160,000 light years away, the Tarantula Nebula houses many young, hot stars. But the weirdest is probably the “over-contact” binary named VFTS 352 whose two huge, hot surfaces are touching as they dance rapidly around. Whether as a gamma ray … Continue reading
Mars is a world long imbued with possibilities. At the end of the 19th century, the Italian astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli, noted markings running down the planet. He connected them in a vast global network. He imagined they were immense structures … Continue reading
On Oct. 28th, 2015, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will zoom past in excess of 19,000 mph, sampling the water plume emanating from its south pole. The instrumentation will be looking for signs of habitability on the icy world.