Space News Archive
02 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have discovered the 'Godzilla of Earths,' a giant alien planet that is a new type of huge and rocky, world located 560 light-years from Earth.
02 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
In our solar system, planets come in two basic types: rocky and gas giant. Now, scientists have identified a third class of exoplanets called 'gas dwarfs' that serve as the missing link between the two.
02 June 2014, 11:49 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for June 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
02 June 2014, 11:19 AM ET
The constellation Libra, the Scales, has a long history in the night sky. See how Libra became a constellation in ancient times, and how to see the cosmic balance of the constellation.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Saturn's northern lights dance in an amazing new series of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Dark energy makes up nearly three-fourths of the universe, driving its accelerating expansion, but the substance is still mysterious to scientists that study it.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The kinds of alien planets that orbit distant stars may be revealed by taking a close look at the elements that make up those parent stars, researchers say.
01 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
More than 1,000 astronomers and space fans are bringing their interstellar smarts to Boston, Massachusetts for a conference this week.
01 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The United Kingdom could have a spaceport by 2018. Pending a regulatory report to be published this July and a technical feasibility study that is underway with the country's National Space Technology Programme (NSTP), a spaceport is possible.
31 May 2014, 10:47 PM ET
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31 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2014.
31 May 2014, 01:37 PM ET
From a spectacular Milky Way vista from the Azores to an amazing photo of Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
31 May 2014, 07:30 AM ET
This Sunday night (June 1), the Fox TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will send viewers to Earth's neighbor to learn about the greenhouse effect.
31 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Red tape and a moderate earthquake did not deter a private group from meeting its goal of making contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft that has been slumbering in deep space since 1997.
30 May 2014, 05:16 PM ET
This speedy, rocky planet Mercury been readily visible, appearing as a bright 'star' low in the west-northwest sky about an hour after sunset and tonight (May 30) the moon joins the show.
30 May 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) has the same 2.4m diameter aperture as Hubble but will use 18 fourth-generation images sensors (Hubble has a single ‘first-gen’ sensor).
30 May 2014, 01:20 PM ET
Talk about warp drive. 'Star Trek: TNG' star Levar Burton's quest to reboot his 'Reading Rainbow' show of the 1980s exceeded a $1 million crowdsourcing goal in just 11 hours. In fact, it's raised more than $2.6 million so far.
30 May 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29).
30 May 2014, 11:15 AM ET
A lopsided square of 4 stars called the 'Keystone', found in he Hercules Constellation, points the way to the Hercules Cluster (M31). Draco (the Dragon) and Boötes (the Herdsman) also highlight June's skywatching.
30 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
Your best views of Jupiter will come in early June. Venus will be just over the horizon right before sunrise.
30 May 2014, 10:44 AM ET
For the first time, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) probe captured a coronal mass ejection (May 9th, 2014). The field of view measures 5 Earth-diameters wide by 7.5 tall.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Three of Jupiter's moons will cast their dark shadows on the face of the giant planet Tuesday (June 3), but you might need a computer in order to see it.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic, the private space venture bankrolled by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that spells out how the company will use U.S. airspace during its planned suborbital flights.
30 May 2014, 01:21 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule to the world tonight (May 29) for the first time.
29 May 2014, 10:59 PM ET
Elon Musk unveiled the private space company's new spacecraft on May 29th, 2014.
29 May 2014, 09:20 PM ET
SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule May 29, 2014 during an invite-only event at the spaceflight company's Hawthorne, California campus.
29 May 2014, 08:18 PM ET
Hurricane Amanda (now downgraded to a tropical storm) is seen at is strongest in the Eastern Pacific. The storm is the first of the Eastern Pacific 2014 hurricane season, which began on May 15.
29 May 2014, 08:01 PM ET
Three physicists who helped further the theory that the universe experienced an extremely rapid burst of expansion right after it was born — a process known as cosmic inflation — were awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics today (May 29).
29 May 2014, 07:41 PM ET
It happens just four times a year, and tonight is one of those times. The setting sun will align perfectly with Manhattan's east-west streets, creating a phenomenon Neil deGrasse Tyson has dubbed Manhattanhenge.
29 May 2014, 06:10 PM ET
See photos of Dragon, Grasshopper and other SpaceX rockets taken since the company was founded in 2002.
29 May 2014, 04:43 PM ET
The anticipation just got higher for the big unveiling tonight (May 29) of the first-ever manned Dragon spaceship by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, with two new photos offering tantalizing glimpses inside the spacecraft.
29 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
SETI Project listened for alien interplanetary radio signals, based on Kepler space telescope data.