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On Light Pollution: The End of Darkness

What is it like to be really in the dark? Not the dark of your closet, or the dark of your room at night, but the deep darkness of there being no electricity for miles and miles around you. If there was no light pollu...

A Sketchy History Of Pencil Lead

When fifth-graders at Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon, Oregon asked the NPR Skunk Bear team how pencil lead was made, they looked into it... way into it. From the start of the universe (with a shout out to Carl Saga...

Osiris-Rex: Chasing Asteroid Bennu – Out There

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx space vehicle launched from Cape Canaveral on September 8, 2016, riding an Atlas V rocket into a seven year long mission to map the asteroid Bennu and the bring a sample of it back to Earth. From Ast...

Space Rocks: Comets, asteroids, meteors, & meteorites

This claymation primer on comets, asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites helps us learn about Space Rocks in a super adorable way. Made by Beakus for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the animation is one in a ...

The Rosetta Mission Asks, “How Did Our Solar System Form?”

How does studying Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko start to shed light on some of the questions we have about the origins of the universe? For example, how did gas and dust form our solar system? How did we get from st...

Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Our home planet, Earth, circles the sun. The sun, our star, is but one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy... and beyond that? Where on the map of the cosmos is the Milky Way? For the first time, we...

Dr. Michelle Thaller: We Are Dead Stars

We are dead stars. Everything we are – the iron in our blood, every element we've ever heard of – is made from a star, a dust cloud collapsing under the force of gravity. Astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller si...

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Most Astounding Fact

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer. ...

The last five, wonder-filled minutes of Extreme Stars

You’re made of carbon, you’re made of oxygen, there’s iron in your blood. All of those things had to be generated inside the core of a star. There’s no other way to get them. So when you ...