Science & Astronomy Archive
11 August 2014, 03:00 PM ET
To capture celestial conjunctions, you only need a tripod and camera.
11 August 2014, 11:17 AM ET
NASA’s New Horizons snapped the big dwarf planet and its nearby moon for 5 days (July 19th-24th, 2014). Charon is 750 - 753 miles diameter, the largest known compared to the size of its host planet. Some consider Pluto-Charon a binary planet.
10 August 2014, 09:07 AM ET
A 36-year-old NASA spacecraft will begin a new interplanetary science mission today (Aug. 10) when it makes a close pass by the moon. You can watch the lunar flyby live online at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Here's how to watch.
08 August 2014, 04:30 PM ET
NASA has selected its latest batch of high-tech ideas for the future of space exploration, with the agency funding five bold concepts that range from an innovative asteroid-mapper to a colossal "orbiting rainbow" that could see objects in ultradeep space.
08 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Clouds of gas among the stars of one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way are revealed in an incredible new image, one of the most detailed wide-angle views ever taken.
07 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The solar system coalesced from a huge cloud of dust and gas that was isolated from the rest of the Milky Way galaxy for up to 30 million years before the sun's birth, a new study published online today (Aug. 7) in the journal Science suggests.
07 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Black holes may have grown incredibly rapidly in the newborn universe, perhaps helping explain why they appear so early in cosmic history. Early black hole may have sucked matter in from all around, rather than just from an accretion disk.
07 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Alien planets could host life well into their old age if they have companion worlds tugging at them, researchers say.
07 August 2014, 03:27 AM ET
Space may seem calm, but it is a more hostile environment than that on Earth.
06 August 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The full-length trailer for the Hawking biopic, which is called "The Theory of Everything," came out today (Aug. 6). The 2.5-minute trailer shows that the film will focus heavily on the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane.
06 August 2014, 01:22 PM ET
If you're a fan of the "Face on Mars," then you might just have a new best friend. A new photo from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has captured what appears to be a face on a comet in deep space, even if it's only a fun optical illusion.
06 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The most powerful supernovas in the universe may not always kill an exploding star, but instead leave behind a remnant 'zombie star,' astronomers say.
06 August 2014, 06:40 AM ET
“Are we there yet?” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast during the tense moments leading up to confirmation of a successful rendezvous, here’s a brief history of the Rosetta Mission; a brilliant success 20 years in the making.
06 August 2014, 06:27 AM ET
In August 2014, ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft will rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deploy the Philae lander. See photos from the Rosetta comet probe.
06 August 2014, 06:19 AM ET
“We’re there!” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast, this was the moment on 6 August 2014 when the Rosetta Mission team learned their spacecraft had successfully achieved a meet-up with comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
06 August 2014, 06:09 AM ET
Rosetta is a spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency with a 10-year mission to rendezvous with a comet.
06 August 2014, 04:45 AM ET
You are sailing across 3 million light years to Messier 33 in this view from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. Sparking with star clusters and red gas, the Triangulum Galaxy is 2nd closest spiral to our Milky Way.
05 August 2014, 06:19 PM ET
Only a handful of these rapid, millisecond-duration events, known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs), had been detected previously, all of them by a single instrument — the Parkes Observatory in Australia.
05 August 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Four astronauts took to the sea to test technologies that could be used in space. The tests came amid spectacular simulated "spacewalks" during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations mission.
05 August 2014, 01:40 PM ET
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft will enter comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko's orbit early Wednesday (Aug. 6) and you can watch the historic encounter live.
05 August 2014, 01:01 AM ET
Curiosity, which landed inside Mars' huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, is just 1,650 feet from an outcrop that’s part of Mount Sharp, the 3.4-mile-high mountain that’s drawing Curiosity like a big, dusty beacon in the Red Planet sky.
04 August 2014, 05:05 PM ET
Astronomers imaged three monster eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io over a two-week span in August 2013 and released the photos Monday (Aug. 4). The frequency of the blasts surprised researchers, who had recorded just 13 huge Io eruptions from 1978 to 2006.
04 August 2014, 03:09 PM ET
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has captured the closest images yet of its target comet 67P/C-G.
04 August 2014, 03:01 PM ET
In the future, astronomers could detect hints of alien life by scanning the atmospheres of distant worlds, researchers say. Such work would require the development and launch of big, sophisticated new space telescopes.
04 August 2014, 07:25 AM ET
The first successful NASA mission to the moon that paved the way for the Apollo landing celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
04 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
After a decade-long, 4-billion-mile (6.4 billion kilometers) trip through the solar system, a European spacecraft named Rosetta is about to do something none of its predecessors have done before: orbit a comet.
04 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks two years on Mars Tuesday (Aug. 5). The rover's first two years have been full of big finds, and researchers are eager to see what Curiosity finds when it scales the foothills of the towering Mount Sharp.
02 August 2014, 10:43 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
02 August 2014, 03:02 PM ET
From weird orbits of alien planets to a gecko-filled space capsule, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 2, 2014.
02 August 2014, 09:28 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday (Aug. 6). If all goes according to plan, Rosetta will on that day become the first probe ever to orbit a comet.
01 August 2014, 11:01 PM ET
Learn more about the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, set to catch up to a comet on Aug. 6, 2014.
01 August 2014, 09:42 PM ET
The art of Jon Lomberg spans decades — and light years.