09 January 2014, 02:36 PM ET
Just a few hundred thousand times our Sun's mass, the hungry singularity in dwarf galaxy 47 Abell 1795 munched on a nearby star for at least 6 years, while the Chandra X-ray Observatory watched.
09 January 2014, 02:28 PM ET
A solar flare that erupted on the sun this week could intensify the northern lights, and perhaps bring dazzling auroras as far south as Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
09 January 2014, 11:09 AM ET
Some 15 million light years away, lies the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 83) and its 'double' nucleus. It is believed that it may contain a single supermassive black hole that has a lopsided disc of star orbiting it, creating the appearance.
09 January 2014, 08:00 AM ET
According to a new model, tectonically active "super-Earth" exoplanets likely store most of their water in the mantle, leaving exposed continents and oceans that would create a stable climate such as that of Earth.
08 January 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Shelf-stable foods and crops grown onsite form the menu of the crews at the Mars Desert Research Station in rural Utah.
08 January 2014, 03:22 PM ET
The five Great Lakes, in all their glory, barely peak out from the veil of clouds and whooshing snowfall above them in a new satellite image captured Monday (Jan. 6) as the Arctic's polar vortex barreled southward.
08 January 2014, 03:18 PM ET
The 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) began Sunday (Jan. 5) and runs through Thursday (Jan. 9). See images released during the conference.
08 January 2014, 03:08 PM ET
The supermassive singularity at the center of our galaxy (Sgr A*) flares in X-ray radiation every 5 - 10 days. Astronomers swing NASA’s Swift XRT spacecraft to spy on the 4 million solar mass black hole every few days.
08 January 2014, 02:16 PM ET
An ultraprecise new galaxy map is shedding light on the properties of dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be responsible for the universe's accelerating expansion.
08 January 2014, 11:02 AM ET
This amazing space wallpaper is Gemini Planet Imager’s first light image of Beta Pictoris b—a planet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. The star, Beta Pictoris, is blocked in this image by a mask so its light doesn’t interfere with the light of the planet.
08 January 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (StSci) are experimenting with 3D printers to deliver Hubble imagery to the vision impaired. It is also useful as a learning tool for sighted people.
08 January 2014, 09:52 AM ET
Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com) captured the intense northern lights over Abisko National Park in norther Sweden on January 7th, 2014. The powerful Solar x-flare on the same day may deliver auroras even further south by Jan. 9th.
08 January 2014, 08:10 AM ET
A huge solar flare from the sun has delayed the launch of Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station today (Jan. 8). See what it means for the mission here.
08 January 2014, 06:55 AM ET
Kepler officials have been invited to submit a funding proposal by Jan. 31 for a new mission called K2, which would effectively extend the telescope's life by using its two reaction wheels to keep Kepler stable.
08 January 2014, 06:55 AM ET
Two independent studies used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture galaxies from the early universe. One spotted galaxies 100 times fainter than previous detections, while the other captured galaxies up to 20 times brighter than similar galaxies.
08 January 2014, 12:11 AM ET
A massive solar flare erupted from the sun on Tuesday (Jan. 7), rising up from what appears to be one of the largest sunspot groups seen on the star's surface in a decade, NASA officials say.
07 January 2014, 05:10 PM ET
A new set of breathtaking photos reveals a never-before-seen deep view of the universe. Released as the first "Frontier Fields" view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the new images mark the deepest-ever observations of a cluster of galaxies.
07 January 2014, 04:31 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744. The image shows some of the faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in space.
07 January 2014, 04:02 PM ET
Violent storm clouds and molten iron rain may be common occurrences on the failed stars known as brown dwarfs, new research suggests. Astronomers found changes in brightness that they believe signify the presence of storm clouds.
07 January 2014, 03:15 PM ET
An X1-class flare erupted from sunspot AR1944 on Jan. 7th, 2014. A geomagnetic storm may affect Earth, possibly resulting in radio interference, or even electrical blackouts. Earlier in the day, a less powerful M-class flare was recorded as well.
07 January 2014, 02:38 PM ET
A fast-spinning star packed tightly with two white dwarf companions may be the best test yet of Einstein's theory of general relativity.
07 January 2014, 01:27 PM ET
Astronomers have detected thousands of planets outside of the solar system, but little is known about their composition. Now, the Gemini Telescope's Planet Imager enables scientists to image exoplanets directly.
07 January 2014, 11:16 AM ET
Popular astrophysicst Neil deGrasse Tyson lectured other astronomers on the importance of putting scientific information in managable, relatable segments.
07 January 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Five rocky planets are among a slew of newly discovered alien worlds found by NASA's prolific Kepler spacecraft.
06 January 2014, 06:29 PM ET
Were life's origins aided by the impacts of asteroids and comets?
06 January 2014, 04:37 PM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper is an artist's illustration of Supernova 1987A, which is based on real data and reveals the cold, inner regions of the exploded star's remnants (in red) where tremendous amounts of dust were detected and imaged by ALMA.
06 January 2014, 04:01 PM ET
A whirling onslaught of frigid air, known as a polar vortex, moves menacingly over the northern United States in a new photo from a weather satellite in orbit.
06 January 2014, 03:37 PM ET
There's a new kind of planet to add to Kepler's cornucopia of alien worlds, and you won't find it in Earth's own solar system. Many of the newfound orbs, described here today (Jan. 6) at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, have a rocky core.
06 January 2014, 02:51 PM ET
NASA Fermi observatory makes the first gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens with an observation of Blazar B0218+357 behind a massive spiral galaxy. The gravity of the galaxy bends and amplifies the light of the blazer.
06 January 2014, 02:16 PM ET
The exoplanet candidate KOI-314c, which lies about 200 light-years away, is roughly as massive as Earth but is 60 percent larger, thanks to an extremely thick atmosphere, researchers said.
06 January 2014, 01:22 PM ET
Kepler-69c, also known as KOI 172.02, is a planet candidate discovered by the Kepler space telescope. It is a "super-Earth" that could hold water on its surface.
06 January 2014, 10:49 AM ET
The Cassini Saturn probe goes though vibration and thermal testing in preparation for its four year mission.