Answer quickly: Who is the Roman god of the dead? It’s Pluto, right?
Yes, and no. Pluto is a Roman god of the dead, but it turns out that he’s not the only one.
Pluto was inspired by the Greek Hades, who had the nickname Pluton. The Romans also recognized an Etruscan god of [...]
Today, astronomy is proving itself to be literally brilliant. The Hubble space telescope has used the gravitational lens created by a cluster of galaxies to obtain images of yet more galaxies, at an even greater distance – 12 billion light years away.
An image of a much smaller, but equally exciting object in [...]
Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson submitted H.R. 2617, a bill that would, if passed into law, create a new National Historical Park – on the Moon. It would be called the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park.
Can we do that? Doesn’t a National Park by definition have to be [...]
Despite the many dangers and deprivations inherent in such a journey, large numbers of people have applied to join the mission to colonize Mars. Tens of thousands have entered their names as candidates for Mars One. [...]
A map, using the Solar System Simulator v4.0, showing where the spaceship carrying Curiosity is today, in relation to Earth, Mars, the Sun and the rest of the planets in the Solar System. [...]
Fascinating questions, and answers too, are provided by the scientists of the Spitzer Space Telescope on the show Ask An Astronomer. [...]
The place for humans to inhabit would probably be along the planet’s zone of permanent dawn, where the rays of Glieselight are low enough to avoid causing excessive heat. Plants, if they’re edible, could grow to remarkable size in such conditions. [...]
A Catholic conference’s concern with confirming the literal truth of the Bible’s ancient model of the universe comes across in such promised lectures such as The Biblical Firmament: Outer Space is Not Empty. [...]
The apparent change of shape could come as the object rotates in space, or as the astronaut’s craft moves in relation to the object. The light in the last frame does look an awful lot like the reflection of sunlight off a piece of metal. [...]
As large numbers of people joined SETI at Home, there was a feeling that an extraterrestrial signal might be found at any time. That was almost 10 years ago. [...]