Category: Space

What will happen if you travel at light speed? [Interlude]

What will happen if you travel at light speed? [Interlude]

Going at light speed is impossible. Speed is thrilling to human beings – there’s no denying. This has been the case ever since the wheel was invented and speed was no longer determined by the strength...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Going To Flip, Here’s How We Know

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Going To Flip, Here’s How We Know

Scientists think that about 500 million years ago, Earth’s core solidified, turbocharging our magnetic field. This would have allowed the atmosphere to hold more gas, in part shielding early life from powerful solar rays...

The Little Dipper: Host of the North Star

The Little Dipper: Host of the North Star

Ursa Minor, though, is almost entirely represented by the Little Dipper. The handle forms the Little Bear’s tail, and the dipper’s cup forms its flank. The most famous star in the Little Dipper is Polaris,...

The (Cosmological) Axis of Evil

The (Cosmological) Axis of Evil

We orbit a typical star, in a typical spiral galaxy, in a typical branch of a typical supercluster. Our planet and its evolutionary leap to intelligent beings could’ve occurred in any old spot around...

Chinese Experiment Reaches Space Station in Historic First

Chinese Experiment Reaches Space Station in Historic First

A Chinese experiment is now on the International Space Station (ISS), having reached the orbiting lab Monday (June 5) aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. The experiment will be installed on the U.S. side of...

How Do Scientists ‘Weigh’ Stars?

How Do Scientists ‘Weigh’ Stars?

Stars are enormous balls of hot gas located many trillions of miles away, but when they’re observed from the Earth, they appear as tiny shining dots visible in the night sky. In a new...