What If We Nuked The Sun?

Imagine, if you will, a world without conflict. Peace reigns supreme across all continents, no more fighting, no more killing. Doesn’t that sound nice? Food and drink for everyone, a place to live for all. Utopian, sure, but it is nice to think about! But there’s one big problem with a world like that: all […]

How Large is the Universe?

The universe has long captivated us with its immense scales of distance and time. How far out does it stretch? Where does it end, and what lies beyond the star fields and the streams of galaxies that extend as far as telescopes can see? These questions are beginning to yield to a series of extraordinary […]

Scientists Just Fit Our Universe in a Box…Wait What

This is the universe in a box. Dark matter, supermassive black holes, galaxies, stars, magnetic fields—our universe, trapped in a cube. Well some of it, anyway. What this really is is our most advanced simulation of the universe and its evolution ever. This very impressive feat is the result of a project called Illustris—The Next […]

Betelgeuse Is Dimmer Than We’ve Ever Seen It

Over the last weekend, astronomy Twitter started noting that the red giant Betelgeuse, the prominent shoulder of Orion was looking visibly dimmer in the sky, and I had a few people reach out to me and ask me if it was really happening and if I knew what was going on. This is exciting, of […]

What if Earth Was Hit by a Giant Solar Flare?

[♪ INTRO] Every now and then, you’ll hear a story on the news about a new solar storm. They happen all the time, but they’re usually not intense enough to affect Earth beyond some neat light shows around the poles. But sometimes, they can be really powerful, and they have the potential to wreak all […]

First Results from the Probe That Went to the Sun

[♪ INTRO] The Sun is a pretty big deal. It affects pretty much everything that happens here on Earth as well as all the other planets in the solar system. But in some ways, we know shockingly little about what the Sun is actually like. Now, that’s about to change, thanks to the first results […]

Solar probe touches the sun

(mysterious music) – [Narrator] The sun has sustained the earth, and fascinated humans since the beginning of time. And as our understanding of physics, and our space technology have advanced, so too, have scientists tried to tackle more questions about the sun, and its effects on the earth. On baffling matter has to do with […]

SFN Launch Week; China’s Role in Space; 1st Contest Winner!

Hello Space Fans and welcome to another edition of Space Fan News. This has been a big week for launches: the United Launch Alliance sends up another ISS cargo supply rocket from Cape Canaveral that included some science experiments; Russia sends two more crew members to the International Space Station; and China launches its first […]

How Close Are We to Launching the James Webb Space Telescope?

And liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope. Before the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990, we didn’t know how old the universe was. We had never seen a planet outside of our solar system. We didn’t even know about dark energy! Hubble taught us a lot, but it can only […]

Could Asteroid Mining Fuel Deep Space Travel?

If we want to colonize space, we have to figure out how to generate a large supply of life sustaining resources. The most important being water. The good news is, traces of water have been detected throughout our solar system. And asteroids may hold the most accessible abundance of water that we know of. There […]