Tag: Astronomy

Astronomers suggest shooting a laser into space to attract aliens to Earth like a ‘porch light’

Science fiction has taught us for decades that when alien arrive on Earth, it’s going to be a bad day for mankind. Those fictional horror stories haven’t deterred some scientists from thinking up ways that we might attract alien civilizations to Earth, and a new feasibility study suggests that we could send a laser beam […]

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NASA is playing a ‘claw game’ on Mars, and it’s even more complex than your local arcade

Scoring a stuffed animal or small trinket from a classic claw game at your local arcade can leave you feeling frustrated and full of rage, so imagine the tension that comes with operating a similar mechanism from millions and millions of miles away. That’s exactly what engineers working with NASA’s InSight lander on Mars are […]

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More mysterious radio signals heard in deep space, and scientists are still baffled

Humans love staring at images of distant galaxies snapped from high-powered telescopes, but sometimes listening instead of looking can yield even more tantalizing hints at what lies beyond. For years now, mysterious radio signals beaming through space have puzzled scientists. Called Fast Radio Bursts (or FRBs for short), these bizarre bursts of energy have no […]

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Planet-sized object 8,000 light years away could be the first alien moon ever found

Spotting a planet orbiting a star 8,000 light-years away isn’t exactly easy, but modern telescope technology has allowed astronomers to accomplish such feats with shocking regularity, especially over the past half decade or so. We now know of thousands of planets that exist outside of our Solar System, but we also know from our own […]

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Astronomers spot a new object orbiting the Sun that supports the Planet Nine theory

There are officially eight planets in our Solar System — yes, I know, Pluto was totally a planet, but not anymore — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something lurking on the edge of our system that hasn’t yet been spotted. Evidence of a still-undiscovered planet, called Planet Nine or Planet X by scientists, has […]

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Hubble just took a brand new photo that will make you feel completely insignificant

We all might be anxiously awaiting the eventual launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — which has been stuck in an endless series of delays thanks to the idiots at Northrop Grumman — but the trusty Hubble is still delivering some pretty fantastic views of the heavens. The telescope’s latest snapshot is a real […]

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