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.
The galaxy has sent another tumbling chunk of frozen interstellar material our way.
The planned Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or LISA, will be able to detect the gravitational waves generated by massive collisions in the deep cosmos.
Researchers at the Zwicky Transient Facility have found an asteroid in Earth's orbit. And this one has the shortest year yet.
And one of the exoplanets in the Teegarden star system could have a temperature range between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
The mysterious microbes living more than half a mile beneath the deepest ocean floors could have something to teach us about Martian life.
The wait is over. NASA confirms Mars is seismically active.
Rovers are getting some practice hunting for microbes here on Earth before they head to Mars in 2020.
On a galactic scale, that's kind of like finding a tree in your backyard that you'd never seen before.
Things just got more interesting on this enigmatic exoplanet.
Those stars twinkling in the nighttime sky may actually be crystal spheres. And our beloved star is headed in that direction, too. Eventually.
We've identified 11 different times gravitational waves have passed through Earth. Yep, we're getting good at detecting these ripples in spacetime that Einstein predicted.
After cruising 300 million miles and spending seven months in space, the InSight spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars' surface. How awesome is that?
And this hot DOG's ferocious appetite shows no signs of slowing down.
But you can forget about Barnard's Star b bearing any resemblance to our planet.