Science & Astronomy Archive
09 October 2014, 05:06 PM ET
NASA's fleet of Red Planet orbiters and rovers will be watching on Oct. 19, when Comet Siding Spring zooms within 87,000 miles of Mars.
09 October 2014, 02:15 PM ET
A strange exoplanet 260 light-years from Earth is showing signs of water vapor in its atmosphere, despite scorching temperatures that are hot enough to melt steel, scientists say.
09 October 2014, 02:01 PM ET
A densely packed star-forming galaxy is reproducing the events that brought light to the early universe.
09 October 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Many "warm Jupiter" alien worlds were probably pulled into their puzzling orbits by nearby planetary neighbors circling on a different plane. The results suggest that not all planetary systems are "flat" like our own solar system, researchers said.
09 October 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun. There are three types: The most dramatic is a total lunar eclipse. Find out when is the next one.
09 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Space agency scientists are developing two separate mission concepts, called Lunar Flashlight and the Resource Prospector Mission, to assess, and learn how to exploit, stores of water ice and other lunar resources. Both would launch by 2018.
09 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
After a 40-year search, astronomers have apparently found the first Thorne-Zytkow object, a hypothesized hybrid star thought to form when a red supergiant swallows a neutron star.
09 October 2014, 12:13 AM ET
Each of the colorful objects in this space wallpaper illustrates one of 30 merging galaxies. The contours in the individual galaxies show the signal strength from carbon monoxide while the color represents the motion of gas.
08 October 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The building phase of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope kicked off today with a groundbreaking/dedication ceremony near the top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea. If all goes according to plan, TMT should begin observing the heavens in 2022.
08 October 2014, 01:45 PM ET
The heart of at least one extremely bright X-ray source is a pulsing star rather than a black hole, a find that startled scientists.
08 October 2014, 01:44 PM ET
A black hole that is eating a star faster than scientists had ever thought possible is unleashing unusually bright X-ray signals that may help scientists understand a group of weird, superbright objects in deep space.
08 October 2014, 01:13 PM ET
The gravity of a 'pulsing' neutron star pulls in material from surrounding accretion disk. In this animation, the material is drawn into 2 spots above and below the core and is superheated releasing x-rays.
08 October 2014, 10:50 AM ET
A California energy company is using laser technology originally developed to search for methane on Mars to pinpoint natural gas leaks here on Earth.
08 October 2014, 09:48 AM ET
The sinuous feature, which was imaged on Sept. 30 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), extends for about 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) — about 100 times the width of Earth, agency officials said.
08 October 2014, 09:00 AM ET
An analysis of rocks brought back to Earth by NASA's Apollo missions suggests that most of the water trapped in rocks on the moon's surface originated from streams of solar particles rather than comet impacts.
07 October 2014, 04:34 PM ET
Edward C. Stone, now Thirty Meter Telescope Board's Vice-Chair, explains the technical specifications of the telescope and the science it will produce. Groundbreaking for the telescope occurred near the summit on Mauna Kea, Hawaii on Oct. 7th, 2014.
07 October 2014, 04:21 PM ET
With its adaptive optics and much larger aperture, the ‘TMT’ will deliver finer detail than the Hubble Space Telescope. Groundbreaking for the telescope occurred near the summit on Mauna Kea, Hawaii on October 7th, 2014.
07 October 2014, 01:23 PM ET
Record lows in sea ice have been recently recorded in the Arctic but ice around the opposite pole of the planet is on the rise. This is probably not due to climate stabilization:
07 October 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A lunar eclipse will take place on Oct. 8, 2014. See how to see it with the sky maps in this Space.com gallery.
07 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Huge galaxies have to eat their neighbors to keep growing, a new study reveals. A survey of 22,000 galaxies showed that the largest among them are nowhere near as good at creating stars as smaller ones. Instead, the massive galaxies snack on dwarf galaxie
07 October 2014, 12:13 AM ET
See images of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope, a giant observatory to peer deep into the universe from a mountaintop in Hawaii.
06 October 2014, 06:38 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the filament snaking across the surface for several days. Imagery from September 30th, 2014 to October 5th (when the it rotated out of view) have been compiled in this time-lapse.
06 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations but the vast distances between our galactic cousins will make contact extremely rare, a new study concludes.
05 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
04 October 2014, 11:01 AM ET
From a stunning image of the Red Planet from India's first spacecraft to a spectacular new photo showing a cluster of stars, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Oct. 4, 2014.
03 October 2014, 04:37 PM ET
Researchers suggest they may know why the Uranus moon Miranda resembles Frankenstein's monster, a jumble of mismatched parts: Constant squeezing and stretching from Uranus caused the moon to heat up and churn.
03 October 2014, 01:47 PM ET
A NASA satellite charged with staring at the sun captured an incredible image of the star bursting forth with a moderately sized solar flare Thursday.
03 October 2014, 11:17 AM ET
European space officials are eyeing four possible landing sites on Mars for a life-seeking rover that is set to launch in 2018.
03 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, which arrived in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August after a 10-year deep-space chase, has photographed jets erupting from the icy wanderer's surface.
02 October 2014, 06:10 PM ET
Sunspot AR2172-AR2173 erupted with an M7.3-class flare on October 2nd, 2014. The eruption was not Earth-directed, as it was on the Sun's western limb and rotating out of view (as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory).
02 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite observed an incredibly intense flare coming from DG Canum Venaticorum, a system of two red dwarfs located about 60 light-years from Earth. The eruption put to shame anything ever seen on the sun.
02 October 2014, 12:07 AM ET
There are many misconceptions about science, including how science advances. One half-truth is that unexpected research findings produce crises, leading to new theories that overturn previous scientific knowledge.