Science & Astronomy Archive
29 June 2014, 11:14 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
28 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
From the true size of sun's atmosphere to a trio of huge black holes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 28, 2014.
27 June 2014, 04:45 PM ET
The sun's volatile atmosphere is even bigger than scientists expected, a NASA spacecraft has revealed. The space agency's STEREO satellite found that the solar atmosphere, known as the corona, stretches 5 million miles above the sun's surface.
27 June 2014, 04:10 PM ET
Footage from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the mesmerizing flow of sound-like waves moving through the sun's corona.
27 June 2014, 10:43 AM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2), due to launch on July 1st, 2014, will study the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. It will dramatically incerease the observation of CO2, delivering important data on its sources and 'sinks'.
27 June 2014, 12:02 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows an exit hole through Kevlar–Nextel fabric after hypervelocity testing of the multilayer shielding for ESA’s ATV space freighter, simulating an impact by space debris.
26 June 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The NASA video shows the tense scene at mission control on the night of June 30, 2004, as the Cassini spacecraft prepared to execute a crucial engine burn that would allow it to enter orbit around Saturn.
26 June 2014, 01:25 PM ET
An astronomer has recreated the "Pillars of Creation," which the Hubble Space Telescope captured in a famous photo, using a computer simulation.
26 June 2014, 11:41 AM ET
A computer simulation shows how an interstellar cloud of gas and dust can collapse and expand over 1.6 million years, forming "elephant trunks" like the ones seen in the "Pillars of Creation." FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/4Ke1Sj
25 June 2014, 04:48 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface. The planet, known as Gliese 832c, lies just 16 light-years from Earth.
25 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have just discovered a distant galaxy with a trio of supermassive black holes at its core. The new finding suggests tight-knit groups of these giant black holes are far more common than previously thought.
25 June 2014, 09:50 AM ET
Earth's nearest star has bad weather too. The sun's bad weather, however, is more than just a little rain and lightning. Huge droplets of hot plasma about the size of Maine fall from the sun's outer atmosphere (the corona) down toward its surface.
25 June 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Recent observations from the largest solar telescope on Earth reveal a never-before-seen look at fine structures on the sun.
25 June 2014, 07:22 AM ET
Using vintage telescope data, scientists have attempted to map Pluto's icy depths before a NASA spacecraft reaches the distant dwarf planet in 2015.
24 June 2014, 06:04 PM ET
The asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources and citizen-science site Zooniverse have teamed up to launch Asteroid Zoo, which asks people around the world to scour image archives for undiscovered space rocks that zoom close to Earth.
24 June 2014, 04:59 PM ET
The electrically charged gas falls from the Sun's corona to the surface. The 'coronal rain' was captured by Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST).
24 June 2014, 04:37 PM ET
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite spotted a spike of X-ray emission coming from more than 70 galaxy clusters. The X-rays could be generated by the decay of one type of dark-matter particle.
24 June 2014, 03:06 PM ET
The mysterious signal was detected by NASA's X-Ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in the Perseus galaxy cluster and 73 others. Scientists think that this may be the work of a hypothetical particle called a sterile neutrino.
24 June 2014, 02:36 PM ET
The Big Bear Solar Observatory has delivered high definition views of a sunspot. The data will be used to unravel mysteries presented by these dark and concentrated magnetic fields.
24 June 2014, 09:20 AM ET
Scientists have identified what is possibly the coldest known white dwarf. In fact, this dim stellar corpse is so cold that its carbon has crystallized, effectively forming a diamond the size of Earth, astronomers say.
24 June 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Curiosity wraps up its 687th day on Mars today (June 24), NASA officials said, meaning the 1-ton robot has completed one lap around the sun on the Red Planet.
23 June 2014, 06:05 PM ET
A new 3D map of the Milky Way puts the dust that permeates the galaxy on display in great detail. Astronomers mapped the dust between stars in the Milky Way to create the colorful photo that spans the part of the galaxy seen from Earth's Northern Hemisphe
23 June 2014, 04:44 PM ET
When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft leaves the solar system, it will carry with it a digital message from people on Earth.
23 June 2014, 04:02 PM ET
Jupiter's largest moons don't go completely dark when the giant planet blocks their sunlight. The discovery could reveal more about Jupiter's upper atmosphere, which may keep the moons lit when they are not directly illuminated by the sun.
23 June 2014, 09:09 AM ET
NASA Cassini mission images from July 2013 of Titan's Ligeia Mare region show an island that was not there in previous imagery. What could it be?: http://goo.gl/f0hNPs
23 June 2014, 07:15 AM ET
A mysteriously bright anomaly winked in and out of existence on the seas of Saturn's largest moon, Titan — potentially the first time waves, bubbles or some other unknown features have been seen there, scientists say.
20 June 2014, 10:21 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
20 June 2014, 10:02 PM ET
From a strange gas stream blotting out a galaxy's bright core to perfect espresso in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 21, 2014.
20 June 2014, 05:55 PM ET
A celebrated and controversial astrophysics discovery is about to receive even more scrutiny. In March, a team of astronomers announced that they had spotted the signature of primordial gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background (CMB).
20 June 2014, 03:28 PM ET
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with which the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will rendezvous in early August, shows no signs of the dust cloud it sported in April and May, new photos reveal.
20 June 2014, 01:31 PM ET
A new observatory high in the mountains of Mexico is combining high altitudes and tanks of extra-pure water to attempt to solve one of the greatest unanswered questions in all of physics.
20 June 2014, 12:50 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics observatory captured imagery of dark strands of plasma erupting away from the surface of the Sun on June 19th, 2014. The ensuing coronal mass ejection was captured by the NASA / ESA SOHO observatory.