NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center released this pretty neat animation back in 2012, which shows how light streaming up from inside the sun through its many layers. Did you know that the light that shines on our Earth takes some 40,000 years to travel through the sun's layers? I did not, and now I am amazed.
This GIF shows a fast-paced light show on the north pole of Saturn, as captured by the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope in April and May of 2013. The images was just now released by the ESA.
Researchers at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) posted a short video on their Facebook page, showing a "small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma" as it "shifted back and forth before erupting into space."
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has just captured another Pale Blue Dot image while orbiting Saturn. The difference is that, in this view, unlike the one from July 19, 2013, that featured Earth, the blue orb is Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. So that tiny dot hanging out there in the blackness of space is…
What you can see above are two articles from a Hungarian alphabet book, called Ablak-Zsiráf (Window-Giraffe), first issued in 1971—the year Apollo 14 and 15 landed on the Moon and when the third Soviet moon rocket exploded 51 seconds after liftoff during a test flight.
When you're looking for alien life, the best place to look is somewhere like Earth; the only place we know of that life exists. Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star, is the best bet we've ever found.
The remnant of an aging star and a strikingly bright newcomer form this amazing cosmic engagement jewelery, brought to you by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) today:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not often that we can watch a rocket launch video like the one below. Arianespace released an utterly amazing video a few days ago, and I have never seen any footage like it.
Later this month, a NASA spacecraft will get one last chance to solve the mystery of the strange "horizon glow" seen on the moon. Scientists think the glow is caused by tiny particles of moon dust catching the sun's ultraviolet rays, becoming electrically charged, and then shooting upwards. But they don't know for…
Saturn's moons are full of surprises, and a team of researchers monitoring the Cassini spacecraft think that a body of water the size of Lake Superior is one of them. The lake is hiding beneath the surface of the icy moon Enceladus. And it may be the best place to find alien life in our solar system.
For the first time ever, astronomers have identified a small planet with a ring system. They previously thought that such a phenomenon could only happen on large planets like Saturn and Jupiter. But this special space rock, known as 10199 Chariklo, is a small planet called a Centaur.
Astronomers just announced the discovery of a dwarf planet that trumps Sedna as the object in our solar system most distant* from our sun. However, what's potentially more interesting is what the planet's orbit suggests: another giant, rocky world at the far edge of our Solar System.
The Z-2 suit is the newest prototype in the Z-series, NASA's next-generation spacesuit platform. After creating the Z-1 prototype, the U.S. space agency wants you to get involved to the development process, because they have three quite different design concepts—and, some times, professionals need a little help from…
Rob Ketcherside, a hardware and software program manager in Seattle, has a truly amazing photo series hiding on his Flickr page. The photographs I am talking about were taken by his grandfather, David C. Cook, in Pavilion No. 32— called "Kosmos"—at the All-Russia Exhibition Center in Moscow. And I am very glad that I…
According to very real and totally verifiable scientific research, we might live in a multiverse. No, really. The same research that revealed the first-ever direct evidence of Big Bang inflation earlier this week also suggests the presence of alternate universes.
I know you all loved "The Most Detailed Saturn V Cutaway" on Io9 a few weeks ago, because, of course, that was amazing. But hey, here is a little something from me to all of you, who adore her majesty.
A team of astronomers peering through Chile's Very Large Telescope just realized that HR 5171 A, a massive star in the Centaurus constellation, is actually twice as big as previously thought. They already thought it was pretty big—but it's actually the biggest yellow star they've ever seen.
What you see above could have not happened, as far as astronomers know. The Hubble space telescope has photographed this never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid. The observed space object has fragmented into several smaller pieces—which is common when comets approach the Sun—but the process has never been observed…
Rocket hardware is always awesome eye candy, no matter what country is sending stuff into space. Awesome, and, well, sexy. You know what I mean. I like the rockets with the boom. Just look at all these pretty space-bound asses.