Latest The Universe Stories
Somewhere in the Milky Way, a massive old star is about to die a spectacular death. As its nuclear fuel runs out, the star begins to collapse under its own tremendous weight. Crushing pressure triggers new nuclear reactions, setting the stage for a terrifying blast. And then... nothing happens.
Students from across Europe have been selected as the winners of the ESA’s ‘Explore the high-energy Universe’ competition.
New research shows that other sun-like stars in the universe can send off flares much larger than those seen on our sun.
NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos.
A few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way.
The idea of discovering a new form of life has not only excited astronomers and astrobiologists for decades, but also the wider public.
Astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany have discovered a vast structure of satellite galaxies and clusters of stars surrounding our Galaxy, stretching out across a million light years.
Whether you're of a religious background and support the idea of creation, or prefer more scientific theology and put your faith in the theory of evolution, one thing remains certain amongst all: Our Earth has been beautifully made.
The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...
Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.