Disaster movies are one and the same—we’re all just watching them to see the world come under attack and famous landmarks get destroyed. “Oh my god, did they just do that to the Golden Gate Bridge?” “Not the Sydney Opera House!” But there’s one disaster movie that’s better than them all: Independence Day.
Good news alien hunters! A Kickstarter to fund a year-long investigation into KIC 8462852—the star voted most likely to harbor an advanced alien civilization—just got funded. Alien megastructure or not, we may finally get to the bottom of this bewildering, flickering star.
A team of researchers just confirmed the presence of oxygen in a galaxy 13.1 billion light years away—the furthest oxygen has ever been detected. Their findings suggest that this may have been the first oxygen to form in the early universe.
The disturbing Fermi Paradox suggests we should have made contact with an extraterrestrial civilization by now, yet we haven’t. By applying a 500-year-old philosophical principle, a Cornell University researcher has shown that the Great Silence is not unexpected—we just need to give it more time.
Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt who died at 18 and later exploded inside his own sarcophagus, apparently owned—and was buried with—a literal space dagger made from meteoric iron.
This is what NASA’s super pressure balloon looks like on the ground. And this—pictured below—is what it looks like floating in the air at night. Perhaps you’ve already spotted the problem.
In a few years, powerful new telescopes will usher in a search for habitable worlds outside our solar system. And TRAPPIST-1—a dim, tepid star just a smidge larger than Jupiter—is one of the first places we’ll look. It’s only forty light years away, and it’s home to several promising, Earth-sized exoplanets.
Countless people reported seeing a strange green orb tear across the southern California sky last night. And as shown in a recent YouTube upload—complete with a perfect soundtrack—it looked spectacular.
Last year, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence got a major boost when Russian billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a $100 million effort to scan the skies for radio and light signals emitted by aliens. Not content to simply sit tight and wait for ET to hail us, Milner now plans to build interstellar spacecraft.…
For more than fifty years, astronomers have pointed radio receivers to the sky and listened for signs of intelligent life—mostly, around stars like our own. Since that doesn’t seem to be working out so well, a team of SETI researchers is now proposing something radically different: scanning the oldest and dimmest…
Humans have long dreamed of discovering intelligent life beyond Earth. But truth is, we have no way of knowing if an alien civilization would be friendly or hostile. Should we have the rotten luck of discovering the Borg, we’ll need to get our collective asses into hiding quickly—and a team of astronomers thinks they…
Gale Anne Hurd became famous for producing movies like The Terminator, Aliens, and Armageddon. But these days, she’s better known as the producer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Now, she’s producing Hunters for Syfy, and she told us why it’s her most political show yet.
A team of astronomers is proposing a new way to hunt for intelligent life that sounds rather obvious when you think about it: We need to be the aliens. Or at least, we need to put ourselves in their shoes and think about where in the sky they can see us.
China is building the biggest radio telescope on Earth. And the country is displacing over 9,000 people to do it.
Back when Aliens was the number one movie in America, Sigourney Weaver took to Saturday Night Live for their 12th season opener, and took part in an Aliens spoof. The skit is... sort of interesting, but the joke on Ripley randomly removing her jumpsuit for no reason is pretty classic.
KIC 8462852 has quickly become one of the biggest astronomical mysteries of the decade. It’ll be months before we have any firm answers on this fitfully flickering star, but astronomers intend to get to the bottom of it. How?