Beautiful photo shows white dwarf stars moving away from a star cluster

Like a celestial Rorschach test, I can see so many things when I stare at this wonderful photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s like static on a TV. Or like a crowded future city lit by buildings stacked on buildings. But what it really is is even cooler: it’s the first time pictures have been taken of… » 5/14/15 8:20pm 5/14/15 8:20pm

Video: Imagining how beautiful cities would look without light pollution

It’s easy to remember how big the universe is when you can just stare up at the night sky and find an uncountable number of stars and see every color of the cosmos staring right back at you. But it’s not like that anymore. Now we’re surrounded by city lights of our own creation and hiding the rest of the universe… » 4/21/15 11:41pm 4/21/15 11:41pm

This time lapse of the Sun is just jaw dropping

Michael König's Sun is a spectacular time lapse compilation of our star from the Solar Dynamics Observatory from 2011 to 2015. It includes fantastic clips of solar activity, coronal rain, plasma eruptions, planet flybys, eclipses and more in jaw dropping clarity that you feel like it's alive, in an omnipotent God-like… » 4/08/15 12:26pm 4/08/15 12:26pm

Add Extra Stars For Better Gmail Sorting

Stars are a time-honored way of flagging and highlighting emails, but you can supercharge their functionality in Gmail by adding up to 11 alternatives on top of the original. From searches to quick links, these extra stars can give you more control over your inbox and how it's organized. Here's how to get them added… » 1/23/15 11:29am 1/23/15 11:29am

Awesome time lapse shows the Earth turning and not the stars

This is so cool. Usually time lapses show the night sky of stars moving around Earth but we know that's not true, it's Earth that's moving and rotating and turning. Photographer Lance Page made this time lapse to represent our Earth turning by making the camera move along with the North Star. That way we see our world… » 1/07/15 12:36am 1/07/15 12:36am

You Can Discover New Planets with a DSLR 

Wouldn't it be cool to discover a planet circling a lonely star light years away from Earth? Maybe you'd even get to name it. Actually exploring deep space is hard, but as IEEE Spectrum's David Schneider points out, detecting exoplanets is pretty simple, simple enough that a basic DSLR and a telephoto lens can do it. » 12/15/14 11:42am 12/15/14 11:42am

Astronomers discover farthest stars in the mysterious Milky Way halo

A team of astronomers led by John Bochanski has found the farthest stars in our galaxy in the mysterious Milky Way halo, a rare discovery that may change our understanding of the formation of our galactic home. They're so far away that, if you took a photo of the Milky Way from their orbit, it would look like the… » 7/10/14 11:22am 7/10/14 11:22am

New Hubble trick will change our perception of the observable Universe

Scientists have found a way to use the Hubble Space Telescope as an extremely precise galactic tape measure, multiplying our previous capabilities by 10. This increase will result in a more accurate understanding of the size of the observable Universe. plus new insight into the mysterious force known as dark energy. » 4/10/14 9:44pm 4/10/14 9:44pm

I wish stars really left these mesmerizing star trails in the night sky

It's not fair. Time lapses and fancy cameras get these fantastic images of star trails that paint a starry night onto the sky and yet when we look up, we see nothing. Even when the stars are glistening, we don't get to see the mesmerizing hook of its trail spinning around us. Wouldn't it be awesome if night looked… » 2/24/14 10:17pm 2/24/14 10:17pm

Here is what Earth looks like from Mars

Yeah, I can totally see it! How can you miss that? It's right there. Clear eyes, full Earth, can't miss. Wait, really? No of course not. Anyone who tells you that is either a liar or a hawk. Earth looks incredibly tiny up in that Martian sky. Sure, if you squint hard enough and fake it long enough, you'll spot it the… » 2/06/14 9:14pm 2/06/14 9:14pm