July 7, 2015 A road trip to Pluto is not something you want to try with kids — the asteroid belt is nothing but tourist traps, and the rest stops really thin out after Saturn, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
The view, from about 6,000 ft., near Black Tusk in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, on June 6.
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June 9, 2015 Really imagining Earth as just one of countless planets can illuminate everything you see with a new and poignant clarity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
The Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa as seen from the International Space Station.
May 12, 2015 NASA, with all its heroism and accuracy, is like Superman to many Americans — and denying the agency the funding it needs because of its position on climate is wrong, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
April 14, 2015 Just as the development of a biosphere can imply new evolutionary paths for a planet, maybe the development of a planetary Noosphere has its own concrete evolutionary implications, says Adam Frank.
Might nightmarish alien beings, like these imagined ones, invade Earth?
February 11, 2015 The notion that other intelligences exist in the universe is pervasive in popular culture: Aliens are often portrayed as evil invaders. Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser ponders whether we should worry.
February 10, 2015 Astrophysicist Adam Frank asks us to take a minute to enjoy this NASA video showing the other side of the moon — and to think about all the world that's out there right now, hidden from our eyes.
Asteroid 2004 BL86 will be visible in parts of the sky tonight. Visibility is expected to peak around 9 p.m. ET, as shown in this NASA graphic.
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January 26, 2015 At its closest point, asteroid 2004 BL86 came within about 750,000 miles from Earth — or almost three times farther away than the moon.
Icebergs float in Iceland's Jökulsárlón glacial lake, where the Vatnajökull glacier is retreating quickly due to global warming.
January 21, 2015 Our planet is getting steadily warmer — and ignoring this fact is like stepping in front of a train and hoping that if we close our eyes, it won't hit us, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
November 25, 2014 Commentator Adam Frank says that no matter what your year has been like — no matter what you may have lost — you can always be thankful for the miracle that is planet Earth.
Actor Matthew McConaughey poses with a model spacecraft at the premiere of the film Interstellar in October.
November 13, 2014 Few, if any, movies have been this faithful to science and still managed to tell a gripping tale, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser — though some liberties are taken at points.
Our planet is unique. When are we going to recognize and celebrate this fact? Above, the Southern United States as seen from the International Space Station.
July 16, 2014 New human possibilities materialized with the arrival of the the Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says its time to pick up the banner and move forward again.
NASA created this composite image with separate photos taken by its Galileo spacecraft in 1992 as it headed off for Jupiter.
May 18, 2014 We don't often think about it but we are deeply connected to the universe and deeply indebted to mother Earth. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says its time we treated her with respect.
The moon is seen over Dresden, Germany, last week. Researchers say they filmed video of a meteorite impact that sets a new record as the brightest ever recorded.
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February 24, 2014 A high-speed collision on the moon's surface was recorded on video and created a bright flash that would have been visible on Earth for eight seconds, scientists say.
From 99 million miles away on Mars, Earth is just a tiny dot in the evening sky.
February 7, 2014 The Curiosity rover has sent back an image that shows a tiny bright dot over the Mars horizon. It's Earth. Compare that to other famous photos of our planet taken from space.
In 2013, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Earth from Saturn. Seen here, our planet is 898 million miles away (1.44 billion kilometers) and appears as a blue dot at center right.
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December 31, 2013 This New Year, stop to consider the point of it all with this beautiful animation of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" meditation on Earth's place in the cosmos.
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