What if the entire planet had it’s own flag? A scientist proposes that as we explore space, the Blue Marble flag should be used as a symbol for the citizens of Earth.

By Eric Moyer and Gina Riggio Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program Since humanity’s first journey off the ground, advances in space exploration and aviation have been a fierce competition among nations on the international stage. Sanjoy Som writes in READ MORE

Detecting Distant Planet Atmospheres From Afar Recent research on exoplanet GJ 1132 b that revolves around a M-dwarf star has discovered an atmosphere with traces of compounds existing on Earth

By Nandita Hari Guest Contributor Humans have always been fascinated with the vastness of the universe and its hidden truths. For ages we have tried to explore and study the sky. The earliest study of the sky involved using the READ MORE

Using The Big Bang As A Ruler Cosmologists use baryon acoustic oscillations to map distances as the universe expands

Baryon acoustic oscillations, an artifact remaining from the Big Bang, can be used by scientists to measure cosmological distances regardless of how the distances are changing. Soon after the Big Bang, the beginning of our universe, all of the matter READ MORE

An Interstellar Asteroid Just Flew Through Our Solar System Scientists are guessing the origins of an interstellar asteroid visitor they detected speeding through our solar system

An asteroid recently came blazing through our solar system and it appears to be an interstellar visitor. The asteroid, dubbed A/2017 U1, would be the first interstellar object ever to be observed within our own solar system. A/2017 U1 caught READ MORE

What Protects Exoplanets from Damaging Solar Flares? Simulating different models to understand which factors affect an exoplanet’s ability to sustain life during high-energy stellar events.

By Alexander Adranly Thanks to NASA’s Kepler Mission, over one-thousand potentially habitable exoplanets have been discovered to-date, orbiting around their respective stars. An exoplanet refers to any planet outside of our solar system. The discoveries of these worlds are a READ MORE

A New Field of Science: Space Pasta and Nuclear Crusts Astromaterial science studies nuclear pasta and Coulomb crystals in neutron stars

A new field of science is born – astromaterial science. First mentioned in today’s paper, this scientific field studies materials of astronomical objects that are denser than materials commonly found on Earth. Scientists, M. E. Caplan and C. J. Horowitz, READ MORE

Gravitational Waves from A Neutron Star Merger Shake the Earth and Astrophysics The LIGO/Virgo gravitational wave detection on Oct 16 leads to major leaps in understanding of astrophysics.

Big News! Astrophysics receives a gift. Interferometers at LIGO and Virgo detected gravitational waves coming from two neutron stars merging. This detection not only supports Einstein’s theory of relativity, but also teaches us even more about astrophysics that we didn’t know before.

The Sleeping Giant in a Small Town A supermassive black hole, 17 billion times the size of our Sun, was found in a small galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in the middle of nowhere. This nearly record-breaking supermassive black hole is in the center of a small galaxy cluster, which is a small town by universe standards. At READ MORE

Chasing Alien Worlds with a Flying Telescope SOFIA is the name of a telescope that flies in the stratosphere to collect data that is unimpeded by the Earth's atmosphere

The airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a flying observatory aboard a modified Boeing 747 that takes infrared astronomy readings at approximately 41,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. It recently observed a mini-eclipse of the extrasolar planet named READ MORE