On Sunday night at 11:24 p.m. PT, the CME shot out of the sun's northwest limb (around active region 1794) at about 715 miles per second, or about 2,574,000 miles per hour. NASA considers that rate "a fairly fast speed" for this event.… Read more
Over a 25-year career, multi-platinum rock band Barenaked Ladies built a dedicated fanbase on the strength of such memorable singles as the Billboard No. 1 smash "One Week," "Pinch Me, "Brian Wilson," "If I Had $1,000,000," and "History of Everything" -- the theme song for the hit CBS series "The Big Bang Theory."
The Canadian rockers are currently celebrating their silver anniversary with the release of their 12th album, "Grinning Streak" (which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200) and their much-acclaimed "… Read more
A team of scientists has discovered three potentially habitable planets in an area just beyond our solar system's back yard.
According to a press release by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) today, the astronomers found a group of six planets in the vicinity of a star known as Gliese 667C, at least three of which were termed "super-Earths" because conditions could support liquid water. … Read more
Supermoons can tend to get doomsdayers revved up.
Besides being a remarkable sight to behold, the massive moon also comes with the mythical stigma of causing a handful of natural disasters, including earthquakes and tsunamis, floods, typhoons, and cyclones.
And, this year's supermoon is quickly upon us. It will be shining its light next weekend on June 23. On that day, the moon will appear bigger and brighter, and be closer to Earth than it's been all year -- a total of 221,824 miles away, which is roughly 30,000 miles closer than when it's at … Read more
The people of Gliese 526 are waiting for news of Earth.
They may or may not exist, and they may or may not want to invade our planet once they learn about us. But a project to crowdsource and send messages to them wants to try to make contact anyway.
Google has started to bring a bit more clarity to underwater viewing in its Earth and Maps platforms. The Web giant rolled out a sneak preview over the weekend of improvements that armchair explorers of the briny deep can expect to find when investigating the world's oceans.
Not only is the resolution of the photos in Google Earth and Google Maps going to be far superior to imaging in the past but also more details about the seascape will be provided, such as ocean charts and depth. To get this data and information, Google has been working with NOAA'… Read more
Physicists can sometimes feel neglected.
Not always the party types, their lack of screen presence makes them seem weird, peculiar, and other-worldly.
Famous actor and renowned non-Scientologist Will Smith intends to narrow that gap. He knows that physics is the core of human life.
How can I make such a provocative statement?
Well, because I just read an interview he and his son Jaden gave to New York magazine, one intended, I think, to promote their new movie "After Earth."
In it, Smith boldly goes where few actors have gone before in declaring: "At heart, I am … Read more
NASA announced this week that a key piece of gear on its Kepler space telescope has run into trouble. And though the space agency hasn't given up on a jump-start, the mission may well be at risk.
It's already gone far beyond its planned duration, however, and presented us with many fascinating discoveries.
In this gallery, we take a look back at that mission -- at Kepler's intriguing quest to find Earth-like, life-friendly planets among the Milky Way's many stars.
A giant asteroid will pass by Earth on May 31, according to NASA, but hold off before you start browsing survival gear on Amazon.
The 1.7-mile long asteroid, labeled 1998 QE2, will come within 3.6 million miles of Earth, or about 15 times the distance between our planet and the moon. It's a golden opportunity for astronomers, who plan to extensively image the temporary visitor.… Read more