Simulating stars’ sounds to reveal their secrets

“A cello sounds like a cello because of its size and shape,” said astronomer Jacqueline Goldstein. “The vibrations of stars also depend on their size and structure.”

Sunrise video still from Hideto Shimizu in Japan.

Nature in Japan: Time travel

Hideto Shimizu hiked many miles across the mountains of Japan to capture the images in this gorgeous 90-second video. He wrote: “I hope it delivers you the feelings of the places I photographed.”

Was moon created from proto-Earth magma?

A new study suggests that our moon formed from a splash of magma when a large object crashed into a proto-Earth covered in a fiery ocean.

The strangest crab that has ever lived

Meet Callichimaera perplexa, the platypus of crabs. It’s a 95-million-year-old extinct species that, scientists say, will force us to rethink the definition of a crab.

Today in science: Neil Armstrong’s close call

On May 6, 1968 – more than a year before his famous first moonwalk – Neil Armstrong narrowly escaped disaster during a training exercise, at the same time demonstrating the right stuff.

Space rock hit moon at 38,000 mph

It was a flash of light seen on the edge of moon during the total lunar eclipse of January 20-21, 2019. Now astronomers have analyzed this meteor strike, the first ever filmed during an eclipse.

Red star feeding black hole accretion disk, with wobbling jets coming from the hole.

Black hole’s gravity seen tugging on nearby space

“We were gobsmacked by what we saw in this system. It was completely unexpected … It tells us a little more about that big question: ‘How did we get here?'”

Listen to 1st-ever recorded marsquake

On April 6, NASA’s Mars InSight lander captured the 1st-ever audio of a likely “marsquake.”

Universe’s 1st type of molecule found at last

Scientists have detected the 1st type of molecule that ever formed in the universe – a combination of helium and hydrogen called helium hydride – in a planetary nebula near the constellation Cygnus.

Rain over Asia foreshadows intense California heat

When heavy rain falls over Southeast Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean, temperatures in California’s Central Valley will reach 100 degrees F (38 C) in 4 to 16 days, says a new study.