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  • April 18, 2014
    This is a photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of an unusual object orbiting Saturn at the edge of its A ring (not to be confused with its O-ring, which is Uranus). Astronomers are speculating its a new moon forming, which is already about 1/2-mile in diameter. Me? I'm convi... / Continue →
  • February 26, 2014
    In rare good news, astrobiologists have determined the earth should be habitable for at least another 1.75-billion years. For reference, that's 1.75-billion years minus 50 years more than I care about. The research was led by Andrew Rushby, from UEA's school of Environmenta... / Continue →
  • February 25, 2014
    This is the 4.4-billion year old zircon crystal found in Western Australia. Researchers believe it to be the oldest known piece of earth. How do you explain that, young earth creationists? "Radioactive dating doesn't work." Tell me about it, my last date had laser vision an... / Continue →
  • February 7, 2014
    Note: Larger version HERE, but you'll probably still try to wipe earth off your monitor like a speck of dust. This is a picture of earth as seen by the Mars Rover Curiosity. In case you've been living in a cave with bears for the past year or the name didn't give it away, the... / Continue →
  • January 28, 2014
    This is Van Cleef & Arpels' $245,000 *coughing up tuna salad on rye* Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium, a watch with a 369-piece movement that displays our solar system's visible planets moving around the watch's face in real-time. The shooting star also tells regular... / Continue →
  • December 4, 2013
    This is a video of physics teacher Dan Burns explaining the fabric of space and gravity through the use of a giant piece of stretched spandex and some marbles. I enjoyed watching it. I don't know about you, but I'm a visual learner. Actually seeing something really helps me ... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2013
    Note: Larger shot HERE, but do yourself a favor and go to Flickr to see a 4000px version for all the detail. This is a composite shot of Saturn created by Gordan Ugarkovic using images the Cassini spacecraft took of the planet earlier this month. Beautiful, right? Hard to bel... / Continue →
  • October 10, 2013
    Seen here looking suspiciously like the entrance to a wormhole, astronomers using the Pan-STARRS 1 wide-field survey telescope in Maui, Hawaii, have discovered a gas giant planet 80-light years from earth that doesn't orbit a star. It's just out there floating all alone in the... / Continue →
  • October 9, 2013
    This is the Glow-in-the-Dark White Rockets Flannel Bedding available from Garnet Hill. You can get pillow cases, bed sets and comforter covers with the design. The prices seem reasonable. The only thing unreasonable is they don't make them in a king or I would have already o... / Continue →
  • September 27, 2013
    In a groundbreaking discovery, the Mars Rover Curiosity has confirmed the presence of water on Mars. How much? About two percent of the soil, or two pints per cubic foot. Unfortunately, the water molecules are "bound to other minerals in the soil," so filling a swimming pool... / Continue →
  • September 19, 2013
    And by 'It's uncanny' I mean whoever looked at this photo of Mercury taken by NASA's Messenger probe and thought "HOLY SHIT, IT'S HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE!" is clearly a crazy person. Obviously it's Luke falling after he dove off that antennae tower following his first fight wit... / Continue →
  • July 24, 2013
    This is a shot of earth as seen from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn some 900-million miles away. OH SHIT IS THAT AN ALIEN SPACESHIP POINTED AT US? Earth rarely shows up in Cassini's images because from the spacecraft's perspective, our planet is usually too close to... / Continue →
  • June 26, 2013
    In 'hope for the future' news, astronomers have confirmed three alien planets in the habitable zone (where liquid water could exist) of a nearby star. How close is nearby? Just 22-light years -- that's only like 130-trillion miles! Humans will never set foot on these planets.... / Continue →
  • June 25, 2013
    This is the Cats Are Center of the Universe/ Solar System Cat Fascinator/ Planetary Kitty Hat from Etsy seller NotsoKittyShop. It's a little model solar system your cat can wear on its head, and, God willing, try to paw at and keep slapping itself in the face. This cat fascin... / Continue →
  • May 29, 2013
    This is the earth cake with different colored interior layers baked inside each other by Rhiannon of Baking Adventures. And for the record, I lied in the title, the cake isn't spherical, it's a hemisphere. That was just me being sensational, and sensation, as I'm sure you're ... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2013
    This is a series of artistic renderings imagining what the New York City skyline would look like if it existed in the atmospheres of the other planets in our solar system. I put them in order from closest to furthest from the sun, but in case you forgot, that's: MERCURY, VENU... / 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 →
  • April 24, 2013
    And I would've done the same. NASA, best known for crumpling up my astronaut application and crushing a young man's dreams, apparently took the time out of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers' busy schedules of searching for alien life and taking pictures of dust to draw this gi... / Continue →
  • January 4, 2013
    In news that provides some hope that one day we might actually get off this hellbound planet to go f*** up another one, a research team led by astronomer Jonathan Swift is now estimating the Milky Way galaxy contains somewhere between 100 and 200-billion alien planets, at least... / 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 →