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11 November 2015, 05:41 PM ET
With images like these, it's no wonder California — not to mention the Twittersphere — freaked out Saturday evening when an unannounced test of a submarine-launched Trident missile lit up the evening sky.
11 November 2015, 03:41 PM ET
Photographer Porter Tinsley was shooting long-exposure night sky time-lapse images on Nov. 7th, 2015 when she was surprised by a Trident missile test launched from a U.S. submarine. Thousands of Californians were similarly astonished.
11 November 2015, 03:30 PM ET
The Halloween 'dead comet' spooked the world with its abrupt appearance, why didn't we know about it earlier?
11 November 2015, 03:26 PM ET
A new test for defining the planetary status of an exoplanet has been formulated, but a certain dwarf planet in our solar system still doesn't make the planetary grade.
11 November 2015, 01:30 PM ET
The Senate passed Nov. 10 the final version of a commercial launch bill that also provides limited property rights for resources extracted from asteroids.
11 November 2015, 01:13 PM ET
A newly discovered planet is being called the closest Earth-size planet ever discovered, possibly providing the mouth-watering opportunity for a close-up look at the atmosphere of a rocky body around another star.
11 November 2015, 01:09 PM ET
Astronomers have found what may be the oldest stars in the Milky Way, in the galaxy's bulge — a discovery that reveals extraordinarily powerful explosions known as hypernovas might have dominated the Milky Way during its youth, researchers say.
11 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
A planet close to its parent star is hot like Venus, but rotates quickly and could have a substantial atmosphere.
11 November 2015, 11:23 AM ET
The closest rocky planet (GJ1132b) like our Earth has been discovered, 40 light years out – revolving close in to an M-dwarf star about 1/5th the size of our Sun. It was uncovered by the MEarth-South telescope array on Cerro Tololo in Chile.
11 November 2015, 07:56 AM ET
The western lobe of Pluto's "heart" is surprisingly young — no more than 10 million years old — and the dwarf planet's atmosphere is surprisingly compact. The latest research from the New Horizons mission continues to reveal surprises from the dwarf plane
11 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An asteroid found itself trapped by the tidal forces of the white dwarf ‘undead’ star SDSS J1228+1040, then ripped apart. Observations by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) reveal the remains of the space rock.
11 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A remotely piloted glider, with a wing designed like a bird's wing, could increase the efficiency of planes on Earth, or even inspire aircraft that cruise through the Martian atmosphere.
11 November 2015, 06:00 AM ET
A "zombie" star and the remains of its lunch are revealed in a new close-up view, 12 years in the making.
10 November 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Lego Star Wars kits, and especially its minifigures, pack a lot of personality into a few pieces of plastic. That goes double for photographer Vesa Lehtimäki's new Lego photo book.
10 November 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Moonspike, a European venture to send a small spacecraft to the moon is reconsidering its plans after an online fundraising effort fell fall short of its goal.
10 November 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Going up? Attention space elevator button pushers! A feature-length documentary called Sky Line is being released this month, an impressive view that follows a group of scientists and entrepreneurs as egos collide in an attempt to reach for the stars.
10 November 2015, 02:37 PM ET
Chronicling the second chapter of the European Space Agency’s mission to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, this fairy tale-like treatment of the two probes’ primary findings will warm your heart.
10 November 2015, 10:30 AM ET
There's something strange going on in the universe that calls into question scientists' basic assumptions about space and time — but most people don't notice those conflicts unless they know where to look.
10 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
We finally got our hands on Lego's new Spaceport set, and it was awesome — so we reached out to the kit's designers to hear more about it.
10 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
New observations of Pluto's moons reveal a system in pandemonium, according to scientists with the New Horizons mission.
10 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Skywatcher Stephen Ippolito captured this image of the Milky Way over some friendly cows was taken in New Hampshire on Sept. 11, 2015.
09 November 2015, 06:41 PM ET
Frozen and bonded to the surface? Or blasted into space? NASA MAVEN Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky tells Space.com’s Calla Cofield that the sun seems to have been the culprit.
09 November 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Kelly Latimer, the first female research test pilot ever to join NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, has joined Virgin Galactic as the spaceflight company's newest pilot.
09 November 2015, 05:17 PM ET
Two enormous mountains on Pluto's surface bear a striking resemblance to volcanoes on Earth and Mars, which has piqued the interest of scientists with the New Horizons mission.
09 November 2015, 01:16 PM ET
Hydra, Nix, Kerberos and Styx behave like 'spinning tops" according to SETI Institute’s Mark Showalter. Hydra – the fastest rotation – spins at dizzying 89 times per Pluto orbit.
09 November 2015, 10:51 AM ET
Space Coast Intelligent Solutions’ meteor camera network captured an in-falling remnant of Comet Encke, progenitor of the annual Taurid meteor shower. Slow motion playback of the event reveals a halo of ice crystals illuminated by the fireball.
09 November 2015, 09:26 AM ET
ESA’s Rosetta probe scientists explain how Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko’s sulfur, methane, alcohols and other organics lend support to long standing theories, which hold that that comets helped bring life to Earth.
09 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Giant Magellan Telescope is scheduled to take place Wednesday (Nov. 11) at the Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes. The huge instrument should begin observing the heavens in the early 2020s.
09 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers are developing an "electric sail" propulsion system that would harness the solar wind, the stream of protons, electrons and other charged particles that flows outward from the sun at more than 1 million mph.
08 November 2015, 01:11 PM ET
The sun stripped away most of Mars' atmosphere billions of years ago, "Star Trek" is coming back to TV and the search for signs of intelligent life around a strangely dimming star has come up empty so far. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
08 November 2015, 12:47 PM ET
From super-close views of the Saturn moon Enceladus' south pole to spectacular, newly released images of the October 2014 Antares rocket explosion, don't miss these amazing space images.
08 November 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Just in time for the flu season, the Earth is going to catch a bit of the sun's sneeze, following a solar eruption yesterday (Nov. 4).