1. What. A. Baller.

     

  2. It’s not Stephen Hawking’s birthday anymore, so

     
  3. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this gorgeous, newly-released image of Saturn.

     

  4. TODAY: Asteroid Narrowly Misses Earth

     

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  6. we-are-star-stuff:

    Resembling characters from a Tim Burton movie, these eerie figures are part of a molecular cloud of gas and dust located 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. First identified in 1966, the human-like shapes with ‘arms’ raised give the nebula its spooky nickname: the “Ghost Nebula”.

    Whoaaaaa.

     
  7. In case you missed it, there was an awesome total solar eclipse in northern Australia earlier today (er, I guess, technically yesterday).

    See more photos here and our live blog here.

     

  8. European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they’ve found a planet that’s the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.

     
  9. Happy Birthday, NASA! NASA turns 54 today.

    sciencepopularis:

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began operations on this day 54 years ago.

    (Source: sciencepopularis)

     
  10. ikenbot:

    Space History Photo: Ham, The First Space Chimp

    It’s not always well remembered that two chimpanzees helped paved the way for human spaceflight with tests in the 1960. Even less remembered, in the 1940s and 1950s, monkeys perished for the U.S. cause and dogs died in Soviet spaceflight tests.

    The space chimps, Ham and Enos, were celebrated at the time. Ham, the first chimp in space and the subject of this photo, preceded the first American in space, Alan Shepherd. Later, Enos flew before John Glenn orbited the Earth.

    In this NASA picture, Ham is greeted by the recovery ship commander after his flight on the Mercury Redstone rocket. On Jan. 31, 1961, Ham greets the commander with what NASA calls the famous “hand shake” welcome. Ham seems calm. In other pictures of the chimpanzees upon return to Earth, they appeared to be hamming it up, grinning with happiness. But the apparent grins actually signified “the most extreme fear” through his baring of teeth, according to the renowned biologist Jane Goodall.

    (Source: kenobi-wan-obi, via scinerds)

     

  11. 20 Astronauts To Follow On Twitter

    What does the Sun look like from space? What do astronauts want to eat when they return to Earth? What does this button do?

    If you’ve ever wondered things like this, we’re here to help. Here is a list of 20 astronauts to follow on Twitter (in no particular order). Veteran commanders and trainees alike, they have a unique perspective on the world—and since they’ve been in orbit, we mean that literally!

    From behind-the-scenes pictures inside the International Space Station to thoughtful answers to your spaceflight questions, these astronauts are a wellspring of insight. It’s a shame that so few astronauts tweet regularly—where else can you hear about the final frontier first-hand?

    Click here to see the full list.

     
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  13. An ESA astronaut aboard the ISS snapped this shot of the inside of the SpaceX Dragon module. The module successfully docked to the ISS on May 25th, and became the first private spacecraft to ever launch and dock at the ISS.

    The module contains 1,000 pounds of non-essential rations, including clothing, food, computer equipment and student experiments.

     

  14. TONIGHT: How To See Moon’s Dark Side

    Skywatchers, take note: Tonight (May 23) and tomorrow night will offer excellent opportunities to observe the so-called “dark side” of the moon.

    The new moon occurred on Sunday evening (May 20), marked by an annular eclipse of the sun as the moon passed in front of it. The moon has now moved to the east of the sun, but is still mostly lit from behind. Only a slim crescent on the moon’s east side is in full sunlight.

    Read the full article here.

     
  15. Eeeevil solar eclipse.

    (via Reddit)

    See some of our readers’ amazing solar eclipse snapshots here: http://huff.to/J8XXyK