Space debris sent the International Space Station is sent into a higher orbit Wednesday, missing a close encounter with wayward detritus.

The International Space Station (ISS) was forced into a higher orbit on 10 November, as debris closed in on the orbiting outpost. Calculated orbits for the space junk showed…

The Geminid meteor shower is coming 13 December, and planets are lining up — literally — for this magnificent display!

The Geminid meteor shower will be visible on the night of 13 December, providing skygazers a chance to witness one of the year’s most dazzling displays of shooting stars.

In addition, this performance will be joined by dazzling contributions from a trio of planets.

Through most of the month…

Seeing Uranus in November offers amateur astronomers a chance to view this planet as it reaches its brightest.

Five planets were known to ancient people — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn danced in the night sky against the backdrop of “stationary” stars. …

SPT0311–58 is the most massive galaxy known in the ancient Universe, and now astronomers believe they may have found water there...

Astronomers at the ALMA network of radio telescopes recently announced the possible discovery of water in another galaxy 12.88 billion light years from Earth.

This signal was seen in…

Could M51-ULS-1b be the first world found outside the Milky Way galaxy? We examine the evidence for what could be a historic discovery.

Scattered throughout our local neighborhood of the Milky Way Galaxy, more than 4,500 exoplanets orbit their stars, cataloged in the tomes of worlds known to the astronomers…

Would aliens eat humans (or other life on Earth) following the unexpected arrival of extraterrestrials on Earth?

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often considered to be the first work of science-fiction, but a handful of tales of aliens are found before her time. One of the earliest of these involve war…

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