Astronomers Trace Spiral Structure of Milky Way With WISE

Using data from NASA’s WISE spacecraft, astronomers were able to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy’s spiral arms, by revealing the presence of hundreds of open clusters of very young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms. The image shows the location of […]

'Life Not As We Know It': New Research Shows How Exotic Biology May Be Possible on Titan

Illustration of methane rainfall and lake on Titan. New research suggests exotic forms of life could be possible in this alien environment. Image Credit: Mark Garlick (Space-art.co.uk)/APOD

The search for life elsewhere has long focused on what we are most familiar with on Earth—in other words, “life as we know it,” or organisms […]

Another Look at Fermi’s Paradox

If intelligent alien life is so abundant, then where is it? Image Credit: NASA / HST

Enrico Fermi was a theoretical and experimental physicist known for his work on the first nuclear reactor and his contributions to quantum theory, particle physics, and statistical mechanics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1938 and was […]

On @ The 90: Build the Enterprise—Seriously?

So, the United States can’t even get astronauts into low-Earth orbit, and there is a petition to have the U.S. build a starship? Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jason Rhian

The United States has barely regained the ability to send unmanned cargo to the International Space Station via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and a petition […]

Sci-Fi Writer Ray Bradbury Dies At 91

Ray Bradbury, author of such works as "Farenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" died June 5 at his home in Los Angeles – he was 91. Photo Credit: whitehouse.gov

On Tuesday June 5, 2012, one of the top science fiction writers of the 20th century, Ray Bradbury, died in his home in Los […]