Rumors are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighboring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century.
The astronomical map you see here doesn’t depict stars, it shows galaxies—1.2 million of them, to be exact, a new record for astronomers. This extraordinary new 3D scan of the universe provides yet more evidence that a mysterious substance known as dark energy is likely causing the universe to expand at an…
Three hundred and twenty light years away in the Centaurus constellation sits one of the strangest planets humans have ever laid eyes on. It’s four times as massive as Jupiter and orbits twice as far out as Pluto—around one of its three suns.
People are generally wrong. So don’t be afraid to stand out on your own with your own crazy theory on how this here world and the universe around us exists (let’s not get too conspiracy crazy though). Here are 5 ideas that were totally crazy at the time but actually turned out to be right. Like how the Earth is round…
A map of the known universe to a constant scale would either be very big, or very useless. But use a logarithmic scale to compress the distances as you travel outwards, and you get this gorgeous and slightly Eye-of-Sauron image.
It can be hard to get your head around the long and complex history of the Universe. But this new timeline by Slovak graphic designer Martin Vargic does a wonderful job of describing the last 13.8 billion years of space—and what might happen in the next 10 billion, too.
The EAGLE Project isn’t some neo-Nazi project to bring a cloned Hitler to life; rather, it’s trying to simulate a universe inside a supercomputer. Yes, it’s exactly as complicated as it sounds.
I woke up today and had already seen this stunning video of space before I even saw it in real life because I’m 100% sure it was created in my dreams. It wasn’t, it was rendered in the 3D simulation program Space Engine. But seriously, this digital recreation of space is what every kid imagines when they look up at a…
Previously, Kurzgesagt attempted to explain where all the aliens are by touching on The Fermi Paradox. This time around, the video explainer comes up with some possible reasons for why we haven’t found any aliens yet. We might be communicating with them wrong. They might be extinct. Maybe our technology isn’t there…
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…
Could there be a mirror universe, where everything is backwards – and everybody has goatees? How badly do you need to bend the laws of physics to make this happen?
A team of cosmologists is creating an enormous map of how dark matter is distributed across the Universe—and this is the first section to be completed.
Photographer Navid Baraty doesn't need the Hubble Space Telescope to roam the Universe capturing amazing pictures. He just needs a scanner, glasses, cream, salt, or anything he can find in his kitchen to obtain these cool images of invented galaxies and planets.
Remember that time when you first realized that the Universe was an incredibly gigantic place, when you felt humbled and fortunate at the mere thought of existing in this vast cosmic arena? Listen to Professor Tom Burns, of Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of Perkins Observatory. He still feels that way.
The visual effects team that made Gravity look so God damn great is planning to "tell the story of the universe," using Magic Leap's augmented reality technology to create an immersive live show next year.
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. I read his books and watched the movies adapted from his books—Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 is a must watch—but I've never heard him talk. This video illustrates the audio from a 1974 interview where he shares his thoughts about science and the universe.
It's been a long time since I craved a computer program, but now I want Space Engine so much that I'm ready to buy a PC just to be able to immerse myself in it. Developed by Vladimir Romanyuk, Space Engine is a complete sandbox simulation of the Universe with mind-blowing graphics. Check this out:
The myth: You can't fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough—and enough energy—you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years. Seriously.
Pour yourself a whiskey and think about this before going to sleep tonight: "What you perceive as a conscious perspective is actually a bunch of little particles banging into each other and swerving around based on the same rules that form stars, nebulae, and black holes...
You're looking back in time. A long, long, long way back in time. This is an image of a star exploding just after the Big Bang happened.