Science & Astronomy Archive
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, 10:58 AM ET
Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, a survey found that they illicit different reactions in Americans.
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.
31 May 2014, 10:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
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, 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.
31 May 2014, 03:54 AM ET
The exact number of stars is impossible to know because we aren't sure how big the universe is.
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, 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.
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, 02:12 PM ET
NASA's Cloudsat mission flew over the storm on May 25th, 2014. It saw heavy to moderate precipitation below the freezing level.
29 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft are still going strong after nearly 37 years in space.
28 May 2014, 12:51 PM ET
Our Milky Way galaxy is a 'magnetic dynamo’ generating a generally spiral-shaped field. ESA's Planck spacecraft’s edge on view makes the whorls of magnetic field lines appear a bit like a fingerprint.
28 May 2014, 11:54 AM ET
Jerrie Cobb, who was part of the FLATs program, poses next to the Mercury space capsule.
28 May 2014, 02:37 AM ET
How strong is the proof for cosmic inflation, the event that drove the Big Bang?
27 May 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Based on the findings of an independent review panel, NASA has taken stock of its fleet of orbiting astrophysics telescopes and decided which to save and which to shutter.
27 May 2014, 03:36 PM ET
The official trailer for the movie, hitting theaters in June 2014, kicks off with an interrogation of man, who has heard the mysterious 'Signal'.
27 May 2014, 12:25 PM ET
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, may becoming more mainstream, as evidenced by this week’s House Science and Technology Committee hearing.
27 May 2014, 10:57 AM ET
The "torus model" may be woefully inadequate when explaining what is actually going on.
27 May 2014, 06:46 AM ET
Several upcoming missions will harness the subtle push of sunlight, using gossamer 'solar sails' to cruise through the heavens like boats through the sea. Such propellant-free propulsion could help humanity explore the solar system and beyond.
27 May 2014, 12:07 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the magnetar in the very rich and young star cluster Westerlund 1.
26 May 2014, 10:54 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 25, 2014.
24 May 2014, 10:43 AM ET
The new Camelopardalid meteor shower caused by Comet 209P/LINEAR gave stargazers a treat overnight on May 23 and 24, 2014. See photos of the rare Camelopardalid meteor shower by stargazers in this Space.com gallery.
24 May 2014, 02:51 AM ET
Comet Lovejoy's fleeting visit inspired many.
23 May 2014, 10:05 PM ET
NASA's Earth Day Global Selfie is a mosaic view of the planet made up of more than 30,000 photos uploaded on social media. The mosaic shows the Earth as it looked on April 22, 2014.
23 May 2014, 03:33 PM ET
North America might be treated to a spectacular new meteor shower tonight. What should you look for in a viewing spot? You really just need three things: clear weather, darkness and broad view of the sky.
23 May 2014, 12:34 PM ET
Astronomer Carl Hergenrother first photographed Comet 209P/LINEAR in September 2013 and again in May 2014 (seen in video). The possible meteor shower may hold clues to how active the comet was in the past.