Science & Astronomy Archive
14 January 2015, 01:14 PM ET
The sun released its first significant solar flare of 2015 on Monday night, and started off the New Year with a BANG! See the video
14 January 2015, 10:32 AM ET
On Jan. 26th, 2015, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will become the largest known space rock to fly this close to Earth (nearest approach = ~745,000 miles).
14 January 2015, 07:40 AM ET
The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) photographed the crater, which lies in the Red Planet's equatorial Elysium Planitia region, on Dec. 2, 2014.
14 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, scientists have refined their ability to nail down the ages of individual stars by measuring the objects' mass and how quickly they rotate.
14 January 2015, 06:00 AM ET
12 telescopes of the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) at the European Southern Observatory at Paranal, Chile have begun to measure stellar brightness over time to spot of Neptune-sized and smaller planets in orbit around far away stars.
13 January 2015, 11:40 PM ET
Crowdfunding is attempting to pick up where federal funding has left off.
13 January 2015, 04:05 PM ET
Company founder (and theoretical physicist) Dr. Mark G. Jackson explains how reduced government funding has challenged discovery in the field of physics. His company aims to connect researchers with donors.
13 January 2015, 03:25 PM ET
The UK Space Agency is holding a news conference Friday (Jan. 16) to provide an update on Beagle 2, which was supposed to touch down on Dec. 25, 2003, but is thought to have crashed.
13 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Astronomers like to get creative when naming their projects and collaborations. Acronyms from this year's American Astronomical Society meeting included SLoWPOKES, ASAS-SN, ANGST and AGHAST.
13 January 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Like a multi-petal flower, an M5-class flare erupted from the sun on Jan. 12th, 2015 prodding the magnetic field phenomenon. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks in multiple wavelengths.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Researchers were able to pinpoint the Saturn system's center of mass, or barycenter, within about 2 miles — a 50-fold improvement over the best estimates provided by ground-based telescopes, NASA officials said.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Hundreds of organisms, ranging from bacteria to lichens, can band together to create biological soil crusts in order to survive in tough conditions.
13 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's recent simulation considered what to do if a space rock similar to or larger than the one that exploded over Russia in February 2013 came close to our planet.
12 January 2015, 04:05 PM ET
The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, planned to launch on Jan. 29, will improve drought tracking in the United States and around the world.
12 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy recently spit out the largest X-ray flare ever seen in that region, astronomers reported this week at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
12 January 2015, 08:12 AM ET
Opportunity took the photo on Tuesday (Jan. 6) from atop "Cape Tribulation," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater. The summit sits about 440 feet (135 meters) above the surrounding plains, NASA officials said.
11 January 2015, 08:00 AM ET
From alien planets to star clusters, the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society featured talks on amazing space science discoveries from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2015.
09 January 2015, 10:44 AM ET
NASA's CATS instrument — which is set to launch toward the orbiting lab early Saturday aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule — will track clouds and tiny particles of dust, smoke and pollution in Earth's atmosphere that influence climate.
09 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Intriguing features photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity probably don't have a biological origin, mission team members say.
08 January 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new viewof the Andromeda Galaxy. The new mosaic image represents the sharpest and largest mosaic image of the Milky Way's galactic neighbor ever taken, Hubble officials said.
08 January 2015, 01:50 PM ET
Travel to distant alien worlds with two suns, red grass and strong gravity in three retro exoplanet posters produced by an artist working with NASA.
08 January 2015, 01:37 PM ET
The nearby protoplanetary system HD142527 shows shadows from inclined material which may be shepherded by a planet in a highly angled orbit.
08 January 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The full moon happens once a month. Find out when.
08 January 2015, 12:45 PM ET
Find out the current moon phases. The moon cycles through eight phases every month.
08 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
After pointing the Allen Telescope Array at a newly-found exoplanet discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, SETI reports there is no transmitting alien civilization. But the search continues.
08 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Just a year after opening its eyes, the Gemini Planet Imager has already detected unexpected differences between two sister exoplanets and helped characterize the ring of dust and rocky bodies surrounding a young star.
07 January 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Newly announced discoveries by NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest that the first true alien Earth may not elude planet hunters for much longer.
07 January 2015, 02:50 PM ET
7500 light-years away, Eta Carinae's pair of ‘superstars’ (30 and 90 solar masses) outshine our Sun more than 6 million times over, whipping up a frenzy of stellar winds.
07 January 2015, 11:20 AM ET
The Higgs boson, the so-called 'God particle,' could have destroyed the universe shortly after the Big Bang, but the force of gravity saved the cosmos, scientists say.
07 January 2015, 07:13 AM ET
A telescope in Chile has captured a striking 'dark nebula' acting as a cosmic shroud to hide hundreds of baby stars from view about 700 light-years from Earth. See the images and video.
07 January 2015, 07:10 AM ET
The Lynds Dark Nebula 483 (LDN 483), located 700 light-years away in the constellation Serpens, blocks hundreds of background stars from the view of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.