NASA reveals largest batch of earth-size, habitable-zone planets around a single star

February 22nd, 2017|

What a time to be alive! NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

The discovery sets a […]

Send your friends an envelope of the night sky

July 28th, 2016|

You might not be able to give your BFFs the world, but at least you can send them the starry night sky.

Japan Trend Shop is selling envelopes that contain entire galaxies inside them. Once your friend neatly opens the package and removes its contents, have them look inside. As light enters the envelope, the constellations light […]

Underside view of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it approached the International Space Station

December 30th, 2015|

During STS-114 (the first “Return to Flight” Space Shuttle mission following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), the rendezvous pitch maneuver was performed by Commander Eileen Collins shortly before docking with the ISS at 11:18 UTC on July 28, 2005, when Space Shuttle Discovery was photographed by Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John L. Phillips, […]

A green plot of zinnias is growing inside International Space Station.

December 26th, 2015|

It’s starting to look a lot like springtime on the International Space Station. There’s a small garden of zinnia plants spreading their green leaves inside the VEG-01 mini-greenhouse, way up in orbit around Earth.

Astronauts don’t get a lot of access to fresh, green things. Mostly they get mushed-up spinach in a bag. The VEG-01 module […]

Hubble celebrates 25 years of unveiling the universe

April 24th, 2015|

In honor of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary on Friday, NASA representatives on Thursday unveiled an official celebratory image.

The image captures a section of Gum 29, a region of vigorous star birth around 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina. The glittering cluster you see is called Westerlund 2, and it’s made […]

How to create Easter space eggs

April 6th, 2015|

Over at Dream a Little Bigger, Allison Murray created a fun tutorial that teaches you how to make easter eggs covered in tiny galaxies and other comsic phenomena using acrylic paints, sponges, and a little ingenuity. Learn more here.

Spectacular images of Typhoon Maysak captured by the ISS

April 2nd, 2015|

Impressive images have been captured by the International Space Station of the super typhoon Maysak.

The astronauts aboard the ISS caught the enormous eye of the storm while crossing over the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Custom Glass Planets Containing the Cremated Remains of Loved Ones

March 31st, 2015|

Merry Coor produces ethereal designs from cremated remains within custom glass beads. Coor crafts each bead by hand, first melting glass into a round bead, then spiraling the design out of ashes on top, and finally sealing the design with an outer layer of clear glass.

For each bead she not only requests a 1/2 teaspoon of […]

Van Gogh’s Starry Night Made From Pics Of Real Galaxies

March 12th, 2015|

This is a collaboration piece between Vincent Van Gogh and astrophysicist Alex Parker. Van Gogh painted Starry Night, then Alex recreated the piece using pictures of real galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The astronomer, whose speciality is exploring the asteroids and proto-planets of our solar system, downloaded Hubble’s Top 100 Images to create this […]

Meet Zeus, the blind owl with stars in his eyes

March 2nd, 2015|

Meet Zeus, a blind Western Screech Owl with some pretty incredible eyes! Zeus was found injured in Southern California after it flew into the wall of a house and hit its head.

After a quick vet visit and a clean bill of health, the owl has found a permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in […]