 Astronomers have made the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a ... read more
Feb. 1, 2016 The origin of matter in the universe has puzzled physicists for generations. Today, we know that matter only accounts for 5 percent of our universe; another 25 percent is constituted of dark matter. ... read more
Jan. 29, 2016 Promising new calibration tools, called laser frequency combs, could allow astronomers to take a major step in discovering and characterizing earthlike planets around other ... read more
Feb. 27, 2014 A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2006 DP14 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on the night of Feb. 11, ... read more
Jan. 13, 2014 NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid -- its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last ... read more
Sep. 13, 2013 The solar system is crowded with small objects like asteroids and comets. Most have stable orbits which keep them out of harm’s way, but a small proportion of them are in orbits that risk them ... read more