The universe is constantly being created—and destroyed. Discover how these processes work, and how they may hold clues to how the universe began.
More About the Universe
Details of the big bang are obscured by billions of years of cosmic history. But high-tech orbiting telescopes are lifting the veil on our universe's formative years.
Supernovae occur when large stars collapse, ejecting plumes of gas, dust, and energy. Scientists study the remnants of these blasts for clues about the life and death of stars.
Humans have studied nebulae for centuries. But space-based and infrared telescopes that can cut through the dust are casting these cosmic cloud formations in a whole new light.
Space-based telescopes have revealed the complex and beautiful details of thousands of our universe's far-flung galaxies.
Phenomena: A Science Salon
National Geographic Magazine
Our genes harbor many secrets to a long and healthy life. And now scientists are beginning to uncover them
All the elements found in nature—the different kinds of atoms—were found long ago. To bag a new one these days, and push the frontiers of matter, you have to create it first.
Burn natural gas and it warms your house. But let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet.