Science & Astronomy Archive
08 September 2014, 12:55 PM ET
A brief history of those who braved the frosty frontier of the north from 325 B.C. to the 20th century. -- Part II - From Space: http://goo.gl/yZC6AR
08 September 2014, 12:48 PM ET
A brief history of orbital sea ice observatories from the Tiros weather satellites of the 1960's to the ICE-Sat 2 scheduled for launch in 2016. -- Part I: Pre-Space Age: http://goo.gl/7vTqwE
08 September 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Big slabs of ice are sliding over and under each other within Europa's ice shell, a new study suggests. The Jovian satellite may thus be the only solar system body besides Earth to possess an active system of plate tectonics.
08 September 2014, 11:27 AM ET
Reports of a loud boom were heard on the evening of Sept. 6, 2014 in the captital city of Managua. A crater was found the following afternoon.
08 September 2014, 06:50 AM ET
Instead of arriving at a bright, reflective, ice-covered heavenly body, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe found that its target comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, appears darker than charcoal in some wavelengths of light.
07 September 2014, 12:46 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
06 September 2014, 11:56 AM ET
From Comet Jacques to a coronal mass ejection, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Sept. 6, 2014.
06 September 2014, 10:34 AM ET
The near-Earth asteroid 2014 RC is buzzing Earth this weekend and the Slooh Community Observatory and Virtual Telescope Project will provide live webcasts tonight (Sept. 6). Here's how to see them.
06 September 2014, 08:09 AM ET
Pieces of the space rock that exploded over Russia in 2013 will go on sale at auction this month.
05 September 2014, 11:51 PM ET
The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this beautifully detailed space wallpaper of the galaxy Messier 33, often called the Triangulum Galaxy.
05 September 2014, 03:57 PM ET
After weeks of scrutinizing possible landing sites on a comet, European Space Agency managers of the Rosetta mission will reveal where they plan to set their lander, Philae, in an announcement Sept. 15.
05 September 2014, 10:19 AM ET
Scientists want your help sorting through gorgeous images of Earth at night snapped by orbiting astronauts. Studying such photographs could show how light pollution is affecting human health and reveal ways to save energy and improve public safety.
05 September 2014, 09:25 AM ET
A substance that was banned from use by the Montreal Protocol in 1987, carbon tetrachloride, still has a mysterious presence in the atmosphere. Levels of the substance has been declining, just not at the rate that was expected.
05 September 2014, 06:40 AM ET
In December 2013, researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope announced they had spotted evidence of geysers erupting from Europa's south polar region. But follow-up Hubble observations in January and February showed no signs of the plumes.
04 September 2014, 09:34 PM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows a striking pair of wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around both the young stars in the binary system HK Tauri.
04 September 2014, 03:28 PM ET
NASA's Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt is having a few clumsy moments, struggling with his sample collection bag and falling down on the moon.
04 September 2014, 12:06 PM ET
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked California's Napa Valley last month not only injured dozens of people and caused millions of dollars in damage, but it also warped the surface of Earth.
04 September 2014, 10:34 AM ET
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission's data ultimately ends up in the hands of scientists at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The long 'road' the data takes is explained.
04 September 2014, 07:17 AM ET
A bright moon of Saturn stands out against the dark background of the planet in a photo taken by a NASA probe studying the ringed wonder and its moons.
04 September 2014, 07:04 AM ET
A previously unknown asteroid spotted by a NASA telescope with a new lease on life is actually a comet, according to new observations.
04 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The northern lights are a stunning sight for people on Earth, but even astronauts can see the incredible light shows from outer space.
03 September 2014, 11:21 PM ET
In this amazing space wallpaper from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust.
03 September 2014, 08:48 PM ET
The space rock (named 2014 RC) was discover on August 31st, 2014 by the Catalina Sky Survey. Its closest approach, about 2:18pm EDT - September 7th, will be about one-tenth the distance from Earth to the Moon (~25,000 miles).
03 September 2014, 02:44 PM ET
An intense M5.6-class solar flare erupted on August 24th, 2014 and NASA's SDO and STEREO spacecraft were on hand to observe it.
03 September 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A new cosmic map is giving scientists an unprecedented look at the boundaries for the giant supercluster that is home to Earth's own Milky Way galaxy and many others.
03 September 2014, 12:44 PM ET
A NASA satellite watched as a huge filament of plasma that had been creeping across the face of the sun erupted yesterday (Sept. 2).
03 September 2014, 11:50 AM ET
If you have any predictions about the state of space exploration a decade from now, NASA would like to hear them. The agency is soliciting messages for a 'time capsule' to fly aboard its Osiris-Rex asteroid mission.
03 September 2014, 09:30 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of the filament that snaked across a huge area on the Sun. According to Spaceweather.com, "debris from the blast is hurtling in the general direction of Earth.
03 September 2014, 06:01 AM ET
A dark, spider-shaped cloud of cosmic gas blocks out light from stars in a new image taken by a telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.
03 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The La Silla Observatory's MPG/ESO 2.2m telescope observed the Lupus 4 cloud, which lies 400 light years from Earth. This light-blocking cloud will one day give birth to stars. Full Story: http://goo.gl/4omk50
02 September 2014, 05:03 PM ET
Electric sparks might have helped break down lunar soil, suggesting the moon may be significantly more active than previously thought. The phenomenon may take place throughout the solar system, from Mercury to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
02 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Alien organisms may betray their presence by pumping stinky chemicals into their home planets' skies, researchers say.