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Researchers install a new quantum squeezing device into one of LIGO’s gravitational wave detectors.

An experiment that solved a 100-year-old mystery posed by Einstein just got up to 50% more powerful by squeezing light

LIGO can now detect gravitational waves almost every week, thanks to a new instrument that squeezes photons in a vacuum.
An artist's illustration of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun.

A record-breaking NASA probe circling the sun has found never-before-seen spikes of solar wind and a flipping magnetic field

The Parker Solar Probe's study of the sun's corona and wind could lead to new protections for astronauts and Earth's electric grid.

An Ikea designer lived in the Utah desert to learn more about designing for tiny homes

Ikea has helped to redecorate the inside of the station itself using a range of its furniture, and photos show the result.
This artist's concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars.

NASA’s plans for the 2020s include landing humans on the moon, detecting quakes on Mars, and defending Earth from deadly asteroids

One year ago, NASA announced it would send astronauts back to the moon. Since then, new spacecraft and telescopes have filled its plans for the 2020s.
An artist's impression of the LB-1 black hole, recently discovered by Chinese scientists.

Chinese astronomers discovered a black hole so big it shouldn’t exist according to current science

The LB-1 black hole has a mass 70 times that of our sun — larger than scientists thought could exist in our galaxy.
A NASA visualization of the surface of the sun. In a billion years, the sun will get brighter, and cause all the water in Earth's oceans to evaporate.

The human species will likely destroy itself long before the sun kills everyone on Earth, a Harvard scientists says

Scientist Avi Loeb wrote that we should colonize space to survive the sun's future expansion. But humanity might wipe itself out before then, he said.
The sun absolutely dwarfs every planet.

A stunning animation by a planetary scientist shows how huge our solar system is — and why that makes it so hard to depict

The planets are so far apart, and the sun is so big, that you wouldn't be able to see anything in an accurate model of the solar system.
A view of Earth taken at 1:07 p.m. EDT on January 15, 2017 by the GOES-16 satellite.

A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our understanding of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Here’s why Earths might be common.

There could be up to 10 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. That's good news for astronomers seeking alien life.
Just like the near side of the moon, the far side cycles through day and night phases.

There is no permanent dark side of the moon, and this simple animation by a former NASA scientist explains why

The far side of the moon and the dark side are not the same thing. This animation shows how one is constantly moving, while the other never changes.
A computer simulation of how a supermassive black hole's accretion disk and its event horizon (or inner "shadow") might appear to a telescope on Earth.

The most mind-boggling scientific discoveries of 2019 include the first image of a black hole, a giant squid sighting, and an exoplanet with water vap...

This year, scientists rendered the first-ever image of a black hole, glimpsed a giant squid, and identified a possibly habitable exoplanet.