World’s Space Agencies Gather To Tackle Asteroid Threat

World’s Space Agencies Gather To Tackle Asteroid Threat

Feb 05

With a mandate from the UN, ESA and other space agencies from around the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading towards Earth…

Massive Solar Flare Narrowly Misses Earth, EMP Disaster Barely Avoided (Updated)

Massive Solar Flare Narrowly Misses Earth, EMP Disaster Barely Avoided (Updated)

Aug 02

The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States. Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth’s typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there. “The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,” said Henry Cooper, who led strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense…

The Sentinel Mission To Save The Earth

The Sentinel Mission To Save The Earth

Jun 27

Sentinel is a mission of mapping and discovery. Mapping the great unknown of the inner solar system is the first step in protecting the Earth from asteroid impacts and in opening up this next frontier. By observing in infrared, Sentinel will discover more than 20,000 asteroids in just the first month of operation — more discoveries than all other telescopes combined have managed to discover in the last 30 years — and over 6.5 years will locate and follow the trajectories of more than 90% of asteroids larger than 140 meters…

World Economic Forum Ponders Consequences Of Contact With Alien Life

World Economic Forum Ponders Consequences Of Contact With Alien Life

Feb 04

The discovery of alien life or Earth-like planets and the implications to the world was a crucial item on the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum, or WEF, in Davos, Switzerland…

Tour of International Space Station

Tour of International Space Station

Dec 21

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory…

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Dec 07

Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside — a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect. The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment…

NASA’s ‘Seven Minutes of Terror’ (& Carl Sagan)

NASA’s ‘Seven Minutes of Terror’ (& Carl Sagan)

Jul 13

The video is called “Seven Minutes of Terror,” and describes, with the suspense and cinematography of a movie preview, what will happen next month when a one-ton spacecraft launched in November smacks into Mars. “We’ve got literally seven minutes to get from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of Mars, going from 13,000 miles an hour to zero,” Tom Rivellini, a NASA engineer, tells the camera with a grim face and deadpan delivery. “If any one thing doesn’t work just right, it’s game over.” Posted last month on YouTube, the video has succeeded in an area where NASA has a mixed track record: using social media and other tools of the 21st century to whip up interest in space exploration…

NASA Scientists Gather To Ponder Life Beyond Earth

NASA Scientists Gather To Ponder Life Beyond Earth

Jun 30

The growing evidence of wet planets — and its implications in our search for extraterrestrial life — is among the marvels shared this weekend at a Santa Clara gathering of astronomers, astronauts and science fiction fans. The theme of the three-day SETIcon event: the exploration of universe and the quest to find life beyond Earth…

Would Finding Extraterrestrial Life Destroy Religion?

Would Finding Extraterrestrial Life Destroy Religion?

Jun 25

The discovery of life beyond Earth would shake up our view of humanity’s place in the universe, but it probably wouldn’t seriously threaten organized religion, experts say…

Report Calls For International Asteroid Warning System

Report Calls For International Asteroid Warning System

Jun 10

The nations of the world need to work together to develop a warning and communication system that could mitigate the worst effects of a catastrophic asteroid strike, a new report stresses. Such a system would issue international warnings about possible impending strikes and educate the public about the threats posed by near-Earth objects. It also would call government leaders’ and the public’s attention to the scientific value and potential economic importance of asteroids…

Mars One

Mars One

Jun 05

A Dutch company says it will produce the biggest reality show on the planet, centered on a group of humans who colonize Mars. The firm claims that it will put four people on the red planet every two years beginning in April 2023. By 2033, Mars One boasts there will be 20 colonists on Mars…

Big Brothers In The Sky

Big Brothers In The Sky

Apr 06

How many countries have satellites circling the Earth? And how many of those satellites are working, partially working or just bits of junk? This graphic below tells the tale…

Billions Of Habitable Worlds Likely In Milky Way

Billions Of Habitable Worlds Likely In Milky Way

Apr 06

Could there be ‘tens of billions’ of habitable worlds in our own galaxy? That’s the results from a new study that searched for rocky planets in the habitable zones around red dwarf stars. An international team of astronomers using ESO’s HARPS spectrograph now estimates that there are tens of billions of such planets in the Milky Way galaxy, with probably about one hundred in the Sun’s immediate neighborhood, less than 30 light years away…

Huge Asteroid To Fly UNDER Man-Made Satellites

Huge Asteroid To Fly UNDER Man-Made Satellites

Mar 06

A 150-foot asteroid orbiting Earth called 2012 DA14 will pass so close to Earth it will fly UNDER man-made satellites orbiting our planet. Nasa’s Impact Risk report said that the odds of the space rock actually hitting our planet are very low indeed — but on February 15 next year it will pass just 17,000 miles from Earth, closer than ‘geostationary’ satellites…

Audit Reveals Hundreds Of NASA’s Moon Rocks Missing

Audit Reveals Hundreds Of NASA’s Moon Rocks Missing

Dec 09

Researchers have sticky fingers when it comes to NASA’s moon rocks and meteorites, and hundreds of samples have gone missing after being loaned out by the US space agency, an audit said Thursday. “According to NASA records, 517 loaned astromaterials have been lost or stolen between 1970 and June 2010,” said the report.

NASA Launches Giant Rover To Mars

NASA Launches Giant Rover To Mars

Nov 27

A rover of “monster truck” proportions zoomed toward Mars on an 8 1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey Saturday, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet…

Giant Single-Celled Organism Discovered At Bottom Of Ocean

Giant Single-Celled Organism Discovered At Bottom Of Ocean

Nov 27

Researchers returning from an expedition to the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, the deepest part of the oceans, say it is home to single-celled organisms more than four inches long…

Is The End Of The World Nigh?

Is The End Of The World Nigh?

Nov 20

Judging by the run of successful natural disaster films in the past few years, people are fascinated by the idea of the end of the world. In Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, a virus ravaged the UK and beyond; an asteroid was the world-ending threat in Deep Impact and Armageddon; and climate change got a starring role in The Day After Tomorrow. But made-up doomsday tales pale into nothing, creatively speaking, when contrasted with what is actually possible. Look through the lens of science and “the end” becomes much more interesting…

Nassim Haramein: Black Whole

Nassim Haramein: Black Whole

Sep 06

They are some of the biggest questions that baffle humans: how was the universe created? Are we and everything around us somehow connected as one? Why do we have a consciousness and what is its effect on reality? Physicists have spent their careers trying to crack the codes. Albert Einstein came up with the Theory of Relativity to explain creation, gravity, and space-time — but a theory of how everything is unified eluded even him. Building on Einstein’s work, Nassim Haramein developed a Unified Field Theory that unveils a specific geometric array to explain creation and the vacuum that connects all things. Is Haramein the first to make this revelation? Remarkably, Haramein found evidence all across the globe in ancient text and tradition — in Egypt, China and Mexico. He turned to Hebrew scrolls and secret codes to uncover the pattern. Simply put, the evidence has been there for us to recognize for thousands of years…if only we knew what to look for…

Scientists Ponder What Could Happen When Humans Encounter ETs

Scientists Ponder What Could Happen When Humans Encounter ETs

Aug 22

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact”. In their report, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis, the researchers divide alien contacts into three broad categories: beneficial, neutral or harmful…

Jody Foster Helps Save SETI

Jody Foster Helps Save SETI

Aug 12

The SETI Institute’s search for extraterrestrial intelligence is back on track, thanks to more than $200,000 in donations from thousands of fans. Among the contributors are Jodie Foster, the actress who played a SETI researcher in the movie “Contact”; science-fiction writer Larry Niven, creator of the “Ringworld” series of novels; and Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders, who flew around the moon in 1968…

Building Blocks Of DNA Found In Space Meteorites

Building Blocks Of DNA Found In Space Meteorites

Aug 11

The components of DNA have now been confirmed to exist in extraterrestrial meteorites adding weight to the idea that the earliest forms of life on Earth may have been made up in part from materials delivered to Earth the planet by from space…

Experimental Aircraft Can Fly From NY To LA In 12 Minutes

Experimental Aircraft Can Fly From NY To LA In 12 Minutes

Aug 09

The Falcon HTV-2 is an arrow-shaped aircraft that can fly from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes…

TimeScapes: Rapture

TimeScapes: Rapture

Jul 29

Absolutely, over-the-top, amazing…

New Space Telescope To Be Larger Than Earth

New Space Telescope To Be Larger Than Earth

Jul 18

A Russian space telescope conceived during the Cold War is set to launch on Monday. When it reaches an orbit that will extend almost as far as the moon, the RadioAstron mission will sync up with radio antennas on the ground, effectively forming the biggest telescope yet built, with a “dish” spanning almost 30 times the Earth’s diameter…

Movie: Another Earth

Movie: Another Earth

Jul 18

Film synopsis: Rhoda Williams, a physics student at MIT, is driving when she sees a planet and leans out for a closer look. She hits a minivan and kills a family. She is imprisoned for four years, and upon release seeks out the widower of the family, composer John Burroughs. The planet she saw is a mirror planet of Earth, seemingly to the extent that it even has the same people on it, and an essay contest is held where the winner can ride a space shuttle to visit it. Williams considers the possibility of visiting it to find out what kind of life her mirror self would have led…

NASA In Disarray

NASA In Disarray

Jul 03

NASA’s critics say the human spaceflight program is in a shambles. NASA has lots of plans, but it has no new rocket ready to launch, no specific destination selected, and no means in the near term to get American astronauts into space other than by buying a seat on one of Russia’s aging Soyuz spacecraft…

‘Worms From Hell’ Expand Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life

‘Worms From Hell’ Expand Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life

Jun 02

For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons. Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa. The two lead researchers said the discovery of creatures so far below ground, with nervous, digestive and reproductive systems, was akin to finding “Moby Dick in Lake Ontario.”

Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe

Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe

May 31

Today, astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. Taking more than 10 years to complete, the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) also is notable for extending closer to the Galactic plane than previous surveys — a region that’s generally obscured by dust…

Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery

Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery

May 26

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested…

Allen Telescope Array Mothballed

Allen Telescope Array Mothballed

Apr 28

The hunt for extraterrestrial life just lost one of its best tools. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a field of radio dishes in rural northern California built to seek out transmissions from distant alien civilizations, has been shuttered, at least temporarily, as its operators scramble to find a way to continue to fund it…

Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot (Two Versions)

Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot (Two Versions)

Apr 23

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” – two versions…

Video: Terje Sorgjerd’s ‘The Mountain’

Video: Terje Sorgjerd’s ‘The Mountain’

Apr 16

Terje Sorgjerd visited El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, to film this amazing video. According to Sorgjerd, El Teide “is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars”. The mountain is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories…

Quake Moved Japan Coast 8 Feet; Shifted Earth’s Axis; Shortened Days On Earth (Updated)

Quake Moved Japan Coast 8 Feet; Shifted Earth’s Axis; Shortened Days On Earth (Updated)

Mar 27

The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. A new analysis of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan has found that the intense temblor has accelerated Earth’s spin, shortening the length of the 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds, according to geophysicist Richard Gross at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif…

NASA Scientist Claims Evidence Of Alien Life On Meteorite (Updated)

NASA Scientist Claims Evidence Of Alien Life On Meteorite (Updated)

Mar 08

We are not alone in the universe — and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.

That’s the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. Though it may be hard to swallow, Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life within such meteorites, the remains of living organisms from their parent bodies — comets, moons and other astral bodies. By extension, the findings suggest we are not alone in the universe, he said…

Solar Tsunami Coming

Solar Tsunami Coming

Feb 21

The event begins with a giant thermonuclear explosion on the sun. The fusion of hydrogen atoms swells up and bursts open on the sun’s surface, spewing a stew of radiation and gas particles trapped in the solar wind. The continuous but variable flow of particles and magnetic fields from the sun creates gusts that can quickly reach Earth. Within hours, a space storm, a “coronal mass ejection” (CME), accompanied by a beautiful aurora borealis or “northern lights” display of shimmering celestial curtains, bombards Earth with geomagnetic disturbances.

The consequences are dramatic: disruptions to communications satellites, interference with global positioning systems (GPS) and air traffic control, and, most telling, taking down the high-voltage electric transmission system over wide swaths of the planet, blacking out more than 130 million people in the U.S. alone. Secondary effects due to the loss of the grid involve water system failures, severe disruptions to natural gas pipelines, factories shut down for weeks or months, food rotting in unrefrigerated warehouses, and unquantifiable costs to the world economy.

The cost of damage to the U.S. totals $1 trillion to $2 trillion. More than 300 grounded electrical high-voltage transformers in the U.S. suffer damages so serious that they need to be replaced, putting intolerable strain on an already stressed supply chain. Recovery takes as much as a decade, as the results wreck havoc with the U.S. and world infrastructure and economy…

Making The Impossible Possible: The X PRIZE Foundation

Making The Impossible Possible: The X PRIZE Foundation

Feb 20

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity thereby inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck. Today, it is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition…

The Google Lunar X PRIZE: Final Team Roster Announced

The Google Lunar X PRIZE: Final Team Roster Announced

Feb 20

Today, the X PRIZE Foundation announced the official roster of 29 registered teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, an unprecedented competition to send a robot to the Moon that travels at least 500 meters and transmit video, images, and data back to the Earth. This group of teams signifies this new era of exploration’s diverse and participatory nature as it includes a huge variety of groups ranging from non-profits to university consortia to billion dollar businesses representing 17 nations on four continents. The global competition, the largest in history, was announced in September 2007, with a winner projected by 2015…

NASA’S Neowise Completes Scan For Asteroids & Comets

NASA’S Neowise Completes Scan For Asteroids & Comets

Feb 02

NASA’s NEOWISE mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets, in our solar system. The mission’s discoveries of previously unknown objects include 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs). The NEOs are asteroids and comets with orbits that come within 28 million miles of Earth’s path around the sun…

Scientists: Earth Must Prepare For Close Encounter With Aliens

Scientists: Earth Must Prepare For Close Encounter With Aliens

Jan 15

World governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted by aliens, according to scientists. They argue that a branch of the UN must be given responsibility for “supra-Earth affairs” and formulate a plan for how to deal with extraterrestrials, should they appear. The comments are part of an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A published today. In it, scientists examine all aspects of the search for extraterrestrial life, from astronomy and biology to the political and religious fallout that would result from alien contact…

Moving Magnetic North Pole May Be Causing Bird & Fish Deaths (Updated)

Moving Magnetic North Pole May Be Causing Bird & Fish Deaths (Updated)

Jan 09

The steady and rapid movement of the Magnetic North Pole may be responsible for the recent, sudden and mysterious death of thousands of birds and millions of fish in the US. In the last week, nearly 100,000 fish washed up on the shores of the Arkansas River, dead. Also in Arkansas, thousands of red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky and plummeted to the ground where they were also found dead. The scene repeated itself in Southern Louisiana where 500 red-winged blackbirds recently plunged out of the sky, dead on arrival, and in Chesapeake Bay, thousands of dead fish have begun washing up onto bay shores. Recently several million animals have mysteriously died in the United States. Although some thought that the cause may have been related to fireworks, disease and sudden cold, the cause may be more obvious, the steady, but rapid movement of the Magnetic North Pole towards Russia…

Citizen Scientists Join Search For Earth-Like Planets

Citizen Scientists Join Search For Earth-Like Planets

Dec 22

Web users around the globe will be able to help professional astronomers in their search for Earth-like planets thanks to a new online citizen science project called Planet Hunters…

Evidence Mounting That We Are Not Alone

Evidence Mounting That We Are Not Alone

Dec 08

In the past several days, scientists have reported there are three times as many stars as they previously thought. Another group of researchers discovered a microbe can live on arsenic, expanding our understanding of how life can thrive under the harshest environments. And earlier this year, astronomers for the first time said they’d found a potentially habitable planet. “The evidence is just getting stronger and stronger,” said Carl Pilcher, director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, which studies the origins, evolution and possibilities of life in the universe. “I think anybody looking at this evidence is going to say, ‘There’s got to be life out there.’” …

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

Dec 02

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components. “The definition of life has just expanded,” said Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it.”

Scientists Find 200 Sextillion More Stars In The Sky

Scientists Find 200 Sextillion More Stars In The Sky

Dec 02

The night sky may be a lot starrier than we thought. A study suggests the universe could have triple the number of stars scientists previously calculated. For those of you counting at home, the new estimate is 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That’s 300 sextillion…

New Theory: Universe Cycles Through Series Of Big Bangs

New Theory: Universe Cycles Through Series Of Big Bangs

Nov 26

Circular patterns within the cosmic microwave background suggest that space and time did not come into being at the Big Bang but that our universe in fact continually cycles through a series of “aeons”. That is the sensational claim being made by University of Oxford theoretical physicist Roger Penrose, who says that data collected by NASA’s WMAP satellite support his idea of “conformal cyclic cosmology”. This claim is bound to prove controversial, however, because it opposes the widely accepted inflationary model of cosmology…