Science & Astronomy Archive
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.
30 April 2014, 01:00 PM ET
ESO's Very Large Telescope ‘zoomed into’ the star Beta Pictoris, 63-light years from Earth, to measure an 8-hour day on the star’s gas giant planet. Full Story: http://goo.gl/7VlzL5
30 April 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted "Sun tornadoes" spinning super-heated plasma off the surface and into Space. Magnetic forces pulled and stretched the plasma for a day (April 29-30, 2014) before sending it on a cosmic journey.
30 April 2014, 12:17 PM ET
When funds promised by the government for research into nuclear fission failed to materialize, scientists boldly threatened to make their work that would lead to the atomic bomb available to everyone — including Nazi Germany.
30 April 2014, 12:11 PM ET
The most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider, has not yet created any black holes as some have feared, researchers say. Even it did, there is no danger of those black holes destroying Earth, scientists find.
30 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Total solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a total solar eclipse? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
30 April 2014, 11:18 AM ET
Chuck & Sue Ruehle, w/ Mponda Malozo, are engaging young learners in rural Tanzania to pursue science, math and geography by giving them direct personal access to the universe: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/telescopes-to-tanzania
30 April 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun. There are three types: The most dramatic is a total lunar eclipse. Find out when is the next one.
30 April 2014, 07:09 AM ET
Scientists have been on the hunt for dark matter for decades. A new hypothesis now suggests that the strange invisible stuff could be made of microscopic, or quantum, black hole atoms.
30 April 2014, 07:02 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Proba-2 spacecraft captured video of the partial solar eclipse Tuesday (April 29), which on Earth was visible primarily from Australia and Indonesia.
30 April 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Neutrons bouncing in Earth's gravity have now shed light on two of the greatest mysteries in the universe, dark matter and dark energy, researchers say. See how studying neutron behavior on Earth may unlock the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy acr
30 April 2014, 02:22 AM ET
Sedna is a dwarf planet that is one of the most distant bodies found in our solar system.
30 April 2014, 01:44 AM ET
We know we live in an expanding universe but it’s also changing color and has been doing so for billions of years.
29 April 2014, 10:50 PM ET
Acquired on April 13, 2014 this space wallpaper shows a transect over the northern part of the Antarctica Peninsula. It was acquired in the satellite’s ‘strip map’ mode with a swath width of 80 km and in dual polarization.
29 April 2014, 12:10 PM ET
In July 2012, the NASA's Stereo-A spacecraft was impacted by the storm and its sensors revealed one of the most powerful solar storms in recorded history. Worst Solar Storms In History: http://goo.gl/RRJtMy
29 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The space agency announced Monday (April 28) that it has issued a Request for Information (RFI), officially seeking ideas from outside researchers about a mission that would study Europa and its subsurface ocean for less than $1 billion.
29 April 2014, 11:49 AM ET
ESA's PROBA-2 sun observatory captured the eclipse on April 29th, 2014. Its sun-synchronous orbit allowed the spacecraft to see the eclipse (partial eclipse seen from Australia) 4X from different positions.
29 April 2014, 11:01 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has spent the past few days studying a Martian sandstone slab, assessing whether or not to break out its drill and collect samples from the rock's interior.
29 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The universe is expanding — and it is doing so at the same rate in all directions, according to new measurements that appear to confirm the standard model of cosmology.
28 April 2014, 10:44 PM ET
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this eye-catching space wallpaper of planetary nebula Abell 33.
28 April 2014, 07:01 PM ET
The deadly tornado outbreak across the southeastern United States was tracked from space, as seen in this satellite video.
28 April 2014, 05:07 PM ET
Systems with close suns could result in more potentially habitable exomoons.
28 April 2014, 04:29 PM ET
A cloud of gas headed for the heart of the Milky Way could provide insight into how black holes are supersized.
28 April 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Tuesday's "ring of fire" solar eclipse won't be visible to most people here on Earth, but Europe's Proba-2 satellite will aim to capture images of the event for the whole world to see.
28 April 2014, 02:34 PM ET
Tornado touchdowns were reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi on April 27-28, 2014. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this video of the region. -- Aeriel Drone Surveys Damage: http://goo.gl/eKZW8W
28 April 2014, 11:32 AM ET
A brown dwarf as cold as the North Pole has been hiding remarkably close to our solar system. Using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered the dim, "failed star" lurking just 7.2 light-years away.
28 April 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Dark matter could sling lethal meteors at Earth, potentially causing mass extinctions like the cataclysm that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, Harvard scientists say.