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  • September 29, 2015
    Higher res version HERE. This is a composite shot created by photographer Mike Mezeul II of Sunday's blood moon lunar eclipse moving across the Dallas skyline. Beautiful, isn't it? It's hard to believe there's a planet so close to us. "The moon is not a planet." The moon i... / Continue →
  • April 1, 2014
    This is an artist's impression of the asteroid Chariklo. It is the first known asteroid with a ring system, sporting two distinct rings. Me? I don't wear rings, but I do wear a puka shell necklace. *throws up shaka hand sign* Surfs up, hobo brobro! "You've f***ing lost it... / Continue →
  • March 20, 2014
    This is a video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson discussing Sir Isaac Newton that's been slowed down to give him the appearance of being higher than a space kite. That's pretty much me all the time, except I'm not stoned, my brain just works slow. Plus all the nerves in my face melted ... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2013
    These are two pictures taken from the Hubble Space Telescope showing what astronomers believe to be a previously unseen kind of space object. It's described as 'a rotating asteroid with six comet-like tails'. I describe it as a spaceship. One that's going to come rescue me t... / Continue →
  • July 10, 2013
    This is the Starry Lights lamp designed by Anna Farkas. It projects accurate constellations on the ceiling and comes in four different models (based on the way the stars appear during different seasons): vernal equinox, summer solstice, autumnal equinox and winter solstice. A... / Continue →
  • April 30, 2013
    In news that's sure to excite everyone except people who aren't super into Doctor Who, astronomers have just announced the discovery of a planet very similar to Gallifrey, the home world of Doctor Who and the Time Lords. Well hot damn. ♫ My bags are packed, I'm ready to go, I... / Continue →
  • February 14, 2013
    There are some insane sun pictures taken by greeting card designer/self-proclaimed space cowboy (interesting combo) Alan Friedman IN HIS OWN BACKYARD. In my backyard? *peeking out curtains* My roommate passed out in his boxers. Oh -- here comes company! (It's a raccoon) Us... / Continue →
  • January 3, 2013
    Scientists at the Keck Institute for Space Studies are cooking up a plan to capture an asteroid and place it in our moon's orbit so it can have a little satellite of its own. Cute! Basically the idea is to send a specially designed spacecraft to go bag a tiny asteroid (like, ... / Continue →
  • December 28, 2012
    This is a short video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson cutting a rug at some party to Michael Jackson's 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'. He's a surprisingly good dancer. Don't get me wrong, I'd still destroy him in a dance-off, but it wouldn't be my easiest win (and may require a pock... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2012
    Astronomers have discovered what they believe is a five-planet solar system orbiting Tau Ceti, a star with very similar luminosity to our sun. And one of those planets is the proper distance away from its sun "to sport mild temperatures, oceans of liquid water, and even life." ... / Continue →
  • November 27, 2012
    Mimas, left, Tethys, right. Remember when scientists discovered a Pac-Man hiding in Saturn's moon Mimas when viewing the satellite with a thermal imaging camera? Well look out world, because Saturn's moon Tethys has one too. My moon? My moon has a scar that looks like a flow... / Continue →
  • November 16, 2012
    Astronomers believe they may have just spotted the furthest galaxy ever, a little cluster named MACS0647-JD (his parents must have really hated him), between the Big and Little Dippers. That's right, like THE furthest one. What's beyond it? The restaurant at the end of the g... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2012
    Happy Carl Sagan Day. It's his birthday -- he would have been 78 today. So go read 'Cosmos'. Then watch the TV series. Then go read and watch 'Contact' (the movie with Jodie Foster). Or just read the quote above, 'The Pale Blue Dot', in reference to the photo Voyager 1 too... / Continue →
  • October 25, 2012
    Seen here looking nothing like the alien spacecraft that comes to beam me up for my annual enema, the UFO spotted by amateur Kentucky astronomer Allen Epling is seen hovering in the sky. I think it might just be a plastic bag. According to CBS affiliate WYMT-TV, Epling, pictu... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2012
    Alpha Centauri is the closest star to earth besides our sun. It's four light-years away. That's the distance light travels in four years. In the grand scheme of the universe, that's not very far, but it would still make for a really long road trip and you'd probably wind up ... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2012
    Astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR suns. My parents? My parents have two sons -- Frank and I. Frank is the good one. The distant world orbits one pair of stars which have a second stellar pair revolving around t... / Continue →
  • September 28, 2012
    This is a collaboration piece between Vincent Van Gogh and astronomy student Alex Parker. Van Gogh painted Starry Night, then Alex recreated the piece using pictures of real galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. I wonder what it was like getting to work with such a fa... / Continue →
  • September 7, 2012
    Did you know earth is that small compared to the sun? Oh you did? Well did you know earth really isn't that close to the sun? You knew that too, huh? Well excuse me for trying to educate, Mr. Smarty Pants. MASSIVE SOLAR ERUPTION!: This "long filament of solar material," a... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2012
    A new solar system (full disclosure: actually billions of years old) with two planets orbiting twin suns has been discovered. It's not the first planet discovered to be orbiting two suns, but it is the first system with MULTIPLE planets orbiting twin suns to be found. Outersp... / Continue →
  • August 17, 2012
    According to a recent study published by space-scientists (astronomists? I've been drinking), our sun is the most perfectly spherical naturally occurring object in the known universe. And here I've been all along thinking it was pool balls. STUPID STUPID STUPID. Science, de... / Continue →