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size of space

Man, space is huge

July 5th, 2018

Size is relative. A carpenter ant is huge compared to a regular ant, but it’s still tiny when compared to, say, your foot. The challenge of adequately describing size is even worse when you start talking about space, which we all know is big, but also happens to be hard to compare to anything else. …

phosphorus in space

Alien hunters just got some seriously bad news

April 5th, 2018

Oftentimes the debate over whether or not we’re alone in the universe boils down to a simple question: How could we be? I mean, with the incredible vastness of the universe and the countless galaxies, stars, planets, and moons out there, it seems like assuming we’re the only ones here would be pretty naive, right? …

cosmic flashes

Something is flashing brightly in deep space and scientists have no idea why

April 4th, 2018

Scientists searching the sky for supernova explosions recently got something they truly didn’t expect. Hoping to observe the long, sustained pulses of light associated with supernovas, the scientists instead saw dozens and dozens of brief, unexplained flashes. Unable to explain exactly what they were seeing, the researchers are now left to come up with theories …