Space News Archive
21 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The annual Orionid meteor shower will peak just before dawn Thursday morning (Oct. 22). If clouds or light pollution inhibit your view, you can watch the shower online here at beginning at 10 p.m. EDT tonight, courtesy of NASA.
21 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The massive asteroid 2015 TB145, also known as "Spooky," will come within 310,000 miles (500,000 kilometers) of the planet on Oct. 31, just three weeks after the space rock was discovered.
21 October 2015, 06:00 AM ET
160,000 light years away, the Tarantula Nebula houses many young, hot stars. But the weirdest is probably the "over-contact" binary named VFTS 352 whose two huge, hot surfaces are touching as they dance rapidly around.
20 October 2015, 03:45 PM ET
In a statement obtained exclusively by, officials from White House Astronomy Night said that the documentary "Telescope" will air on Discovery Channel and Science Channel early next year.
20 October 2015, 01:40 PM ET
Virgin Galactic is planning to return to a rubber-like fuel when it resumes powered test flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle based on the results of an ongoing series of tests of the spacecraft’s hybrid rocket motor.
20 October 2015, 01:31 PM ET
President Barack Obama greeted a group of stargazers on the South Lawn, for the White House Astronomy Night on Oct. 19. The visitors included teachers, students, future scientists and astronaut-hopefuls who gathered to learn about and celebrate the scienc
20 October 2015, 10:36 AM ET
Over a period of 6 years, activity on the red giant star XX Tri was observed using the STELLA robotic telescopes on Tenerife and a technique called Doppler imaging.
20 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Mathematician and painter Ed Belbruno says his work in cosmology has made his art even more strange and abstract — or maybe it's his art that's influencing his science.
20 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Cosmic impacts might have helped deliver the ingredients for life into the hidden oceans that scientists think lurk beneath the surfaces of Europa and several other frozen moons in the solar system.
19 October 2015, 10:20 PM ET
A new trailer for "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" launched on TV and the Internet late Monday (Oct. 19), marking the official start of ticket sales.
19 October 2015, 09:15 PM ET
One of the year's most reliable meteor showers is set to peak before sunrise on Thursday morning. This display is known as the Orionids, because the meteors seem to fan out from an area north of the constellation Orion's second-brightest star.
19 October 2015, 06:31 PM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently on the International Space Station, recently set a new record for the most cumulative time spent in space by an American citizen, reaching 382 days over four missions.
19 October 2015, 05:41 PM ET
SpaceX on Oct. 16 said it had changed its return-to-flight plans and would first launch 11 small Orbcomm messaging satellites into low Earth orbit, and then test reignition of the redesigned second-stage engine during the same flight.
19 October 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Even the most active, take-on-the world people have days when they just don't want to get out of bed. But that probably won't be the case for 12 men who agreed to spend 60 days and nights lying in a bed for science.
19 October 2015, 02:35 PM ET
A gorgeous example of a phenomenon known as "light pillars" was captured in this breathtaking scene over Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina by astrophotographer Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer.
19 October 2015, 02:11 PM ET
NASA’s new website for its Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission will be updated daily with images captured 12 to 36 hours prior. 22 Images from Oct. 17th, 2015 ave been compiled to show one full rotation. (looped several times)
19 October 2015, 10:18 AM ET
The 1450 foot-wide (470m) asteroid 2015 TB145 will pass within 300,000mi (480,000km) of Earth. It was discovered on October 10th by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS).
19 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The $25,000 first prize in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office for their "Mars Ice House" design, which looks like a translucent, smooth-edged pyramid.
19 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Astronomers are using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a system of radio dishes about 300 miles (483 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, to hunt for signals coming from the vicinity of KIC 8462852, a star that lies 1,500 light-years from Earth.
19 October 2015, 07:29 AM ET
Some parts of the moon were so hammered by small asteroids 4 billion years ago that the impacts shattered the upper crust there. Similar impacts on Earth during this same era may have carved out environments in which life first took root.
18 October 2015, 04:21 PM ET
Mysterious dimmings from a faraway star spur speculation about "alien megastructures," some rivers on ancient Mars were dozens of miles long and Pluto's many mysteries continue to intrigue researchers. Here are's top stories of the week.
17 October 2015, 02:59 PM ET
From the best-ever views of the Saturn moon Enceladus' north pole to a stunning shot of a giant "hole" on the sun, don't miss these amazing space images.
16 October 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, NASA's final Saturn V rocket stage arrived back at its birthplace. It was moved by barge to its assembly facility outside of New Orleans after being test fired in Mississippi for a last time.
16 October 2015, 03:11 PM ET
The fascinating speculation surrounding a recent Kepler observation of a star 1,500 light-years away has reignited questions of alien life in our universe and what it means for future studies.
16 October 2015, 01:30 PM ET
The future is morally complicated, visually spectacular and set on far-flung worlds — complete with equally far-flung plotlines and awesome special effects — in Syfy's new show "The Expanse," which premieres Dec. 14.
16 October 2015, 11:07 AM ET
George Mueller, who from 1963 to 1969 led NASA's manned space flight efforts through the first moon landing and who was credited as the "father of the space shuttle," died on Oct. 12 after a brief illness. He was 97.
16 October 2015, 11:00 AM ET
When New York Comic Con got wind of what exactly the new Science Channel show "Secret Space Escapes" had in mind for their panel, they decided they'd better get a bigger room.
16 October 2015, 10:22 AM ET
An emerging Sunspot made its presence felt with a blast of towering superheated plasma on Oct. 16th, 2015. A nearby sunspot (AR2434) can also be seen flaring. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the solar fireworks display.
16 October 2015, 09:39 AM ET
A surge in flares was observed emanating from Sagittarius A* in the middle of 2014. It coincided with an object with a mass of 4 million Suns nearing the black hole. Named G2, it was thought to be a dust cloud but now appears to be a huge star.
16 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
As the Philae lander plunged down to land on a comet in 2014, it captured a view of the great comet closer than any had ever seen. Now a new video lets viewers ride along, showing exactly what the lander saw as it descended.
16 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Mars-bound crewed spacecraft should launch with just enough fuel to get to filling stations near the moon, which would dispense propellant derived from lunar water-ice, according to the study.
16 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Mars hosts liquid water on its surface in places today, but the best way to explore these sites is a matter of contentious debate.