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Want to spot ‘Steve’ the aurora? Here’s how to do it

There’s a never-before-studied aurora gracing night skies around the world, and NASA wants you to try to spot it. The newfound aurora, named Steve (short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), looks like a purple light with some green features.  Scientists think that Steve likely appears when charged plasma from the sun hits the Earth’s...CONTINUE READING

A NASA spacecraft that hunts for alien worlds will soon run out of fuel

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been peering deep into the Milky Way galaxy for nearly a decade. It has spotted over 2,500 confirmed planets orbiting distant stars, and over 2,500 more possible worlds are waiting to be confirmed. Thirty of these confirmed planets live inside their host stars’ habitable zones, places where liquid water could exist...CONTINUE READING

Stephen Hawking’s fitting final role: How he literally became the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One thing has gone unmentioned in all the eulogies for Professor Stephen Hawking, who died this week at the age of 76. Sure, he was a physics legend whose calculations forever changed how we view time, the universe and everything.  But he was also a hoopy frood who really knew where his towel was. SEE...CONTINUE READING

Scott Kelly’s DNA changed in space, but that doesn’t mean what you think it means

If a flurry of news coverage is to be believed, a year in space can really wreak havoc on your DNA. According to some press reports this week, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA changed by 7 percent because of the year he spent living above the planet on the International Space Station. Kelly himself even...CONTINUE READING

Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson’s full interview with Stephen Hawking

On the March 4 episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, the astrophysicist did an interview with theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.  On Wednesday, after news of Hawking’s passing, National Geographic published the commercial-free episode in full on its YouTube channel.  It’s a delightful discussion, covering questions Hawking would ask Isaac Newton, time travel, and, naturally, his...CONTINUE READING

Cambridge University shares an affecting tribute to Stephen Hawking

After Stephen Hawking earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1965, the celebrated theoretical physicist went on to do his finest work in roles throughout the university, including as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics between 1979 and 2009.  In the wake of his passing, Cambridge University shared an affecting tribute to Hawking featuring, per its video description,...CONTINUE READING

5 Stephen Hawking clips that’ll make you just a little bit smarter

When Stephen Hawking passed away early Wednesday morning, he left behind a legacy of service to the scientific community through his extensive research and landmark achievements, and to the global community through his embrace of public talks and his frequent willingness to partake in pop culture. Through his books, talks, and interviews, Hawking made his...CONTINUE READING

‘I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die’: Some of Stephen Hawking’s most inspirational quotes

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76. The legacy he left will always be remembered. In this video, we’ve compiled some of his most famous and inspirational quotes. Read more…More about Space, Mashable Video, Inspiring, Physics, and Quotes html template by responsive html template mobile

Stephen Hawking wants his most famous formula engraved on his tombstone: Here’s what it means

In 1974, long before Stephen Hawking was the famous cosmologist he became, he developed his most influential theory.  That concept, which came to be known as Hawking radiation, explained how energy and even matter could escape the immense gravitational pull of a black hole. On Wednesday, Hawking died at the age of 76, but his...CONTINUE READING
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