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Saturn and Its Rings Look Truly Spectacular in This Hubble Telescope...

Saturn is ready for its closeup, Mr. DeMille

Pluto Might Have Formed as a Giant Comet, Not a Planet

Can we please just stop second-guessing Pluto and just accept it for what it is?

Branching Out

The latest data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope suggests that the orbits of those stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way may show the subtle effects predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Asni’s Art Blog: Matariki

Happy New Year from New Zealand!

Stop the (parallel) Worlds – I Want To Get Off!

They're expanding everywhere: an infinite series of novels, an endless number of parallel stories, each one populated by people who seem similar to us but whose lives have changed in just one salient way

Asni’s Art Blog: Supernova

The artists who have chosen "Supernova" as their topic, distinctly verge toward the trippy.

AMAZING THINGS You Should Know: Camelopardalid Meteor Shower

You could be among the first to witness a NEW meteor shower.

The Blurry Line Between Science and Science Fiction

Is science killing science fiction? Is science fiction distorting the public's perception of science? Is it possible to write an entertaining SF story AND get the science right? (Or, now we know what it takes to get an astronaut to loose his cool: Dying in space - part of the job. Conspiracy nuts calling you a coward? There ya go!)

“Most Earth-Like” Planet Found Yet…Again. Get used to it, and...

Back in the 1990s I remember reading several articles, concerning different projects, describing how the Hubble Space Telescope had just "discovered a black hole...

Newsflash America: Astrology is Not Scientific!

Astrology is not scientific, even if nearly half of America thinks it might be.

Launch Pad now Open for Applications

A long running astronomy workshop for writers (presented by astronomers who are writers) has opened its doors to applications for a new session. Sign up now!

The NASA Brand Around the World

NASA put men on the moon. No one else has even come close. NASA needs to be supported.

Somewhere to Call Home?

Scientists thought they’d find a pattern very similar to what occurred in our own solar system. In fact, they’ve uncovered a number of surprises that are changing our ideas about how worlds are formed.

Drake on Drake’s Equation

I've seen our knowledge of exoplanets go from nothing to thousands in less than two decades. I'm optimistic that within the next two we'll know if there is life out there.

IAAA Gallery: Steven Hobbs – Visual Explorer

Steven Hobbs encourages us to look to the skies.

ABSOLUTE ZERO: Cool Websites, Very Cool

The IAAA Visions of Mars Gallery

I Hope You See Something I Don’t

The Mars Curiosity rover, with a finite lifetime, is sleeping on the job. I wonder if it dreams. Apparently we've stopped.


What Would You Expect From Amazing Stories? Amazing News, That's What!

Does Science Fiction Kill Interest in Science?

A good number of PhD physicists and astronomers,...are writing marvelous stories humanizing and extrapolating from our latest understanding of real science. Through such stories, science can become exciting and inviting

What’s in a Nova?

There's a new star in the sky, or rather one that's on the order of ten thousand times brighter than it was a few days ago.

IAAA Gallery: Chris Williams – Star Sculptor

Chris Williams has taken an unusual path to artistic expression:  he sculpts astronomical objects out of star stuff (our world and everything in it...

ABSOLUTE ZERO: Cool Sites, Very Cool

Astronomy! Today, in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower and other cool celestial happenings (Comet Ison and lots of planets in the sky) - a...

IAAA Gallery: Christopher Doll – Experience Designer

A newcomer to the Space Art community, Christopher Doll is combining his life-long love of Astronomy and Space Travel with the skills he learned...

Blogging about the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

Quite a few attendees are blogging this week about their experiences at the workshop.  Christian Ready has compiled a list, and will continue to...

IAAA Gallery: Mark A. Garlick – Cataclysmically Variable

Cataclysmic Binary stars (cataclysmic variables) are star systems in which a white dwarf star and a companion star are locked in a dance of...

Please Support the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

Like science in your science fiction?  Like stories set in space that aren't full of errors?  Like to inspire the next generation to pursue...