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Science & Astronomy Archive
12 February 2014, 05:50 AM ET
A powerful jet shooting from a supermassive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy shines in a newly released image and video tour.
11 February 2014, 06:09 PM ET
A writhing, violent region below the surface of the sun glows in a newly released video. Scientists created the video using data collected by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft (IRIS, for short).
11 February 2014, 05:52 PM ET
An Earth-watching satellite has spotted the latest winter storm threatening to paralyze the southeastern United States Tuesday (Feb. 11).
11 February 2014, 03:19 PM ET
NASA's Asteroid Initiative, started in 2013, includes a mission to capture a small near-Earth asteroid and drag it into a stable orbit around the moon, and a challenge to find the best ideas for finding and defending Earth from dangerous space rocks.
11 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Saturn's auroras dance in a new video that shows the planet's northern and southern lights shining in amazing, 360-degree detail. The video, released by NASA today (Feb. 11), shows multiple views of the planet's auroras in different wavelengths of light.
11 February 2014, 02:37 PM ET
The four "cubesats," each about the size of a loaf of bread, were deployed from the space station this morning. Twenty-four more will join them over the coming days, filling out the "Flock 1" fleet operated by San Francisco-based startup Planet Labs.
11 February 2014, 01:44 PM ET
See photos and images from the European Space Agency's Gaia mission to map the Milky Way galaxy.
11 February 2014, 12:07 PM ET
A new European spacecraft tasked with mapping a billion stars beamed its first picture back to Earth. The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft aimed its gaze a dense young cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud for a test image.
11 February 2014, 11:40 AM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped ultraviolet and infrared imagery of Saturn’s auroras in April & May, 2013. High energy electrons interacting with hydrogen molecules in the planet's atmosphere create the phenomenon.
11 February 2014, 11:22 AM ET
Dancing plasma rippling through the Sun's atmosphere, astonishing solar explosions and time-lapsed sunspots photographed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s many lenses during 2013. The probe launched from Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 11th 2010.
11 February 2014, 11:10 AM ET
As NASA launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory on Feb.11th 2010, the booster’s pass thru Mach 1 (“sound barrier”) produced a visible trace. The transonic wave interacted with a sundog, refracted light from high altitude ice crystals (video @ 1:45)
11 February 2014, 09:27 AM ET
This space wallpaper combines a photograph of seasonal dark flows on a Martian slope with a grid of colors based on data collected by a mineral-mapping spectrometer observing the same area. Image released Feb. 10, 2014.
11 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A planet-hunting project is snapping pictures of alien worlds or other objects orbiting nearby stars. Project 1640 is designed to probe the atmospheres of exoplanets to create new, low-resolution images of the planets and their stars.
10 February 2014, 08:36 PM ET
What's new under the Sun? NASA's IRIS probe has taken an unusually detailed and deep look at the interface region beneath the Sun’s surface. It is much more violent and explosive than researchers previously believed.
10 February 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Astronomers may have found the oldest known star in the universe. The ancient star formed not long after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, according to Australian National University scientists.
10 February 2014, 04:09 PM ET
A light-colored object on a dark background appears larger than a dark object on a light background, until recently, no one knew why. Now, a study suggests that a difference in how the brain's cells respond to light and dark could explain the illusion.
10 February 2014, 04:04 PM ET
The marks, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), snake down some crater walls and other slopes when the mercury rises on the Red Planet. New research finds seasonal changes in iron minerals at RSL sites, suggesting that brines containing an iron antifree
10 February 2014, 03:37 PM ET
A new deep view of the universe from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed one of the youngest galaxies ever observed by astronomers.
10 February 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The constellation of 4 European Space Agency ‘Galileo' satellites, that will provide highly accurate global positioning to Europe, has passed its validation phase. The entire system will be 30 satellites - completion expected by 2019.
10 February 2014, 02:16 PM ET
See spectacular photographs of Earth from space by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station during the Expedition 38 mission in 2013 and 2014.
10 February 2014, 01:42 PM ET
This vivid space wallpaper shows a region of the planet’s northern hemisphere known as Hephaestus Fossae – after the Greek god of fire – that was imaged by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express orbiter on Dec. 28, 2007.
10 February 2014, 12:10 PM ET
New images of galaxy Centaurus A, equivalent to a single Chandra X-Ray telescope exposure nearly 10 days long taken between 1999 and 2012, shows bright jets from a supermassive black hole. A dark dust lane is a fossil of an ancient galaxy collision.
10 February 2014, 07:14 AM ET
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
10 February 2014, 06:59 AM ET
Worlds with twin suns like Luke Skywalker's fictional home world Tatooine in "Star Wars" may be born far from the stellar heart of their alien solar systems, scientists say.
09 February 2014, 12:10 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 February 2014, 12:35 PM ET
From incredible images of Sochi Winter Olympics venues as seen from space, to Mars rover Curiosity’s first photo of the Earth taken from the surface of the Red Planet, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 8, 2014.
07 February 2014, 04:50 PM ET
See photos of Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, from space, and see how the Olympic torch launched into space for a spacewalk relay in this SPACE.com gallery.
07 February 2014, 04:25 PM ET
The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin with an extravagant opening ceremony today (Feb. 7), and even NASA has embraced the spirit of the games by snapping satellite views of Olympic venues from orbit.
07 February 2014, 02:20 PM ET
This north-looking space wallpaper, acquired on Jan. 4, 2014, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the Sochi Olympic Park Coastal Cluster in Russia.
07 February 2014, 01:49 PM ET
NASA's Messenger spacecraft is the first dedicated to orbiting Mercury, the solar system's innermost planet.
07 February 2014, 01:19 PM ET
The new world of tele-anesthesiology and tele-surgery is practiced in high altitude Utah by MarsCrew134. The crew's executive and medical officer Dr. Susan Jewell discusses.
07 February 2014, 10:51 AM ET
A probe orbiting Mercury has beamed more than 200,000 images to ground controllers on Earth, and it's still going strong.