The Milky Way has a history of devouring its neighbors, the smaller satellite galaxies that orbit it. Over time our galaxy’s gravity will tug on the near sides of these satellites more strongly than their far sides, slowly stretching them out until they tear apart and their stars assimilate into the Milky Way.
The new impressively oblivious (or riotously self-mocking)logo that adorned a rocket carrying U.S. spy satellites is actually not a bad choice, as metaphors go.
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will be the first probe dedicated to mapping the distribution of CO2 in the atmosphere. The launch of a nearly identical probe resulted in a crash in 2009
Heavy smog that paralyzed eastern China is visible from space in this satellite image from NASA.
China, Russia and the U.S. have the ability to destroy one another’s eyes in the sky
Precipitation could finally be measured from space rather than the ground
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of smog that paralyzed the northeastern Chinese city of 10 million.
A new satellite image beautifully highlights the Earth forming a perfect crescent as the midnight sun beams down on the far northern reaches of the globe