Science & Astronomy Archive
17 February 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Life on Mars would be full of chilly weather, large dust storms and geological sights dwarfing anything on Earth.
17 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
From drone crashes to Harley rides — behind the scenes of the film "LIGO Generations."
17 February 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Students in the New York City public school system are currently competing for the chance to put a science experiment on the International Space Station, thanks to a new program at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.
17 February 2015, 12:31 PM ET
A mystery is brewing on Mars: Amateur astronomers spotted enormous plumes erupting off the Red Planet's surface, leaving scientists puzzled.
17 February 2015, 11:16 AM ET
Despite a space weather forecast of limited aurora activity, a tall band of green and striking red appeared over Sweden's Abisko National Park on 16 February 2015, captured in near real time by photographer Chad Blakley / www.lightsoverlapland.com
17 February 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A new study of emissions from Martian volcanoes suggests there is no activity going on right now, but researchers aren't ruling out recent eruptions.
17 February 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Plans to visit Europa, Jupiter's icy moon with a subsurface ocean, just became a bit more concrete. Scientists think the planet is one of the top places in the solar system that could support alien life.
16 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The Planck space telescope has been one of science's most powerful tools to explore the fabric of space-time.
15 February 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Using imagery from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope to observe starburst galaxy NGC 253 (Sculptor Galaxy), astrophysicists are mathematically peeling back layers of gas.
15 February 2015, 02:37 PM ET
In the end, ESA's final space station cargo freighter went out in a fiery blaze rather than the "big bang" of its namesake. The ATV-5, christened the "Georges Lemaître" after the Belgian astronomer, plunged into the Earth's atmosphere and was destroyed.
15 February 2015, 01:32 PM ET
On Feb. 15, 2013, a 66-foot-wide asteroid exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,200 people. Two years later, he origin of the space rock still puzzles scientists.
15 February 2015, 09:23 AM ET
Europe launched a prototype minishuttle on its first space test, SpaceX lofted the DSCOVR space-weather satellite, and scientists questioned whether dark matter is truly "dark." Here are Space.com's picks for the best space stories of the week.
14 February 2015, 12:40 PM ET
From a colorful cosmic "flower" to a smiley face in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 15, 2015.
13 February 2015, 08:24 PM ET
On Feb. 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft took a family portrait of the solar system, capturing Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Earth — which showed up as a "pale blue dot" — in a single view.
13 February 2015, 07:02 AM ET
The "Interstellar" visual-effects crew has published a scientific study describing the computer code that brought to life the wormhole and enormous black hole, dubbed "Gargantua," that played central roles in the film.
13 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An image captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows a supernova remnant called G299.2-2.9, which lies 16,000 light-years from Earth. The object's many different colors represent different wavelengths of X-ray light.
13 February 2015, 12:52 AM ET
In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.
12 February 2015, 04:05 PM ET
The new Pluto-Charon video was shot by NASA's New Horizons probe from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, as the spacecraft gears up for its epic Pluto encounter this July.
12 February 2015, 02:34 PM ET
In August 2014, ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft will rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deploy the Philae lander. See photos from the Rosetta comet probe.
12 February 2015, 02:29 PM ET
A European spacecraft orbiting a comet continues to beam incredible photos of the icy, dusty cosmic body back to Earth.
12 February 2015, 02:04 PM ET
NASA's New Horizon probe watched Charon and Pluto orbit a common center of mass that lies outside either body. Each full revolution takes 6.4 Earth days. The first image was snapped 126 million miles out; the last was ~5 million miles closer.
12 February 2015, 11:56 AM ET
New imagery by the Chandra X-ray Observatory of remnant G299.2-2.9 suggest that "a very lopsided explosion may have produced this Type Ia supernova.
12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Astronomers continue to search for signs of the universe's dramatic expansion just after the Big Bang, even after a highly publicized recent detection was determined to be a false alarm.
12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Mirage planets might be lurking out in the universe. Some alien worlds might look like they could be habitable, but in reality, could have burned away those chances for life, scientists think.
12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) probe celebrated five years in Earth orbit Wednesday (Feb. 11), and the space agency marked the milestone with two new videos celebrating the spacecraft's images and scientific accomplishments.
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
A private rocket carrying a space weather satellite, built to help warn Earthlings before a potentially dangerous solar storm strikes the planet, blasted off to orbit today from Florida.
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) beamed back its first data in June 2010, nearly 5 years later its still going strong with over 2 million images. This time-lapse shows multiple wavelength images captured by the probe.
11 February 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Opportunity has now covered 26.094 miles (41.994 kilometers) since touching down on Mars in January 2004, leaving the rover just 660 feet (200 meters) shy of the marathon milestone, NASA officials said today (Feb. 10).
11 February 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Four infant star siblings are gestating in the belly of a gas cloud, adding support to the theory that most stars are born with multiple siblings.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
A pair of newly discovered white dwarf stars that are rapidly orbiting each other are on their way to a catastrophic collision and a supernova explosion, astronomers say.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory acquired 200 million+ images in its past 1,826 days looking at the Sun. Goddard Space Flight Center pulled together these highlights for pure visual enjoyment in addition to cool science.