1. Astronomy

    How a 19th century astronomer can help you watch the total solar eclipse

    Astronomer Maria Mitchell’s observations of total solar eclipses from more than 100 years ago hold tips that are still relevant for watching an eclipse.

  2. Life

    During a total solar eclipse, some colors really pop. Here’s why

    As a solar eclipse approaches totality and our eyes adjust to dimming light, our color vision changes. It’s called the Purkinje effect.

  3. Space

    A new image reveals magnetic fields around our galaxy’s central black hole

    Astronomers have captured polarized light coming from the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, giving insight into its magnetic fields.

  4. Planetary Science

    Titan’s dark dunes could be made from comets

    Saturn’s largest moon could have gotten its sands from an ancient reshuffling of the solar system. If true, that would solve a long-standing mystery.

  5. Space

    ‘Space: The Longest Goodbye’ explores astronauts’ mental health

    The documentary follows NASA astronauts and the psychologists helping them prepare for future long-distance space trips to the moon and Mars.

  6. Space

    Did the James Webb telescope ‘break the universe’? Maybe not

    There’s no need for strange new physics to explain anomalously bright, massive galaxies seen by JWST, Hubble data suggest.

  7. Planetary Science

    The desert planet in ‘Dune’ is plausible, according to science

    Humans could live on the fictional planet Arrakis from Dune but (thankfully) no giant sandworms would menace them.

  8. Planetary Science

    Odysseus’ historic moon mission comes to an end

    Odysseus downloaded data from all payloads before going to sleep February 28. The cold lunar night proved fatal to efforts to reawaken the lunar lander.

  9. Astronomy

    JWST spies hints of a neutron star left behind by supernova 1987A

    Signs of highly ionized atoms in dusty clouds at SN 1987A’s explosion site suggest a powerful source of X-rays — likely a neutron star — lurks within.

  10. Space

    The first U.S. lunar lander since 1972 touches down on the moon

    Odysseus, the first spacecraft to land on the moon since NASA’s Apollo 17, ended up tipped on its side but it appears to be operating OK.

  11. Planetary Science

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx nabbed over 120 grams of space rocks from asteroid Bennu

    After being stymied by two stuck screws, NASA finally accessed a trove of Bennu asteroid bits. Mission scientist Harold Connolly tells what’s next.

  12. Space

    How to build an internet on Mars

    Future Red Planet inhabitants will need new ways to connect, including improved relay networks and an offshoot internet.