Space News Archive
01 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The 2014 Perseid meteor shower — a usually spectacular celestial showcase — might be washed out by the light of a nearly full moon rising at the same time as the shower's peak in August.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
This month's night sky is full of cosmic wonders including planets and other celestial objects galore. Find out what's up in your night sky and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2014.
31 July 2014, 03:24 PM ET
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will send a car-size rover to the Red Planet to collect samples. See how the Mars 2020 rover will work in this Space.com infographic.
31 July 2014, 03:05 PM ET
In a surprising find, astronomers discovered a faraway galaxy that doubles as a cosmic "magnifying glass." At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, NASA announced.
31 July 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The constellation of Cygnus flies high in the night sky with a multitude of targets. The brightest star, Altair, in the Aquila constellation is one of the 3 stars that make the Summer Triangle.
31 July 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Mars and Saturn get together with the crescent moon for a planetary 3-way on August 31st and Venus and Jupiter get together on August 18th. The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks on Aug 11-13.
31 July 2014, 02:41 PM ET
See photos and images of NASA's next Mars rover, a 1-ton robot launching toward the Red Planet in 2020.
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, may erupt from star explosions known as novas surprisingly often, but the way these gamma rays remains a mystery, scientists say
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Light from a radioactive metal forged inside a supernova blast could prompt a rethink of how some star explosions occur. See the latest discovery from the supernova SN 2014J.
31 July 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA's next big Mars rover launching in 2020 will be packed to the brim with high-tech instruments, including twin lasers, a water-hunting radar and a new drill to collect samples of Mars. See the seven science instruments on NASA's Mars rover 2020.
31 July 2014, 11:51 AM ET
The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope detected a flash-blast emanating from white dwarf star V407 Cyg as the stellar wind of its red giant companion impinges, like spraying lighter fluid at a raging fire.
31 July 2014, 09:07 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jon Secord took this image from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Pemaquid, Maine on June 21.
31 July 2014, 07:35 AM ET
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) is closing in on the Red Planet. At the same time, an interloper, comet Siding Spring, is also approaching.
30 July 2014, 07:29 PM ET
Space agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
30 July 2014, 06:08 PM ET
A new trailer for the movie "Interstellar" hit the Internet today, revealing more about the film's largely unknown plot.
30 July 2014, 04:33 PM ET
Images taken by a European probe en route to link up with a comet, have revealed a striking feature of the target comet coming into view.
30 July 2014, 02:56 PM ET
Europe's line of space freighters is going out with a (big) bang. Named “Georges Lemaître” after the Belgian priest and astronomer who proposed what became the Big Bang theory, the European Space Agency's fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle has lau
30 July 2014, 01:54 PM ET
Earth and Moon in the Hadean epoch were pummeled by large impacts letting magma flow out. But, at the same time, some parts of Earth’s surface could have retained liquid water, allowing pre-biotic compounds to form; perhaps even life itself.
30 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Cosmic bombardment of the early Earth repeatedly covered the planet's surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution of life, scientists say.
30 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Some of the oddly skewed orbits of many alien worlds may be due to the twin stars they are often found circling, a new study suggests.
30 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The binary system HK Tauri's ‘wildly misaligned’ discs of dust and gas may help explain why some exoplanets have eccentric orbits around their Suns. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) imaged the system. More: http://goo.gl/XMR3Hz
30 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Tidal forces exerted during the solar system's youth can explain most of the moon's large-scale topography, including its slight lemon shape, reports the study, which was published online today (July 30) in the journal Nature.
30 July 2014, 07:21 AM ET
A private team is priming a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft to perform new science as it travels through interplanetary space after attempts to move the probe into a position closer to Earth failed.
30 July 2014, 07:18 AM ET
While praising NASA's efforts and focus on in-space manufacturing, the U.S. National Research Council report stressed that the agency should organize its various centers to identify priority projects for use on the station.
29 July 2014, 07:55 PM ET
The European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) blasted off from French Guiana Tuesday evening (July 29), kicking off the final mission for this line of unmanned spacecraft, which has been resupplying the station since 2008.
29 July 2014, 07:44 PM ET
The fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5), named "Georges Lemaître", was launched from Kourou, French Guiana on July 29th, 2014 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. It is the heaviest spacecraft ever launched by ESA. Full Story: http://goo.gl/vdgLGx
29 July 2014, 05:38 PM ET
A newcomer to astrophotography produced a stunning shot of the Milky Way during his first effort. See how photographer Stephen Ippolito captured this amazing view from Joshua Tree National Park in California.
29 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
NASA wants to create a robotic gas station in space. While that might call to mind visions of interstellar starships, the unmanned depot won't actually be used to refuel rockets leading to the outer solar system or other worlds; instead, it will be design
29 July 2014, 04:35 PM ET
A company plans to place two new cameras on the outside of the International Space Station in a bid to provide more live views of Earth from space.
29 July 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A cosmic lagoon glows within the clouds of the Milky Way in an incredible image.
29 July 2014, 02:40 PM ET
Don't miss this amazing collection of images taken by crewmembers aboard the International Space Station showing beautiful auroras in the skies over Earth.