Science & Astronomy Archive
16 January 2015, 09:30 AM ET
Scientists announced today (Jan. 16) that NASA's sharp-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted Beagle 2, which was part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.
16 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Asteroids have long been regarded as planetary building blocks. But they may actually be byproducts of planet formation, born when violent collisions smashed protoplanets apart, a new study suggests.
16 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 22,000 pieces of space junk at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide are now being tracked in Earth’s orbit. Cleaning up this mess — and preventing it from getting worse — will take a sustained international effort, experts say.
16 January 2015, 12:46 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows a swirling starscape above ESO’s La Silla Observatory. Also, if you look very closely, you can see not one, but three horizontal trails from three separate planes, moving from left to right in the sky.
15 January 2015, 10:41 PM ET
Dark matter and dark energy can't be seen, but that doesn't mean they don't yield stunning images.
15 January 2015, 02:50 PM ET
Alien planets that orbit close to their parent stars may be at high risk of the ultimate hot-cold scenario, with one side stuck in permanent daylight while the other shrouded in everlasting night.
15 January 2015, 12:43 PM ET
NASA's SMAP’s (Soil Moisture Active Passive) large antenna will give let the satellite measure wide swaths of land. Obtaining worldwide soil moisture measurements every 2 or 3 days, SMAP may boost crop productivity, protect forests and ameliorate flo
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Sugars may form in the types of ice found in deep space — a finding that could help to explain how comets and meteorites could have seeded the primordial Earth with key ingredients for life.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe today (Jan. 15) began its six-month approach to Pluto, which will culminate with the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover began conducting "mini-drill" tests on a rock dubbed Mojave this week, to assess the stone's suitability for a full-up drilling and sample-collection operation.
14 January 2015, 05:40 PM ET
A large asteroid about a third of a mile wide will buzz safely by Earth on Jan. 26, and mark the planet's closest encounter with a space rock of its size until 2027.
14 January 2015, 05:01 PM ET
Beauty not only inspires mathematics, it can solve for it.
14 January 2015, 03:38 PM ET
Ten years ago today (Jan. 14), humanity got its first up-close look at Saturn's huge moon Titan, a bizarre, frigid world that may be capable of supporting life as we know it.
14 January 2015, 03:23 PM ET
A NASA space telescope has spotted a colossal black hole chowing down on gas from a distant collision between two doomed galaxies.
14 January 2015, 02:52 PM ET
NASA data shows that average sea ice totals have dropped significantly, with a precipitous fall between 2002 and 2008. Sea level rise is a direct result of sea ice loss.
14 January 2015, 01:28 PM ET
For the probe landing’s 10th anniversary, a new sequence has been rendered from Huygens’ Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) data. The craft landed on Saturn’s largest moon on 14 Jan 2005.
14 January 2015, 01:14 PM ET
The sun released its first significant solar flare of 2015 on Monday night, and started off the New Year with a BANG! See the video
14 January 2015, 10:32 AM ET
On Jan. 26th, 2015, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will become the largest known space rock to fly this close to Earth (nearest approach = ~745,000 miles).
14 January 2015, 07:40 AM ET
The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) photographed the crater, which lies in the Red Planet's equatorial Elysium Planitia region, on Dec. 2, 2014.
14 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, scientists have refined their ability to nail down the ages of individual stars by measuring the objects' mass and how quickly they rotate.
14 January 2015, 06:00 AM ET
12 telescopes of the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) at the European Southern Observatory at Paranal, Chile have begun to measure stellar brightness over time to spot of Neptune-sized and smaller planets in orbit around far away stars.
13 January 2015, 11:40 PM ET
Crowdfunding is attempting to pick up where federal funding has left off.
13 January 2015, 04:05 PM ET
Company founder (and theoretical physicist) Dr. Mark G. Jackson explains how reduced government funding has challenged discovery in the field of physics. His company aims to connect researchers with donors.
13 January 2015, 03:25 PM ET
The UK Space Agency is holding a news conference Friday (Jan. 16) to provide an update on Beagle 2, which was supposed to touch down on Dec. 25, 2003, but is thought to have crashed.
13 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Astronomers like to get creative when naming their projects and collaborations. Acronyms from this year's American Astronomical Society meeting included SLoWPOKES, ASAS-SN, ANGST and AGHAST.
13 January 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Like a multi-petal flower, an M5-class flare erupted from the sun on Jan. 12th, 2015 prodding the magnetic field phenomenon. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks in multiple wavelengths.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Researchers were able to pinpoint the Saturn system's center of mass, or barycenter, within about 2 miles — a 50-fold improvement over the best estimates provided by ground-based telescopes, NASA officials said.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Hundreds of organisms, ranging from bacteria to lichens, can band together to create biological soil crusts in order to survive in tough conditions.
13 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's recent simulation considered what to do if a space rock similar to or larger than the one that exploded over Russia in February 2013 came close to our planet.
12 January 2015, 04:05 PM ET
The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, planned to launch on Jan. 29, will improve drought tracking in the United States and around the world.
12 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy recently spit out the largest X-ray flare ever seen in that region, astronomers reported this week at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
12 January 2015, 08:12 AM ET
Opportunity took the photo on Tuesday (Jan. 6) from atop "Cape Tribulation," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater. The summit sits about 440 feet (135 meters) above the surrounding plains, NASA officials said.