Stars tell stories, guide explorers, and help scientists talk about the galaxy.
It doesn't take much to enjoy nature's fireworks.
Glance at the stars, glance back in time.
Look up! You could see two meteors each minute in the evening hours
The annual event peaks on Thursday
A Gallery Of Photos Curated By The Person Who Made Most Of Them
NASA will attempt to launch the unmanned capsule again on Friday morning
A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.
Otherworldly desktop backgrounds.
The show should peak around midnight on Tuesday on both U.S. coasts—and everywhere in between
In our galaxy, but still far, far away
Short on budget, the Space Launch System reportedly doesn't have a game plan
Megapixels: Binary stars are at the heart of this celestial crustacean.
Calling all astronomers, stargazers, and Neil deGrasse Tysons!
The agency is “years away” from building a replacement
Hubble Telescope will investigate further
Giant planet orbits three stars at once
It's an explosive detective story.
It could be the largest moon we've ever seen
But does it come with a complementary breakfast?
In person...or via livestreaming video
Scientists predict a new star will be born in a massive cosmic collision
What is the solar wind, anyways?
In the December 1980 issue of Popular Science, a 38-year-old theoretical physicist answers the ultimate question about the universe.
The ancient Lyrid meteors have never failed to amaze us.
But that's okay, because it still doesn't mean anything
A sky full of super-Earths
The family isn't close.
Fast Radio Bursts have an origin story—and we're closer to learning what it is.
Spying on spies in the skies
The journey to Mars, told in GIFs
And you thought this summer was hot
They grow up so fast
Happy birthday to the best space telescope ever! Love, PopSci.
The first time we've caught a baby black hole in action.
A glimpse into the birth of solar systems
The traveller (maybe from another star) didn't stay long and it's moving away fast
If it's not delayed again, that is.
But the end is fast approaching.
The right kind of chemistry can lead to some strange sorts of worlds.
A beautiful new image of the aptly named Bubble Nebula
A slew of new startups are vying to serve the booming market for small satellites by launching small rockets more frequently and cheaply
Fifty times the size of Jupiter.
Short answer: a time machine
Shower your friends with meteor facts.
The evidence is right in front of you.
Or the lack of a plan, rather
A spinning neutron star
"Seeing color in a nebula from a garden in San Francisco? That's pretty cool."
It contains a whopping 665 million pixels.
Popular Science goes way back
You are getting verrry sleeepy
NASA's second attempt to fly a capsule that could take us to Mars was a success
It doesn't yet have the sleek design of SpaceX's Crew Dragon, but it's still pretty epic
A new way to make sure spacecraft are safe
It just passed a pressure test with flying colors
7 vehicles that will carry humanity into orbit and beyond very soon
The story of heroic fasteners that will get us to the moon and back.
Budget and scheduling constraints could put astronauts at risk
Their dream jobs just became a reality.
These are the magnetic fields of the Magellanic Clouds
One of these could be your next president
How much are you willing to pay to become an astronaut?
The #SpotOrion hashtag tracks the capsule's journey to a comic convention
Shelter in space
Museums are looking to the past for inspiration.
Exclusive photos of the capsule and rocket that could carry humankind to Mars
Orbiting laboratory could pave the way for a landing party
Show up swole to the Martian surface
The Space Launch System could carry astronauts as soon as 2019
Lockheed Martin will build a deep space habitat inside a space shuttle cargo container.
There's a good reason why all of today's manned spacecraft look pretty much the same
It's not all glamour and spacewalks, but it is rewarding.
If you can make it here, you'll make it anywhere
Astronauts could call one of these home sweet space-home
Some science grinds to a halt when the government shuts down.
A 2024 mission is pretty unlikely.
There's something weird happening around a faraway star.
The next big step towards sending humans to Mars
These lucky CubeSats will ride on the maiden voyage of NASA's Space Launch System
The top 7 explanations for the star's weird behavior, ranked roughly in order of plausibility
Observatories all over the world caught a new kind of collision.
Now astronomers want to know: what makes a star a star?
All eyes are on Florida's Space Coast.
Short answer: They create a beautiful swirling mess.
The mystery around KIC 8462852 probably isn't aliens, but might not be comets either
Astronomers still have no clue what's causing this star's weird behavior
An astronomer's scathing blog post explains why a flurry of comets is not a likely explanation for this star's weird behavior
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder where you went
Now we wait for the rest of the cosmos to catch up
This star is breaking all the rules
Naming new worlds is a confusing mess
Its dying gasps could reveal what makes stars go out with a bang
Three of them may be habitable
But they get along just fine
So hot right now.