The Mars Express Delivers Truly Epic Views of The Solar System’s Biggest Canyon

The Mars Express Delivers Truly Epic Views of The Solar System’s Biggest Canyon

The biggest known canyon in the Solar System is getting the star treatment in new images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter. As it whooshed by in Martian orbit, the spacecraft captured a pair of gouges in the planet’s surface that make up part of the Valles Marineris, a system of canyons known … Read more

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

A newly discovered star is so close to our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole that it completes an orbit in just four years. That’s the shortest orbit yet for one of the stars looping around the Sagittarius A*. It’s an oval-shaped journey around the black hole that brings the star to orbital velocities over 2.5 … Read more

New Image of Mars Reveals a Crater Eerily Similar to a Huge, Creepy Eye

New Image of Mars Reveals a Crater Eerily Similar to a Huge, Creepy Eye

A new image snapped by a spacecraft orbiting Mars could be enough to give one Lovecraftian nightmares. Far below the camera of ESA’s Mars Express, a large, city-sized, unnamed crater gapes on the surface of the red planet, smears of dark material making it appear like an enormous eye gazing out to the stars. Yet … Read more

Astronomer’s Mind-Blowing Animation Shows The True Scale of Our Solar System

Astronomer’s Mind-Blowing Animation Shows The True Scale of Our Solar System

Sometimes it takes an animation on Twitter to truly understand – or at least begin to understand – the amazing diversity of worlds making up our Solar System. Enter planetary astronomer James O’Donoghue from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Hey tweeted out a brief animation that starts off with the Ceres dwarf planet, and … Read more

Gigantic Asteroid Is About to Skim Past Earth, NASA Says

Gigantic Asteroid Is About to Skim Past Earth, NASA Says

A gigantic “potentially hazardous” asteroid that may be twice the size of the Empire State Building is set to zoom past Earth Thursday (April 28), according to NASA. The asteroid, named 418135 (2008 AG33), has an estimated diameter between 1,150 and 2,560 feet (350 to 780 meters) and will break into Earth’s orbit at a … Read more