Science & Astronomy Archive
27 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Though a glitch ended Kepler's original operations last May, the mission continues to discover distant worlds, adding a whopping 715 new exoplanets to the tally on Wednesday. Many more will follow, and a new mission could keep Kepler busy for years.
27 February 2014, 07:34 AM ET
NASA and Japan's space agency will launch the new Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite to map Earth's rain and snow today at 1:37 p.m. EST. Watch it live here.
27 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The GPM Core Observatory scans the weather with microwaves and two bands of radar. See how the Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite by NASA and JAXA will map rain and snow like never before.
27 February 2014, 12:53 AM ET
Artificial satellites from Earth have only populated space since 1957, but there are now hundreds of thousands of objects from our planet in orbit.
26 February 2014, 06:56 PM ET
The pulsar jet, called IGR J1104-6103, is traveling between 2.5-5 million MPH, making it one of the fastest moving pulsars ever observed. It began its journey from the center of supernova remnant SNR MSH 11-61A in the Milky Way galaxy, its believed.
26 February 2014, 04:06 PM ET
China's first moon rover and lander appear in spectacular detail in this new time-lapse panoramic view by science reporter Ken Kremer and colleagues. See how it was done.
26 February 2014, 03:27 PM ET
Researchers using the Kepler Space Telescope have nearly doubled the number of planets known to humanity. Find out how they did it.
26 February 2014, 03:11 PM ET
A recent image from the International Space Station (ISS) shows in stark detail the utter lack of development in North Korea — widely considered to be a "rogue" state — compared to next-door neighbor South Korea, a rapidly developing industrial power.
26 February 2014, 03:02 PM ET
On Feb. 26th, 2014, NASA announced that it has added 715 new planets to the roster of known exoplanets. Kepler Space Telescope data was used in the discovery. Four of the new planets reside in the habitable zone of its host star.
26 February 2014, 02:14 PM ET
A powerful new technique for hunting alien planets yields a major new crop of new worlds. See how it helped NASA's Kepler Space Telescope confirm the existence of 715 new alien planets to nearly double the known list of exoplanets.
26 February 2014, 01:33 PM ET
A star (Kepler 296 system) about half the size of our Sun is harboring at least 5 planets. It is not yet known if the outermost planet, in the habitable zone (green area in video), called Kepler-296f, is a gas or water world.
26 February 2014, 01:01 PM ET
NASA has confirmed the existence of 715 newly discovered alien planets using the agency's Kepler Space Telescope, effectively doubling the number of exoplanets known today. See what the discovery means for life here.
26 February 2014, 12:01 PM ET
Starting today (Feb. 26), anybody with an Internet connection and a few dollars to spare can give a moniker to one of the Red Planet's 500,000 or so unnamed craters, as part of a mapping project run by the space-funding company Uwingu.
26 February 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes could be quenching star formation in elliptical galaxies, forcing them to appear "red and dead," a new study reports.
26 February 2014, 11:02 AM ET
To some viewers, it looks like a landing strip for extraterrestrial spacecraft — or perhaps the portal to a parallel universe, if not an ancient monument to a benevolent deity who had a keen eye for design and symmetry.
26 February 2014, 10:29 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows a small part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to our own. This collection of small baby stars, most weighing less than the Sun, form a young stellar cluster known as LH63.
26 February 2014, 10:05 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured close-ups and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) had the wide view of the Feb. 24th, 2014 X4.9-class flare. Also, SOHO's view provides imagery of the resulting coronal mass ejection (CME).
26 February 2014, 06:34 AM ET
The explosion of a meteor over the southern Ural region of Russia last year peppered the area with varying sizes of space rock leftovers.
26 February 2014, 06:30 AM ET
It has been 50 years since two scientists found landmark evidence for the Big Bang theory. Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias were using a large horn antenna at Bell Labs in New Jersey to gaze into the Milky Way.
26 February 2014, 06:26 AM ET
NASA watched as a large, peanut-shaped asteroid flew past Earth in early February, and you can see the impressive images in a new video released by the space agency.
25 February 2014, 07:58 PM ET
A team of scientists says that microscopic tunnels and carbon-rich spherules that stud the interior of a Martian meteorite known as Yamato 000593 may have been formed by Red Planet organisms long ago, NBC News reported today (Feb. 25).
25 February 2014, 05:16 PM ET
A peanut-shaped 1300 foot-long asteroid, named 2006 DP14, flew about 1.5 million miles away from Earth on February 10th, 2014. NASA scientists used the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif. to take radar images of it on February 11th.
25 February 2014, 03:03 PM ET
NASA’s Kepler exoplanet hunter has transformed our view of the Cosmos. In the years since it was launched in 2009, it has confirmed the discovery of hundreds of small alien worlds and glimpsed thousands of candidates.
25 February 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of one of the first alien planets ever identified by astronomers, scientists announced.
25 February 2014, 12:25 PM ET
Roguish runaway stars can have a big impact on their surroundings as they plunge through the Milky Way galaxy. Their high-speed encounters shock the galaxy, creating arcs, as seen in this space wallpaper of speedster star Kappa Cassiopeiae, or HD 2905.
25 February 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The planned Museum of Science Fiction will be partnering with the Science Channel to provide sponsorship and content for the new venture, the museum announced today (Feb. 25).
25 February 2014, 10:57 AM ET
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft has sent over 200 terabits of data back to Earth. See what it photographed when it passed the 200 terabit mark.
25 February 2014, 09:27 AM ET
See photos and images of the biggest solar flares of 2014 in this gallery of photos by NASA spacecraft and solar astronomers.
25 February 2014, 08:06 AM ET
A old Sunspot (now called AR1990, formerly AR1967) has made its way back around to the Earth-facing side of the Sun. It has unleaded a X4.9-class solar flare that ejected a bright glob of plasma on February 24th, 2014 (EST).
25 February 2014, 07:36 AM ET
The sun erupted with a major solar flare on Tuesday (Feb. 25), an X4.9 solar flare that is the biggest sun storms of the year. See how a familiar sunspot triggered the massive solar storm here.
25 February 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is planning to put its stamp on the solar system — or rather the solar system on its stamps. The 'Solar System' is included on a leaked list of U.S. stamp topics that have not yet been announced but are scheduled for release
25 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Dr. Prateek Lala created special typographies for more than 50 influential physicists, cosmologists, and mathematicians. These images were included in the Fall 2013 issue of Inside the Perimeter, the magazine of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Phy