Science & Astronomy Archive
17 April 2014, 10:16 AM ET
NASA will announce a new discovery by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope today, and you can following the unveiling live online. Space agency officials and scientists will host a live news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).
17 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
This 14-hour exposure surfaces a wide range of galaxy types halfway across space-time to the beginning of the universe. Some are colliding and combining. The image depicts energy at visible and infrared wavelengths.
17 April 2014, 01:10 AM ET
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a telescope array that peers through stardust to see planetary systems under construction.
16 April 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Filmmaker Kai Staats joins leading researchers from the LIGO team to share the motivations behind "LIGO: A Passion for Understanding."
16 April 2014, 11:03 AM ET
Noctilucent clouds are seeded by meteorites burning up in the atmosphere and form at Earth's polar regions. Researchers have found correlations with the appearance of these clouds and Earth's climate.
16 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A distant group of hot, young stars cause a cloud of hydrogen gas to glow a rosy red 7,300 light-years from Earth in the latest amazing view from a telescope in Chile.
16 April 2014, 06:32 AM ET
Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shook and shaped Mercury's surface for billions of years, a new study finds, surprising scientists who had thought the phenomenon was impossible on the sun-scorched planet.
16 April 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The powerful radiation emitted from the stellar nursery of nebula Gum 41 illuminates the surrounding gas. ESO's MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope imaged the nebula through blue, green and red filters along with a special filter that pulls out the red glow.
16 April 2014, 01:50 AM ET
The Sombrero Galaxy, also called M104 or NGC 4594, is about 28 million light-years from our planet in the constellation Virgo. It is so named because the halo surrounding its disc is unusually large, making it look like a sombrero.
15 April 2014, 10:48 PM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper, taken during a time lapse set at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is another dramatic Ultra High Definition photograph from the ESO Ultra HD Expedition.
15 April 2014, 05:15 PM ET
A fire ravaging the scenic city of Valparaiso, Chile, is visible from satellite on April 13, 2014. So far, 15 people have died in the fire, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.
15 April 2014, 03:39 PM ET
In a new image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station, the Grand Canyon stretches across the Colorado Plateau. Entrance to the National Park is free this weekend, April 19 and 20, 2014.
15 April 2014, 12:52 PM ET
A newly released documentary brings the hunt for ripples in the fabric of space-time — called gravitational waves — into focus, and you can watch it live on Space.com.
15 April 2014, 12:31 PM ET
You would see is a solar eclipse (on the Earth-facing side). A 'Ring of Fire' would circle Earth and a reddish hue would blanket your abode. - Lunar Eclipse From Earth Time-Lapse: http://goo.gl/fBh9Wm
15 April 2014, 11:30 AM ET
The large 4 engine turboprop P-3B Orion airplane was built for the Navy in the 1960's. Today it is flying low over glaciers for NASA's Operation Icebridge.
15 April 2014, 09:35 AM ET
On Tuesday (April 15), Space.com will premiere a new documentary "LIGO, A Passion for Understanding" by filmmaker Kai Staats, which follows scientists using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) to hunt for gravitational waves.
15 April 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA captured this time lapse imagery of the ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse, from moments before Earth completely blocked the Moon's view of the Sun until full totality when the moon is fully bathed in ‘umbral shadow.’
15 April 2014, 08:53 AM ET
Photographs taken by NASA's Cassini probe in April 2013 show a bright arc about 750 miles long and 6 miles wide at the edge of Saturn's outermost ring. This arc was probably created by the gravity of a small, icy object nearby — possibly a newborn moon.
14 April 2014, 10:32 PM ET
This space wallpaper was acquired by the satellite's onboard camera on 4 April, just hours after Sentinel-1A entered orbit on April 3, 2014. It shows the top side of one of two deployed solar array wings as well as part of the radar antenna.
14 April 2014, 08:08 PM ET
Objects at the Solar System's edge could one day show scientists how life arose on Earth. That's because many of these objects could contain organics, carbon-based material that are ingredients of life.
14 April 2014, 06:31 PM ET
Many attendees of the Pluto Science Conference in July 2013 referenced it as a planet. NASA's New Horizon mission, that will deliver the first reconnaissance of Pluto in 2015, will help resolve the long debate.
14 April 2014, 02:39 PM ET
NASA planetary scientist Dr.Shawn Domagal-Goldman explains why this phenomenon occurs and also why Earth will experience a tetrad or 4 lunar eclipses in nearly 18 months. Total Lunar Eclipse Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/TjZIzU
14 April 2014, 01:16 PM ET
More than 900 people are working to achieve what Einstein thought impossible: Detection of gravitational waves from cataclysmic events billions of light years away. Until now, we've been deaf to our Universe. We're about to turn on our ears.
14 April 2014, 12:14 PM ET
A powerful scientific tool set to come online in 2015 could help scientists spot gravitational waves, ripples in space-time born from violent cosmic crashes light-years from Earth.
14 April 2014, 12:14 AM ET
This space wallpaper from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows a contrasting pair of galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller companion NGC 1317 (right).
13 April 2014, 07:02 PM ET
Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space. The next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will deliver the Veggie experimental farm.
13 April 2014, 12:13 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
12 April 2014, 09:01 PM ET
From images of Europe's first earth-watching satellite launched into space to a hard-to-kill star, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2014.
12 April 2014, 07:38 AM ET
SpaceX's third Dragon cargo mission is packed with 5,000 lbs. of vital supplies, including some intriguing technology and science experiments. See some of the best experiments riding the Dragon in this Space.com infographic.
12 April 2014, 03:17 AM ET
Despite frozen shutters and cracking film, Victor Rogus captured the 2000 lunar eclipse.
12 April 2014, 02:30 AM ET
Astrophysicists are getting to the depth of dark matter.
11 April 2014, 07:22 PM ET
A solar flare erupted from an active region on the Sun on April 4th, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a close-up view of the turning and shifting plasma.