Astronomical Knolling Is The Prettiest Way To Organize Objects In Space

What happens when a planetary scientist has a love for order? He creates code that sorts everything from our solar system’s moons to exoplanets into graceful spirals where every object is slightly smaller than the one before. Astronomical knolling is my new favourite way to contemplate the vast scale of space. » 4/17/15 3:30pm Friday 3:30pm

Why Are Huge Landslides So Damn Weird?

There's something terrifyingly strange about a landslide, of any size. The solid ground moves under your feet, and geographical features are displaced. But the larger they get, the weirder landslides become. When they get big enough, they start acting like fluids. Here's why really big landslides are completely… » 4/13/15 11:18am Monday 11:18am

Boeing's Space Taxi Got Soaked During Splashdown Tests

The best-laid plans have astronauts returning to Earth on dry land when they hitch a ride on Boeing's CST-100 in the future, but NASA's emergency plans dunked the spacecraft in splashdown tests to ensure waterlogged astronauts would still find their way home. » 4/12/15 2:00pm 4/12/15 2:00pm

10 Geological Forms We've Studied For Years And Still Don't Understand

Geology is full of strange mysteries, from towering structures to small formations. The more we examine these deceptively complicated phenomena, the less we understand their origins and the processes that created them. Here are 10 geological forms that we still don't understand, even after years of careful study. » 4/07/15 10:20am 4/07/15 10:20am

These 234 Proto-Clusters Are A Rare Look Into Galaxy Cluster Formation

Why does space have structure? Why does our universe have not only stars, but galaxies and galactic clusters? Researchers recently identified 234 potential proto-clusters: candidates for early galactic clusters from when the universe was just 3 billion years old that may help solve this astrophysical mystery. » 4/02/15 3:00am 4/02/15 3:00am

Explore Vesta With A New App For Citizen Scientists

Between July 2011 and September 2012, the Dawn spacecraft orbited Vesta, the second largest object in the asteroid belt. Now you can explore all the data it collected in a tidy app called Trek that includes interactive maps, 3D-printable topography maps, and a video-game style interface to "fly" over the terrain. » 4/01/15 10:30pm 4/01/15 10:30pm

Watch Wind And Dust Obscure The Violent Traces Of Curiosity's Landing

When Curiosity came burning through Mars' atmosphere two-and-a-half years ago, it marked the planet with its landing, and the impact of shedding its sky crane, heat shield, backshell, and parachute. But the planet is recovering, obscuring the scars with unending wind and dust. » 3/29/15 1:00pm 3/29/15 1:00pm