But we're not quite ready to trash general relativity.
Fast Radio Bursts have an origin story—and we're closer to learning what it is.
The Event Horizon Telescope peered into the Messier 87 galaxy.
Wednesday was a big morning for astronomers.
But more importantly, we know a bit more about why the galaxy is the way it is.
But where is this stellar river heading?
Conventional wisdom has it that aliens should be either everywhere, or nowhere. A new model suggests they can be both.
Our neck of the universe is not such a flat space after all.
They're called “supermassive” for a reason.
It contains a whopping 665 million pixels.
The Large Magellanic Cloud isn't just a pretty satellite galaxy—it's also a future threat.
A new study shows us why we may want to rethink how we search for extraterrestrial life.
Looking at the stars takes you back through time. All the way to the beginning.
Stars tell stories, guide explorers, and help scientists talk about the galaxy.
Astrophysicists measured all of the lights.
Our solar system is just a tiny speck in the Milky Way.
A galactic near-miss.
Capturing a meteor shower takes serious photographic skill, but the results are worth the effort.
Shower your friends with meteor facts.
Step one: realize we're not alone.
Our planet's personal space heater is incredibly efficient.
The Gaia satellite charts stars like never before.
Younger galaxies appear flatter than their more well-rounded elders
Also in space: A neighborhood of black holes, a new (and old) reason to study Venus' clouds, and the end of the Lunar XPrize.
What's the matter with dark matter?
It's just plane confusing.
It doesn't take much to enjoy nature's fireworks.
All that glitters is a neutron star collision.
But it's not aliens.
An incredibly luminous snack.
The family isn't close.
A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.
Here's what it would take to survive this particular doomsday prophecy
Scientists just switched on the Event Horizon Telescope
Sadly it's not walkable
Home is where you hang your pressurized helmet
Each of these dots marks a galaxy
Seeking a distant pale blue dot
Let it shine
You can see your house from here
A spectacle previously thought impossible
Get your glow from a galaxy far, far away
It's not a black hole or a worm hole, however
Now we wait for the rest of the cosmos to catch up
A map and a tweet-meet brought new findings to light
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder where you went
Are your molecules lefties or righties?
Will this generation be the last with a clear view of the stars?
A new kind of space weather
Thanks to a new world-spanning algorithm
This summer, the mission may get funding to travel to a mysterious rock at the edge of the solar system
Are we made of interstellar stuff?
Hubble spots the most distant galaxy yet
The original baby boomers
What does that mean for the search for alien life?
There's something weird happening around a faraway star.
Seeing is believing
These are the magnetic fields of the Magellanic Clouds
Plus, a harbor seal photobombs the Milky Way
Two holes in one!
The ghost of stars past
Scanning a million nearby stars, the 'Breakthrough Listen' project will be the world's biggest hunt for ETs
Pluto is just the beginning
Introducing the High-Definition Space Telescope
This Mars-sized exoplanet is a big deal
It was a neighboring galaxy, in a cluster, with the rope
A long time ago, this galaxy formed far, far away
Dead stars do tell some tales
A Gallery Of Photos Curated By The Person Who Made Most Of Them
New research clears the reputation of these distant signals
A quantum quandary
The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life
Short answer: They create a beautiful swirling mess.
If you're looking for a planet that might support life, our handy flowchart can help you choose the least deadly space rock.
With no plans for future upgrades, the telescope faces a fiery end
Luckily for us, nothing like this is actually happening nearby.
Don't pack your bags yet
In 2015, 11 telescopes will link up to see the Milky Way as it's never been seen before
Calling all astronomers, stargazers, and Neil deGrasse Tysons!
Happy Carl Sagan day! Celebrate with this blast from the past in the pages of Popular Science
Meet the pioneer of what might become balloon-based space tourism
Is he a supervillain?
The curious culture on the ground at a rocket launch press junket
The journey to Mars, told in GIFs
And should colonists on Mars be allowed to eat each other?
Skyping with Mars.
3D printing our way to the year 2050
In the December 1980 issue of Popular Science, a 38-year-old theoretical physicist answers the ultimate question about the universe.
It's time to return to our hellish neighbor.
Submarines and rovers will go for a dive on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn
Can gardens help astronauts go farther?
What we know about the mysterious life cycle of a black hole.
There go our hopes of nuking an apocalyptic asteroid.
Shooting for the stars.
More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?
But CEO Bas Lansdorp says the study used bad data.
Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.