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Asteroid to Pass Earth in One of Closest Ever Encounters

An asteroid, dubbed 2023 BU, is set to pass over the southern tip of South America just after midnight GMT on January 26, 2023. The space rock is about the size of a minibus and might approach as close...

The Ancient Greek Philosopher Who Believed in Aliens

Did the ancient Greeks look up at the night sky and ask "are we alone?" As it turns out, ancient Greek philosophers also asked this existential question. One such philosopher, Anaxagoras, proposed that alien life might exist on the...

Astronomers Find the Most Distant Stars in Our Galaxy

More than 200 RR Lyrae stars—distant variable stars—have been found by astronomers in the Milky Way's stellar halo. Over a million light-years separate us from the furthest of these stars. This is roughly half the distance to our nearest...

Winter Solstice Brings Longer, Brighter Days Ahead

The peoples of the world, or at least those in the Northern Hemisphere, look forward to the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year but brings hope for longer, brighter days ahead. After the passage of six...

Aliens Haven’t Contacted Us—No Signs of Intelligence on Earth

Aliens haven't contacted earth because there is no sign of intelligence on Earth, a recent paper has concluded. Our planet is too primitive to be of any interest to advanced extraterrestrial species; thus, aliens' search for intelligent life will...

The Ancient Greek Stars Lighting Up Our Night Skies

Since the beginning of time, people have turned their eyes to the sky and discerned the shapes of animals and objects in the stars.

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

The wise men were likely accomplished astrologers, watching the stars for signs of a king’s birth. Technical terms used in the Bible’s description point to a real astronomical event that could explore the origin of the star of Bethlehem.  By...

Scientists Create Black Hole in Lab, and It Started to Glow

Scientists created a lab-grown black hole that began glowing after simulating an event horizon to test a Stephen Hawking theory. A group of scientists created an analog for the black hole in a laboratory by analyzing the properties of the...

The Mystic Allure of the Space Observatory Atop a Greek Mountain

Up on the slopes of central Greece stands a planetarium and observatory of unparalleled educational value to the area and beyond.

Star in Distant Galaxy “Eats” its Companion

The stars in the distant galaxy of our Milky Way are their long-term committed relationship with each other. Yet, there is one star astrologers and scientists have identified that likes to eat its companion. Unlike the lonely sun, the...