Seeking a distant pale blue dot
The James Webb Space Telescope has an ever-expanding timeline—and projected cost.
Introducing the High-Definition Space Telescope
Like, can we even do that?
But the end is fast approaching.
TESS will give us a new view of our galactic neighborhood.
James Webb is now slated for a 2021 launch—only a bajillion years late.
But our days of massive exoplanet dumps may be numbered.
Or just watch pretty planets swirl by
What is going on with my moon?
Throwing shade on Earth's telescopes
Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions.
It defied the odds to discover thousands of planets.
This Mars-sized exoplanet is a big deal
It has to do with a surprisingly hazy atmosphere.
New Horizons scientist Leslie Young discusses what to expect from the flyby on Tuesday, and the 28-year wait leading up to it
Naming new worlds is a confusing mess
You can't see it—but Hubble can.
Orbits are getting a bit less mysterious.
Seeing is believing
Teaming up to explore the galaxy with an AI assist.
The right kind of chemistry can lead to some strange sorts of worlds.
The closest potentially habitable planet has an intriguing interior
The company's open source AI software is an armchair explorer's dream.
And you thought this summer was hot
Scientists directly imaged two embryonic exoplanets 370 light-years away.
Now we wait for the rest of the cosmos to catch up
Three of them may be habitable
Polar opposites of Earth
The spectacular scope launches in 2019.
The ancient Lyrid meteors have never failed to amaze us.
A new study shows us why we may want to rethink how we search for extraterrestrial life.
As black as day.
And it could provide a glimpse into our planet's future
And its clouds may be made of gemstones
Don't pack your bags yet
So close we might even be able to measure its wind speeds, GJ 1132b is a very important exoplanet
Planets are basically just giant dust bunnies.
And TESS is just getting started.
It's close, but you won't want to visit.
The latest addition to the exoplanet freakshow
Giant planet orbits three stars at once
A sky full of super-Earths
New Horizons will soon find out what's up with MU69.
In the December 1980 issue of Popular Science, a 38-year-old theoretical physicist answers the ultimate question about the universe.
New high-res images from New Horizons reveal a very blobby space rock.
A 'Forbidden planet' defies odds and thrives under inhospitable conditions.
There's another 1,327 on the waiting list
Fifty times the size of Jupiter.
It could be the largest moon we've ever seen
With scorching temperatures day and night, WASP-43b ain't no place to live.
You can't come up with the names, but you can choose from several IAU-approved titles
Houston, we have a ringer
They grow up so fast
To find habitable worlds in a sea of space data, we need computers that can think fast
Life needs a stable climate.
If you're looking for a planet that might support life, our handy flowchart can help you choose the least deadly space rock.
Here's the whole collection
With a view 100 times larger than Hubble's, the WFIRST scope could discover thousands of exoplanets and millions of galaxies
Now to figure out if it has liquid water. Or an atmosphere.
Just a pale blue dot.
Some of them might even be friendly to life
What we learned at a space conference that puts inclusivity first
NASA announced the nine astronauts selected for its Commercial Crew program.
A potentially habitable world only 4.2 light years away
TESS is blasting off on Wednesday night.
Our best guess for what it would take to get to planets that are really, really far away.
Earth isn't flat, but this strange world might be.
Scientists catch a Neptune-style orbiter by its very long tail
Don't call it 'Arrakis'
It's surprisingly lacking in heavy elements
There's still more to explore after Pluto.
Plus baby wolves
Even partial eclipses can be exciting.
But it's not aliens.
Happy birthday to the best space telescope ever! Love, PopSci.
NASA has been understandably stingy with the last of its pristine samples.
Lunar exploration started as an adventure, now prospectors also see dollar signs in that smiling cheese.
But for now, these cool exoplanet posters are the best the agency can do
Plus a sneak-peak review of the first 49 minutes of the film
You are getting verrry sleeepy
Team announces a new batch of suspected exoplanets
Scott Kelly's got some competition
Explore the architecture of the universe
This summer, the mission may get funding to travel to a mysterious rock at the edge of the solar system
You can basically read fanfiction about them
Not quite ready for takeoff
Should we go? Can we afford to go? All this, and more.
Instead of hosting planet-friendly dust, Proxima Centauri spews radiation.
After a long trip, OSIRIS-REx gets down to business.
Jocelyn Dunn survived in a Mars simulation for eight months without going crazy. Here's what we can learn from her experience.
Imagine the space-scuba diving potential
Humankind's greatest adventure lies beyond the sun
Not all scientists are happy about recent Discovery mission picks