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Watch ISS’s newest module expand

Astronauts in orbit aboard ISS spent more than 7 hours on Saturday filling the new BEAM module with air. Check out this 25-second timelapse.

Image via NASA

SDO peers into huge coronal hole

A NASA animation from May 17-19, 2016 shows a coronal hole in our sun’s hot outer atmosphere, or corona. Should we be scared?


Four mini-Neptunes orbiting in lock step

For every three orbits of the outermost planet orbiting the star Kepler-223, the second planet orbits four times, the third six and the innermost eight.


Life ingredients in Rosetta’s comet

It’s “the first unambiguous detection of glycine at a comet” and supports the theory that the building blocks for life came to Earth from outer space.

Artist's concept of primordial black holes, via NASA.

Is dark matter made of black holes?

What if if dark matter consisted of a population of black holes similar to those detected by LIGO last year? A new study analyzes this possibility.

This artist’s impression shows a possible seed for the formation of a supermassive black hole. Two of these possible seeds were discovered by an Italian team, using three space telescopes: the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope. Image via NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

Clues to birth of supermassive black holes

Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how these monster black holes are born.


Best close-up of Pluto’s surface

The most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015.

Image via NASA

Solar storms key to life on Earth?

Energy from our young sun – 4 billion years ago – helped create molecules in Earth’s atmosphere that allowed it to warm up enough to incubate life, says study.

Crowd watches Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 1969

Today in science: Kennedy’s moon speech

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a stirring speech to a joint session of Congress declaring his intention to land humans on the moon with a decade.

Path of 2017 total solar eclipse, via Fred Espenak.

Total eclipse of sun: August 21, 2017

First total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. since 1991 (seen only from part of Hawaii), and first visible from contiguous U.S. since 1979. Start planning now!