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  • 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 →
  • December 23, 2013
    In news that shouldn't surprise anyone who likes to punish themselves by staring at the sun, our star is beautiful. And I'm not just saying that because without it we wouldn't be here, because I would actually prefer that. This is 'Jewel Box Sun', a video from NASA showing th... / Continue →
  • June 19, 2013
    Note: Worthwhile larger shot HERE in case you want to burn your retinas out. This is a composite shot of our sun showing 365-days worth of solar storm activity. Can you imagine if all those storms had happened at once? I bet we'd lose cell phone coverage. OR WOULD WE ALL PE... / 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 14, 2012
    Give it to me straight, is that where Dr. Manhattan is from or not? A rogue planet with no star to orbit was recently discovered 100-light years away from earth. It's caused scientists to speculate that sunless planets are a lot more common than previously thought and realize... / 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 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 →
  • June 6, 2012
    Because you missed it, here are several shots from NASA's Solar Dynamics Laboratory telescope highlighting Venus' transit of the sun yesterday afternoon/evening. "Where were you when Venus transited the sun in 2012?" people will ask in the future. And how -- how will you resp... / Continue →
  • June 4, 2012
    Tomorrow afternoon (USA time) Venus will cross transit the sun and be visible from earth for several hours. Just make sure to use the old 'poke a hole in a piece of cardboard' trick and watch the shadow on the ground so you don't go blind. Save that for masturbating. Becau... / Continue →
  • June 1, 2012
    Seen here looking suspiciously like Gandalf (cast a healing spell on that shit, bro!), a 69-year old trucker who's had the left side of his face exposed to the sun for 28 years (from the driver's side window) shows off the notable difference in skin texture from the right, norm... / Continue →
  • April 17, 2012
    This is a 5-second (literally, five seconds) time-lapse video of the sun exploding with a brilliant solar flare yesterday (April 16th). It wasn't a particularly strong one, but it is one of the most impressive NASA's managed to catch on tape. The most impressive thing I've ma... / Continue →
  • October 10, 2011
    Note: Full-res version of the solar prominence HERE. Because bounty hunters were getting too close for comfort, Bigfoot has packed his furry ass up and moved to the sun. Aaaaaaand this is the evidence. You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well this one... / Continue →
  • October 6, 2011
    This is a small series of photos of our sun (you and I -- we had a boy together) in the ultraviolet and x-ray spectrums. As you can see, it looks nothing like what it does when you're just staring at it in real life. Then it just looks all orangish-white and your eyes start h... / Continue →
  • October 4, 2011
    There's an epidemic happening in Australia. That's right folks, it's a zombie apocalypse. Just kidding, but a bunch of Australian jewel beetles are humping themselves to death on brown beer bottles. Oh you guys don't get down with the Heineken?! It's a case of mistaken at... / Continue →
  • September 16, 2011
    Yeah? Well I have like, three sons, so there! Scientits (not changing it) using NASA's Kepler space telescope have discovered a planet orbiting two suns by following its shadow as it crossed in front of them. This is the first time a planet with two suns has been officially ... / Continue →
  • May 18, 2011
    I'm mixing two different space-related news stories together for this post. Think of it as combining ingredients to bake something, except, instead of a cake, we wind up with a jumbled mess of WTF. Tasty! First, a "nearby" habitable planet: A red dwarf star 20 light-years a... / Continue →
  • May 13, 2011
    Hoho -- rock-blocked! Should've brought along a wingman to distract the corona! Yesterday, May 12th, a comet, head-over-heels in love with the sun, decided to move in for a kiss (having learned apparently nothing from his brethren that tried the same last year). Unfortunatel... / Continue →
  • March 24, 2011
    WD 0806-661 B, a brown dwarf (artist's rendition, lower right) orbiting a white dwarf (interracial orbiting FTW!) some 75-light years from earth. Shit, pack a picnic and let's go! "GW? You don't actually know how far a light-year is, do you?" OVER 1,000 WATTS! Extra mayo o... / Continue →
  • March 9, 2011
    Unless you've actually seen it like this before, in which case, real cool -- ALIEN! Quick, somebody tase him and I'll restrain him with zip-ties before he starts mind-controlling us! Aaaaaaaand I'm punching myself in the balls. Next time a little faster on the draw, bro. ... / Continue →
  • February 8, 2011
    Note: Worthwhile larger version HERE. This is an animated gif that makes the sun appear 3-D. Also, blue. While interesting, what's even more interesting is the UFO that keeps blinking in the bottom right corner. I suspect they're siphoning off our sun's energy like I do my ... / Continue →