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How Can We Hear The Stars?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

When astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her eyesight, she thought she'd never succeed in astronomy. Eventually, she discovered a way to hear the stars.

5th 'Mars Mission' Simulation Ready For Launch In Hawaii

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:34:00 -0500

Starting Thursday, six people will spend eight months in a dome on Mauna Loa volcano to study what living on Mars might be like. The mission is co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii and NASA.

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:49:00 -0500

Cernan flew in space three times, took the second American spacewalk, and was just as thrilled to walk on the moon as if he had been the first to do it.

WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket, Months After Blast

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:31:00 -0500

The private space company's Falcon 9 rocket is bearing 10 satellites into orbit. SpaceX's launch came months after a blast wrecked its most recent test.

Travel To The Moon With David Bowie (360° Video)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

See panoramic views of a trip to the moon in Skunk Bear's latest video. It's a journey that spans David Bowie's long career — and his greatest hits serve as the soundtrack.

Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:55:00 -0500

If it happens, it would be the first time such an event was predicted by scientists. They say two stars in the constellation Cygnus will eventually merge and explode.

NASA Faces The Unknown In Preparing For Trump Administration

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:08:08 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has not provided many specifics about what he plans to do with NASA. But private companies are expected to take a bigger role in space travel in the coming years.

Mystery Radio Waves Are Coming From A (Dwarf) Galaxy Far, Far Away, Scientists Say

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:41:00 -0500

The discovery provides our first "glimmer of understanding" about the unexplained, strong waves. Scientists don't think they're from aliens, but they're puzzled by what could be causing them.

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:26:00 -0500

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

How Will The Universe End?

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:02:00 -0500

We've come to the end of our series contemplating the universe. Scientists think the end of the universe will look kind of cold and grim, unless they are all wrong — which is totally possible.

Astronomers Seeking Planet 9 Hope To Soon Catch A Glimpse

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:27:00 -0500

Scientists will search the sky Thursday for an undiscovered planet in the outer solar system — they're pretty sure it's out there, and computer models tell them where to look.

Scientists Ponder Whether Our Universe Is The Only One That Exists

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:11:00 -0500

We like to think our universe is unique but if there can be one, then why not more? Some thinkers worry that pondering the so-called multi-verse is more like philosophy, not science.

What Is The Universe Made Of? Scientists Respond

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:59:00 -0500

All this week, we've been contemplating the great mysteries of the universe. Scientists really only understand about 5 percent of what the universe is made of.

Is The Universe Infinite?

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:01:00 -0500

Morning Edition is asking questions about the universe, part of an effort to put things in perspective. We hear from scientists who ponder what shape the universe has and whether it is truly infinite.

Vera Rubin, Who Confirmed Existence Of Dark Matter, Dies At 88

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:15:00 -0500

The astrophysicist's groundbreaking research on spiral galaxies provided evidence of invisible dark matter. She was a pioneer in an era when women were excluded from many astronomy programs.