How big is the Universe, explained in a way you will easily understand

The Royal Observatory of Greenwich, England, has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: What's inside a black hole, how do we know the age of the sun—did you know the Sun weighs 4,000 trillion trillion hippopotamuses?—and how big is the Universe. » 3/24/14 8:12pm 3/24/14 8:12pm

The Earth Was Almost Fried Back in 2012

A massive solar storm in July 2012 was more intense than thought—and it blasted right through the Earth's orbit. Luckily for us, we were on the other side of the sun, thus missing the chaos completely. But if that storm had hit this beautiful little blue marble in space? "The solar bursts would have enveloped Earth in… » 3/19/14 12:00pm 3/19/14 12:00pm

New Solar Satellite Uses Pigment Found In Prehistoric Cave Paintings

The European Space Agency's new solar satellite will be partially shielded using a bone-based pigment found in prehistoric cave paintings. The result will be a surreal cross between the earliest era of human cognition and creativity—that underground cinematic world of flickering animal images found in European… » 2/12/14 12:20pm 2/12/14 12:20pm

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

From microscopic coral to massive planets, the natural world is full of beauty on a scale that can only be seen with the aid of a microscopic or a telescope. Announced today, the winners of the 11th annual International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge—sponsored by the journal Science and the U.S. … » 2/06/14 2:00pm 2/06/14 2:00pm

NASA shows you the Sun like you've never seen it before (in colors!)

This video is for all the times you've been told not to look at the Sun (hopefully you listened and never did). But unlike other videos of the Sun, this one shows the Sun like you've never seen it before: in different colors. That's because it's made from data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and reveals… » 12/19/13 12:23am 12/19/13 12:23am

A Doomed Comet Hurtling Toward the Sun

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), launched in 1995, stares mostly at . . . yeah. The sun. But when its instruments are trying to image other things near the sun, all that light gets kind of overwhelming. So sometimes instruments on the SOHO just block the sun out and turn their attention to other things.… » 10/27/13 8:00pm 10/27/13 8:00pm