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Celebrate the Birth of Human Spaceflight, with Yuri’s Night!

Posted April 12, 2014 by Robert T. Gonzalez

Fifty three years ago today, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in history to venture into outer space. Below, Mika McKinnon talks about Gagarin’s incredible journey to Earth orbit (and how to best commemorate that journey: by finding the Y…

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This Chart Highlights The Vast Differences Between The Sizes Of Stars

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lauren Davis

Stars are so mind-boggling large compared to our planet that it’s easy to think of them simply as universally gigantic. But just like planets, stars come in different sizes, and when you place a dwarf star beside a hypergiant, it’s clear just how immen…

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Breathtaking Illustrations Show The Splendor Of Ringed Planets

Posted April 11, 2014 by Vincze Miklós

Is there any more beautiful than a ringed planet? It’s like an instant signifier of an exotic, non-Earth world. And the sight of a ring floating around an entire world is one of the most poetic and astonishing vistas the universe has to offer. And lu…

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