Space

17 Intriguing Facts About Uranus | 2020 Edition

Uranus was the first ever planet to be discovered with the help of a telescope. But do you know, before Sir William Herschel, it was not recognized as a planet? When ancient astronomers first observed Uranus, they mistook it for a star. The earliest...

When Did The First Stars And Galaxies Light Up?

A new study suggests that the Dark Ages completely ended around 12 billion years ago.  This is when the first generation of stars and galaxies lit up the universe.  It is estimated that our universe is 13.8 billion years old, with an uncertainty of...

Astronomers Spot A New Class Of Low-Mass Black Holes

There may be an entire class of black holes that we didn’t know about.  Astronomers have spotted a black hole that is smaller than the smallest known black holes in the universe.  It is just 19 kilometers wide and has a mass of about 3.3 solar...

A Halloween-Themed Sun Captured By NASA

NASA shares a ‘pumpkin Sun’ image that was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2014. The image is colorized in yellow and gold tones to create a Halloween-themed appearance. Like other stars, our Sun is a ball of gas. In terms...

What Exactly Is Planet X? Facts and Theories

Planet X is a hypothetical planet that is located about 400 astronomical units (AU) away.  It may take up to 20,000 Earth years to complete one full orbit around our Sun.  The planet has not yet been observed but mathematical calculations suggest it...