Science & Astronomy Archive
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.
22 May 2014, 09:21 PM ET
In the early days of independent India, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, “It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty … of a rich country inhabited by starving people.”
22 May 2014, 03:44 PM ET
A new meteor shower from the Comet 209P/LINEAR could be a spectacular display tomorrow night (May 23). NASA's Bill Cooke discusses the rare Camelopardalid meteor shower on Space.com.
22 May 2014, 03:10 PM ET
A fresh pockmark half the length of a football field suddenly appeared on Mars in March 2012, pictures from a NASA satellite show. It's the biggest new impact crater scientists have confirmed on any planet by using before-and-after images.
22 May 2014, 12:04 PM ET
Space.com shadowed a group of students from the University of California, San Diego who were selected by NASA to test an experiment onboard a zero-gravity flight.
22 May 2014, 11:18 AM ET
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) 'corona-cam' captured close-ups of plasma falling and exploding away from the surface.
22 May 2014, 11:17 AM ET
A 36-year-old space probe that NASA once thought might be returned from space to be put into the Smithsonian may instead soon resume its original mission thanks a private group's attempt to reawaken the satellite.
22 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is enlisting amateur astronomers to hunt for killer space rocks. The space agency announced Wednesday (May 21) that it has signed a deal with the online observatory Slooh to get citizen scientists to track asteroids.
22 May 2014, 12:26 AM ET
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured the images in this amazing space wallpaper showing the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.
21 May 2014, 11:48 PM ET
Material blasted off Mars from meteor impacts may have scarred the surface of Phobos, one of the Red Planet's two tiny moons, a new study suggests.
21 May 2014, 05:59 PM ET
The possible new meteor shower in May has a bit of a tongue-twisting name. Here are some possibilities that NASA has heard.
21 May 2014, 01:26 PM ET
Some stars that give birth to Earth-like rocky planets only to later devour those same daughter worlds, and now scientists say they have a way to find the stellar cannibals.