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I know from all the financial ads on TV that you like to plan your portfolio well in advance.
Might I therefore suggest that you keep a vast stack of money for the vacation of several lifetimes in the early summer of 2032?
You see, I don't want to alarm you excessively, but the world might end in August 2032.
Yes, the chances are small -- perhaps 1 in 63,000. But, as they say in lottery ads, you never know.
My mildly alarmist tone comes from hearing that scientists at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in the Ukraine have … Read more
This makes for great video, especially when there's a startled herd of cattle in the foreground.
You never know what you're going to find at the bottom of a lake.
But in the case of Lake Cherbakul in Central Russia, there's a good chance that if it's large and dark, it might be a meteorite.As the BBC reports, several chunks of a meteorite have already been discovered in the lake, but none as big as the 570kg (1,256 lbs.) piece dredged up on Tuesday.
It's thought to be yet another piece from the space object that flamed through the skies in February (video embedded below), damaging a Russian factory and injuring, it's said, 1,000 people.… Read more
Last year, Felix Baumgartner became the real-life version of David Bowie's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" when he took a daredevil freefall from nearly 128,000 feet above the planet's surface. The Red Bull-sponsored Stratos mission kept viewers on edge for nine breathtaking minutes.
It was exciting enough to view the external video of the freefall, but now Red Bull has released a full point-of-view video that lets you experience the jump all over again from Baumgartner's viewpoint.… Read more
We marked the end of an era in manned spaceflight as Endeavour was sent into stately retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in late 2012.
That final journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the museum in California was punctuated with a piggyback ride on a special NASA 747 airplane, a series of flyovers over NASA facilities, 12 miles of winding road through Los Angeles, and the filming of a Toyota truck commercial.
If there was ever a match made in heaven, it was probably Lego and space.
For years, the Danish toy company has turned again and again to the stars for inspiration, producing by one estimate more than 300 different space-related sets.
With those dozens and dozens of sets as a starting point, Peter Reid and Tim Goddard, both huge Lego fans, decided they needed to put their own spin on the genre. And with "Lego Space: Building the Future," they've done just that.
Their new book, which comes out this week, presents a fictional future space society, … Read more
For the first time, astronomers have observed the shattered remains of an asteroid that points to the potential for life in a dying solar system 150 light years away.
The findings, which used data from NASA's Hubble and FUSE telescopes, as well as from the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, were published this week in the journal Science and suggest that the huge amounts of water contained in the asteroid orbiting the exhausted white dwarf star GD 61 mean its planetary system could have contained Earth-like planets.
Astronomers at the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick say this is the first time water and a rocky surface -- two building blocks of a habitable planet -- have been found together outside our solar system.… Read more
NASA may be laying low during the government shutdown, but that doesn't mean a lack of cool space news. A team of researchers from Hawaii has announced the discovery of an "exotic young planet" that is forging its own path in the universe by not bothering to orbit around a star.
The free-thinking planet, the scientists say, is 12 million years old, located just 80 light years from Earth, and sports a mass six times that of Jupiter. It's also extremely red, possibly from embarrassment at being caught naked out in space with no escort.… Read more
If you've never been up to Mauna Kea, the summit of the 13,803-foot volcano in Hawaii is one of the best spots for peering at the heavens.
It also happens to be a great place to record time-lapse videos, as photographer Sean Goebel shows us.