Science & Astronomy Archive
02 March 2015, 04:00 PM ET
NASA's Dawn probe is scheduled to slip into orbit around Ceres — the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) Friday, wrapping up a deep-space chase that lasted two-and-a-half years.
02 March 2015, 02:50 PM ET
In less than two weeks, NASA will launch a new group of satellites to study the sometimes beautiful, sometimes dangerous phenomenon of magnetic reconnection. This energetic event can wreak havoc on satellites and power grids, or create amazing auroras.
02 March 2015, 02:36 PM ET
NASA's Dawn Mission sent back the best imagery yet showing many craters and unusual bright spots. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists believe they reveal how the planet "formed and whether its surface is changing."
02 March 2015, 12:58 PM ET
In NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, 4 identical space craft will study 'magnetic reconnection' when magnetic fields lines from the Sun cross paths with Earth releasing bursts of energy toward the ground.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile snapped a spectacular photo of Comet Lovejoy, formally known as C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), on Dec. 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey.
02 March 2015, 03:00 AM ET
Space.com attended this year's Toy Fair to find the best space-based toys on the market. Here are some of the most awesome things we saw there.
01 March 2015, 12:41 PM ET
Astronomers discovered the most gigantic black hole yet known and Leonard Nimoy — Mr. Spock from the beloved "Star Trek" series — passed away at the age of 83. Here are Space.com's pics for the top space stories of the week.
01 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dawn is scheduled to reach Ceres — the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — Thursday night. The probe has been headed for Ceres since September 2012, when it departed Vesta, the asteroid belt's second-biggest denizen.
28 February 2015, 09:14 PM ET
We all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name.
28 February 2015, 08:37 PM ET
Indigenous Australians have been developing complex knowledge systems for tens of thousands of years. These knowledge systems - which seek to understand, explain, and predict nature - are passed to successive generations through oral tradition.
28 February 2015, 03:32 PM ET
From a record-setting parafoil flight to a newly-tested space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 1, 2015.
27 February 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Why is Taurus the Bull so mad? He's being chased by bees! The Pleiades, that is. Look for Taurus, the Pleiades and many other celestial sights in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months.
27 February 2015, 04:00 PM ET
A recently launched NASA satellite has just deployed its giant antenna in preparation to collect unprecedented data about soil moisture around the world.
27 February 2015, 02:21 PM ET
It has long been assumed that the size of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy's core is intimately related to the number of stars that galaxy contains -- but it might not be that simple.
27 February 2015, 10:52 AM ET
A new way to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity could imply that the age of the universe is infinite, and that there was no true Big Bang that started it all.
27 February 2015, 09:39 AM ET
Data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory was converted into 3D imagery of 2 storms over the United States on Feb. 17th and 21st, 2015.
27 February 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Curiosity drilled into a rock called Telegraph Peak on Tuesday (Feb. 24), collecting sample powder for analysis by its onboard instruments. The rover has now drilled into three different rocks at the base of the towering Mount Sharp.
27 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. NGC-2276-3c, which lies about 100 million light-years from Earth, appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole.
26 February 2015, 04:28 PM ET
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite can measure global precipitation (rain and snow) every 30 minutes. The data has been transformed into high resolution imagery that tracks the movement of precipitation over the entire globe.
26 February 2015, 04:26 PM ET
Did life come to Earth from the shattered rocks of a distant star?
26 February 2015, 04:18 PM ET
Tyson will receive the Academy's most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, in recognition of his extensive efforts to get the public excited about science.
26 February 2015, 02:25 PM ET
The Aragoscope would consist of an orbiting space telescope sitting behind an opaque disc up to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) wide. This disc would be made of a black plastic material, similar to a garbage bag.
26 February 2015, 01:50 PM ET
An interview with Frank Drake, who conducted the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) experiment in 1960 and came up with a famous equation that estimates the possible number of alien civilizations.
26 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
The European Very Large Telescope's MUSE instrument took a deeper dive into the famous Hubble Deep Field and discovered more galaxies than the Hubble Space Telescope. MUSE data also reveals elements of galactic motion.
26 February 2015, 06:01 AM ET
Astronomers have just released a brand-new, best-ever 3D view of the deep universe, and it's a doozy.
25 February 2015, 05:40 PM ET
New photos captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which is scheduled to arrive in orbit around Ceres on the night of March 5, reveal that a puzzling bright spot within a large crater on the dwarf planet's surface has a buddy of sorts.
25 February 2015, 05:29 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered the largest and brightest black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old.
25 February 2015, 03:40 PM ET
An American astronaut found water inside his spacesuit helmet at the end of an otherwise flawless spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Feb. 25), but he was never in any danger, NASA officials say.
25 February 2015, 02:52 PM ET
What does it take to craft an invisibility cloak?
25 February 2015, 12:16 PM ET
A new alien planet-hunting tool found no trace of a failed star more than 100 light-years from Earth, puzzling astronomers.
25 February 2015, 11:38 AM ET
2015 an exciting year for solar system exploration and discovery.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The far side of the moon undergoes phases of light and dark, just like the side facing Earth. A new video featuring images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings those phases to light.