In Washington, D.C., on June 2, 2017 visitors were given a free guided tour of the sky at the 8th annual astronomy festival on the National Mall.
Astronomy & Space
Astronomy may well be the oldest science of all, seeking answers to questions such as: "Where did it all come from?" and "Are we alone?" But, today's astronomers are focusing on phenomena our forbearers never imagined—planets orbiting other stars, for example; black holes the size of our solar system; galaxies being driven apart by invisible "dark energy"; ripples in the fabric of space and time; and of course the big bang, where time itself began.
A team of astronomers at The Ohio State University watched a star disappear and possibly become a black hole
The Green Bank Telescope studied the relative distribution of silicon isotopes in the Milky Way, revealing that our galaxy may be more efficient at mixing its contents than previously assumed.
LIGO Detection reveals what unfolded behind the scenes between the detection of merging black holes on 14 September 2015, and five months later when LIGO announced it to the world.
In this week's episode, we learn how AI uncovers insights into cancer, how loops give toughness to spider silk, a newly released database of stars and finally, we investigate a novel water testing technique. Check it out!
The nonfiction book and its film counterpart "Hidden Figures" revealed the genius behind the American space race in the 1960s: a cohort of black women who, despite segregation and discrimination, applied their genius in math and engineering to help send our rockets and astronauts into space and bring them back safely.
The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) project at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy is publicly releasing the world's largest digital sky survey.
In this editors' pick video for the Best Of the National Science Foundation's Science360 2016, Charlie and Jordan explore the biggest news story of our century so far: the detection of gravitational waves.
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) associate professor of theoretical astrophysics Phil Hopkins and Carnegie-Caltech Research Fellow Andrew Wetzel use massive supercomputers to build the most detailed and realistic simulation of galaxy formation ever created.
Ranked as the top ground-based national priority for the field for the current decade, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is currently under construction in Chile.
If there's one thing that we think we understand, it's matter. After all, matter makes up everything around us; it even makes up you. However, all is not as it seems.
A simple question from his wife -- Does physics really allow people to travel back in time? -- propelled physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him throughout his 45-year career: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new "nows"?
In a flash, all of your electronics could be gone, courtesy of a solar storm. However, a collaboration of National Science Foundation-funded scientists has created groundbreaking visualizations to help scientists and non-scientists alike understand these massive cosmic eruptions and develop ways to mitigate the disasters they could cause.
A proton collision is like a car accident--except when it isn't. Boston University physicist Kevin Black explains why. (Watch out for the kitchen sink!)
Jeffrey Peterson from Carnegie Mellon's McWilliams Center for Cosmology discusses the implications of the Green Bank Telescope's detection of a Fast Radio Burst.
Materials science team pioneers new tools, methods to boost resilience in extreme heat environments
For more than six decades, the National Science Foundation has funded science and engineering research that has led to discoveries and innovations that transformed our world.
A brief look at how National Science Foundation-supported fundamental research helps drive our nation's economy, enhance our security, advance our knowledge to sustain global leadership, and transform our future.
Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. But to engineer Mary Frecker of Pennsylvania State University, it is the future for designing tools that could be used in fields such as medicine and space exploration.
In this episode we create an ice storm lab, discover gravitational-waves, track the path of chemo drugs and, finally, test out new deep-sea ROV grippers for handling fragile coral and sponges.