Kim Stanley Robinson Tells Us An Alien Contact Scenario That You've Probably Never Thought About

We’re excited to colonize space—but are we really prepared for what we may found out there? Author Kim Stanley Robinson talked with us about some of the things that may come up as we move out into the cosmos—and the big hurdle we still have yet to clear to get to that point in the first place. »9/24/15 8:20pm9/24/15 8:20pm

The entire planet seems shrouded in one aurora in this space video

I would never get tired of looking through the cupola of the International Space Station, which is how I imagine Darth Vader's Death Star bedroom window. Astronaut/Captain America Reid Wiseman used it to record this great clip of an aurora. It makes Earth look like a magic green marble—or a palantir. »9/30/14 10:48pm9/30/14 10:48pm

Incredible photo of the Milky Way rising over green and violet auroras

A long exposure photo by masterful Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand is featured once again on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day: Double aurora ovals—green and violet—over the town of Östersund, Sweden, with the Milky Way covering the entire sky. What an awesome world we live in. »9/09/14 11:10pm9/09/14 11:10pm