Science & Astronomy Archive
06 August 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Africa looked awash in splotches of dusty pink, vibrant green and a swirl of white clouds in an image snapped Tuesday (Aug. 4) by Europe's newest weather satellite, according to an announcement from the European Space Agency.
06 August 2015, 11:23 AM ET
Scientists remain puzzled as to the composition of bright material on a tall cone-shaped peak, as imaged by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. The mountain is odd in that it is not the central spire of a crater.
06 August 2015, 07:04 AM ET
While it's not quite beaming onto a spacecraft, a "Star Trek" celebrity will take part in a special NASA flight to observe the universe.
06 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Here's a rundown of the six exoplanets NASA regards as the most Earth-like alien worlds discovered to date.
06 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
One year ago today (Aug. 6), Europe's Rosetta spacecraft slipped into orbit around a comet and began making observations that would reshape researchers' ideas about these icy leftovers from the solar system's early days.
06 August 2015, 12:05 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently caught the moon crossing Earth's face in a stunning video that shows off the mysterious lunar far side.
05 August 2015, 04:36 PM ET
The newfound galaxy, known as EGSY8p7, lies about 13.2 billion light-years from Earth — meaning astronomers are now seeing the mass of stars as it existed just 600 million years or so after the Big Bang that created the universe.
05 August 2015, 04:15 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2015.
05 August 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Thirty-two exoplanets will get new names that were chosen in an open vote by the general public. The naming announcement will come next week (Aug. 11) at an international meeting of astronomers.
05 August 2015, 10:26 AM ET
Orbiting 1 million miles ‘sunward’ of Earth, a four megapixel CCD camera/telescope captured Luna crossing over the Pacific Ocean from the Deep Space Climate Observer’s point of view on July 16th, 2015.
05 August 2015, 07:50 AM ET
From the safety of space, NASA observed the most powerful storm of the year.
05 August 2015, 07:34 AM ET
The sun's ultimate destiny will mirror the vivid new photos of this ghostly bubble, the glowing remnant of a slowly dying star.
05 August 2015, 07:09 AM ET
The remains of a dying star, planetary nebula ESO 378-1, have been imaged by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. These type of nebula are created from a star's death throws, as gas is ejected and expands.
05 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Curiosity landed on the night of Aug. 5, 2012, pulling off a dramatic and unprecedented touchdown with the aid of a rocket-powered "sky crane" that lowered the 1-ton rover gently to the Martian surface via cables.
05 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has given the go-ahead to a mission called Lunar IceCube, a public-private partnership that will send a tiny cubesat to do water-ice prospecting from an elliptical orbit around the moon.
04 August 2015, 04:15 PM ET
An icy moon of Saturn has mysterious red arcs of material crisscrossing its surface — and no one knows exactly how they got there.
04 August 2015, 03:43 PM ET
The new image captures the satellites Dione and Mimas, with Saturn a blurry behemoth looming in the background. Sunlight is hitting the moons at such an angle that they seem to be staring up at the ringed planet.
04 August 2015, 03:16 PM ET
As NASA gears up for the launch of its next great space telescope in 2018, a model-making team is asking for help to create miniature versions of the huge observatory for public outreach.
04 August 2015, 10:39 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's investigation of Gale Crater and its central peak Mt. Sharp has revealed a geology prominently shaped by liquid flows.
04 August 2015, 09:32 AM ET
Channels "carved into the steep-sided walls" of canyons in Mars’ Atlantis Chaos lowland plains, suggest vast amounts of water once flowed here. The Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera snapped cliffs, impact craters, basins weathered hills..
04 August 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of Pluto on July 14 is revolutionizing researchers' understanding of the faraway dwarf planet. The epic encounter could also help spur future ambitious exploration missions, mission team members say.
04 August 2015, 07:04 AM ET
NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft, or OSIRIS-REx, is progressing through assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) at a Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company facility in Denver.
04 August 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Undergraduate students at San Jose State University have identified the two densest galaxies ever found — and a new video simulation depicts how such tiny, dense groups of stars might form and encompass an oversize black hole.
03 August 2015, 05:56 PM ET
After an accidental fire in December ripped apart The Mars Society's greenhouse at a facility in rural Utah, the group is asking the public to help raise money for a new one.
03 August 2015, 05:16 PM ET
NASA has selected three finalists for its next Small Explorer astrophysics mission and two finalists for the even smaller Explorer Missions of Opportunity Line, the U.S. space agency said July 30,
03 August 2015, 04:24 PM ET
The Perseid's peak On Aug.13th, and the lack of moonlight creates the possibility of seeing up to 100 meteors per hour. All eight planets are visible and with a telescope, former planet Pluto, Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas can be spotted.
03 August 2015, 04:02 PM ET
The team behind NASA's New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever Pluto flyby last month, has named some Charon craters after characters from the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises, including Darth Vader and Capt. James T. Kirk.
03 August 2015, 10:17 AM ET
Enormous stars collapse in ultramassive supernova explosions — now in 3D! For the first time ever, researchers have turned back the clock on a star's final moments to simulate how wrinkles in its violent collapse trigger a vast explosion.
03 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Climate modelers go back in time to simulate past Snowball Earth conditions and find that complete freeze-over is hard to achieve.
03 August 2015, 06:59 AM ET
Astronomers from all over the world are gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss the most cutting edge space science around. Members of the public can join the scientists for talks and stargazing events.
03 August 2015, 06:38 AM ET
Signs life on planets outside our solar system could be found in exoplanet atmospheres, but possible "false positives" are making scientists cautious.
02 August 2015, 02:18 PM ET
An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in's top news stories of the week.