Science & Astronomy Archive
03 May 2014, 09:35 AM ET
The 2014 sequel to the classic science television show comes to Fox Network. See photos and images from the new incarnation 'Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey.'
03 May 2014, 09:25 AM ET
The Fox TV series "Cosmos" will delve into the origins of our home planet Earth on Sunday (May 4), and actress Amanda Seyfried will use her voice to help the science show do it.
03 May 2014, 08:34 AM ET
A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday (May 3), but posed no threat to our planet. The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles (299,338 kilometers) of Earth
03 May 2014, 03:53 AM ET
Astronomers use many terms to describe what happens during an eclipse, and this glossary shows some of the more common things they say.
02 May 2014, 05:30 PM ET
Gamma-ray bursts, the brightest flashes in the universe, may give off an afterglow full of light waves that move in corkscrew-shaped spirals, sort of like the filtered light that makes watching 3D movies possible, new research shows.
02 May 2014, 04:27 PM ET
A congressional defense panel is recommending that the U.S. Defense Department spend $220 million next year to develop an American alternative to the Russian-made RD-180 engine that powers the first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket.
02 May 2014, 12:42 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 HL129 will fly nearly 187,000 miles away (.7 Lunar distance) from Earth on its closest approach on May 3rd, 2014. It is an estimated 32-feet-wide.
02 May 2014, 11:02 AM ET
A robotic probe exploring the planet Saturn and its moons has captured an amazing photo of another ringed wonder: Uranus.
02 May 2014, 11:00 AM ET
See images of the ringed planet from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.
02 May 2014, 09:00 AM ET
A look into the foundations of relativity, and how Einstein's subsequent fame affected his later science.
02 May 2014, 07:10 AM ET
A crowdfunded team of engineers, programmers and citizen scientists aims to bring out of retirement the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) probe, which launched in 1978 and ceased science operations in 1997.
02 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory probe watched the dark-hued twister churn and ultimately erupt over the course of April 29-30. Mission scientists used the spacecraft's imagery to create an 18-second-long video of the dramatic solar tornado.
02 May 2014, 03:32 AM ET
Redshift and blueshift describe how light changes as objects in space move closer or farther away from us.
01 May 2014, 11:39 PM ET
Through astronomy, people in rural Tanzania are gaining a new perspective on the universe.
01 May 2014, 05:50 PM ET
NASA's Morpheus lander logged another test flight on April 30th, 2014. Its Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) identified its primary landing site and targeted the location for landing.
01 May 2014, 05:08 PM ET
Wind and dust conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa can help predict a meningitis epidemic.
01 May 2014, 04:54 PM ET
Through simulations of twisting magnetic fields around collapsing cores of massive stars, Caltech astrophysicists study the previously puzzling appearance of certain double-lobed remnant nebulae. Such fields may contribute to black hole formation.
01 May 2014, 03:59 PM ET
To mark the launch of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in theaters this week, NASA is touting "Spiders in Space," a free educational e-book touting the space agency's experiments to study how spiders react to weightlessness in space.
01 May 2014, 03:36 PM ET
See photos of the mysterious tilted planet Uranus.
01 May 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Like its famous neighbor Europa, the huge Jovian satellite Ganymede might have an ocean of liquid water in contact with a rocky seafloor, a new study reports. This arrangement would make possible all sorts of interesting chemical reactions.
01 May 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Models show that Mars should be about as big as Earth if gas and dust were distributed smoothly throughout the protoplanetary disk that surrounded the newborn sun 4.5 billion years ago. But Mars is just 10 percent as massive as our world.
01 May 2014, 10:22 AM ET
A 'moon bounce performance' is slated using artwork in collaboration with visual artist, Daniela DePaulis, and the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in The Netherlands.
01 May 2014, 09:46 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for May 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 May 2014, 07:14 AM ET
Dark matter and dark energy are elusive, invisible phenomena scientists have long been searching for, but their existence has only been inferred by monitoring their effects on the observable universe. Will scientists ever truly 'see' dark matter?
01 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have proposed a number of particles as candidate components of mysterious dark matter, which is so named because it apparently neither emits nor absorbs light. The hunt is on to find and characterize these exotic particles.
01 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists hope space-grown crystals of the protein behind Huntington's disease could help them better understand the deadly neurodegenerative disorder.
01 May 2014, 01:22 AM ET
Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy is a comet on its way to the outer solar system. It survived a close brush with the sun in December 2011. It is one of four comets discovered by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
01 May 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2014.
30 April 2014, 02:44 PM ET
The International Sun-Earth Explorer Cometary Explorer (ISEE-3 / ICE) – launched in 1978 – makes its closest approach to Earth in August 2014.
30 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The alien planet Beta Pictoris b 63 light-years from Earth has a day that lasts just eight hours. See photos and images of the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b in this Space.com gallery.
30 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The equator of Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant about 10 times more massive than Jupiter, is moving at about 62,000 mph (100,000 km/h), researchers said — far faster than any planet in our solar system.
30 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
On Beta Pictoris b, a planet still forming nearly 64 light-years away, a day lasts only 8.1 hours.