Space

NASA

Tonight, a Star Will Disappear Over New York City

It's the first time in known history that something like this could be viewed by so many people.

NASA

A World of Water, Seen From Space

Space agencies across the planet launch the most ambitious plan yet to understand how the world's water works.

NASA / ISS

An Astronaut's View of the North Korean Electricity Black Hole

Power cuts make the dictatorship virtually disappear at night.

Why the Aurora Borealis Was (Briefly) Visible in the Contiguous U.S.

An ongoing geomagnetic storm is sending shimmering waves of light deep into North America.

NASA

China's Air Pollution Is So Awful You Can See It From Space

NASA captures a 750-mile trail of haze on camera.

Associated Press

India Can Send a Rocket to Mars and Fight Poverty at the Same Time

Critics say the country is wasting money on its new satellite. But funding space research is what birthed the lucrative tech industry in the first place.

World View Enterprises

A 'Discount' Option for Space Travel?

World View Enterprises brags about its "affordable" $75,000, 2-hour trip 19 miles above the Earth's surface.

Ford

How Robots in Outer Space Are Influencing the Cars of the Future

If engineers can build bots that can land themselves on Mars, surely they can produce less sophisticated systems for our vehicles.

Reuters

The Strange, Sad City of Baikonur, the World's Gateway to the Heavens

It is from this remote community in southern Kazakhstan that humans first sent a satellite, an animal, and a person into orbit. But it didn't get an MRI machine until 2011.

Andrea Danti/Shutterstock.com

Super-Large Asteroid QE2 Approaching Earth Today; Time For Doom-Mongering!

Earthquakes! Buildings knocked over! Wrangler jeans spontaneously combusting! What will (not) happen in your city?

Dramatic Photographs of Alaska's Erupting Volcano, as Seen From Space

Turns out, it's hard to get a good picture of an eruption, which makes these shots all the more remarkable.

A Map of the Entire Universe

The Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was young.

All the Cities Photographed From the International Space Station

If your hometown's been shot by astronaut/prolific shutterbug Chris Hadfield, it's probably viewable on this interactive map.

AES/Gingin Observatory

The Pan-STARRS Comet Finally Pops Up in North America

People from Oklahoma City to New York will get to gawk at the fuming iceball at last, which could be bright enough to see with the naked eye.

Shutterstock

The Gender Psychology of Losing Your Car in a Parking Lot

It happens to the best of us. But men may be better at finding their way straight back to the right spot.

Rachel Fritz/Rick Nolthenius/NASA

Huge Fireball in the Sky Shocks San Francisco

One witness said "it looked like we had seen the International Space Station come down."

Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump: The LEGO Version

We will all remember where we were the moment a man dove back to Earth from the edge of space, landed on his face and was carried away by a shrieking bird.

The Trick to Building a Space Elevator

We've got the physics all worked out. The catch is finding a cable that could stretch from the earth's surface into orbit without breaking.

Reuters

How Huntsville Breeds Rocket Scientists

Rocket scientist Tim Pickens on his city's culture of scientific discovery.