Science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce explains how the Parker Solar Probe may help answer one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the sun.
Short Wave is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the periodic table with profiles of some of its favorite elements. Here are a few things you may not have known about aluminum.
The private space company run by Elon Musk launched 60 satellites into orbit this week. Science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel explains why astronomers worry that kind of traffic — if it continues unabated — could permanently alter their ability to observe the night sky.
We hear from Christina Koch, Jessica Meir, and Kathryn Sullivan. Former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan also tells us why she says this moment is long overdue.
Got your head in the clouds? Perfect! These astronomy-themed activities are designed to inspire stargazers-in-training ages 4-8.
Academy docent Annie lights up the screen as she explains the science behind the sparkle of butterflies like the blue morpho.
This recipe’s pretty cool: Add food coloring and salt to ice cubes for a colorful demonstration of how iridescence works.
With a few household ingredients, you can make an iridescent rainbow materialize before your very eyes. Be sure to ask an adult for assistance.
Don’t have a camera? Oh, yes you do: It’s in the sky above you! Use everyday objects and the power of the Sun to create your own solar masterpieces.
Academy educator Ethan sheds some light on how the Sun’s path across the sky changes how your shadow appears.
Make your own moon chart to track its phases in the night sky—and learn about funny moon-related phrases like “waxing gibbous!”
Transform your body into a sundial and see how your shadows illustrate the movement of the Sun over the course of a day.