Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.
Ian writes about space and especially enjoys writing about astrophysics, Mars exploration, black holes and our brave space robots that allow humanity to push beyond the final frontier. He's a British guy living in Los Angeles with a Ph.D. in solar physics and a master's degree in astrophysics. He digs tea and craft beer, and has an obsession for science fiction and computer games. He's forever optimistic that, despite the chaos and uncertainty of our daily lives, we are only at the beginning of the human story from a cosmic perspective. Space exploration is an adventure; it's his job to chronicle our journey. You can also follow his writing and videos on Astroengine.com.
Get ready for the most powerful electromagnetic explosion the universe has ever known.
Those stars twinkling in the nighttime sky may actually be crystal spheres. And our beloved star is headed in that direction, too. Eventually.
And don't worry. Even if NASA misses, we'll be fine.
Hints of Einstein's general relativity have been detected in a black hole "laboratory" smack in the center of the Milky Way.
The seriously ambitious experiment aims to understand the mysterious neutrino and maybe even figure out why matter won out over antimatter during the Big Bang.
The groundbreaking Saturn mission has come to an end, protecting Saturn's moon in its final plunge.
And one of the exoplanets in the Teegarden star system could have a temperature range between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Researchers at the Zwicky Transient Facility have found an asteroid in Earth's orbit. And this one has the shortest year yet.
The planned Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or LISA, will be able to detect the gravitational waves generated by massive collisions in the deep cosmos.
Plus, we throw in one reason to get excited anyway.
Neither massive planets nor tiny stars, brown dwarfs are entirely different substellar curiosities that possess qualities of both.
And it's just a galactic hop, skip and a jump away.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill supernova.
It's the first interstellar rock we've ever found!
The Kepler Space Telescope seeks out small habitable exoplanets that may share similar qualities to Earth.