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Science & Astronomy Archive
09 April 2014, 10:29 AM ET
The batteries that power NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter need sunlight to recharge, and the probe will fly in darkness for long periods during the total lunar eclipse, which will be visible throughout the Western Hemisphere on April 14 and 15.
09 April 2014, 09:30 AM ET
A cosmic diamond ring sparkles 2,500 light-years from Earth. A powerful telescope in Chile has captured an image of a planetary nebula — one of the last stages of life for a star like the sun — and a bright star looking eerily similar to a diamond ring.
09 April 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Shine bright like a diamond: A chance alignment of a blue planetary nebula, a vivid foreground star, and the ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile produces an apparition like an engagement ring.
08 April 2014, 11:29 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper is a radar image from the Cassini orbiter showing dark streaks carved into dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan.
08 April 2014, 05:41 PM ET
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun science operations in a new area of study nicknamed “the Kimberly” after the Western Australian region.
08 April 2014, 04:45 PM ET
'Super Planet Crash' challenges the public to create a planetary system with various kinds of objects, ranging from Earth-size planets to gas giants to more massive dwarf stars.
08 April 2014, 02:30 PM ET
Though UFO enthusiasts may beg to differ, mission team members say that a bright flash of light visible in two images taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and April 3 almost certainly has a perfectly ordinary explanation.
08 April 2014, 01:21 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory photographed what appears to be a beam of light emanating from the surface of the Red Planet on April 3rd, 2014. NASA has yet to make an announcement on what it may be.
08 April 2014, 11:52 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for April 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
08 April 2014, 08:11 AM ET
Europe's Sentinel-1 satellite will provide all-weather, day-or-night radar images for numerous operational services. See launch photos for the Sentinel satellite program's first launch.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA is working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars.
07 April 2014, 05:29 PM ET
On famously nauseating zero-gravity flights out of Houston this week, a group of engineering students will investigate how fires burn free of Earth's pull.
07 April 2014, 03:43 PM ET
A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a galaxy cluster so huge that it acts like a magnifying glass, warping and amplifying distant light from pale galaxies much father away in the background.
07 April 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Teams of engineers are rushing to put a robotic spacecraft on the moon in the Google Lunar X Prize competition. This week, the Science Channel and Discovery Channel announced that they will cover the moon race.
07 April 2014, 10:07 AM ET
Experts from the Norwegian Space Center and Norwegian Meteor Network agree that the rock seen flying by a skydiver wearing a wing suit is indeed, not of this world. Newsy's 'This Week in Space' also talks April's lunar eclipse and more.
07 April 2014, 10:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in March 2014.
07 April 2014, 09:19 AM ET
An M6-class flare erupted from a sunspot on the Sun on April 2nd, 2014 and was observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The bright magnetic burst is seen in two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light: 304 Angstroms and 171 Angstroms.
07 April 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The center of our Milky Way galaxy generates an excess of high-energy gamma rays, suggesting that some of the radiation is being produced by the annihilation of colliding dark matter particles, researchers said.
06 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
06 April 2014, 08:36 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover trundled 98 feet (30 meters) on Wednesday (April 2), topping a small hill that affords a good view of the surrounding area, which the mission team has dubbed "the Kimberley," officials said.
06 April 2014, 08:22 AM ET
New measurements by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope suggest that the cluster nicknamed "El Gordo" (Spanish for "the fat one") contains about as much mass as 3 quadrillion suns. That's 43 percent larger than previous work had estimated.
06 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
One of the most beautiful sights in the heavens is the view of our own Milky Way from the inside.
06 April 2014, 06:00 AM ET
See amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's iconic observatory in space.
05 April 2014, 04:04 PM ET
From images of a U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload launch into space to an amateur astronomer’s famous moon shot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 5, 2014.
05 April 2014, 08:36 AM ET
An amazing new video posted to YouTube this week purports to show a meteorite hurtling past a skydiver in Norway. The sheer improbability of this close encounter warrants skepticism. But if the video is a hoax, it's a pretty good one.
05 April 2014, 05:35 AM ET
The 2014 sequel to the classic science television show comes to Fox Network. See photos and images from the new incarnation 'Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey.'
04 April 2014, 05:31 PM ET
To express the motions of the universe, sometimes it helps to express the motions of modern dance.
04 April 2014, 03:30 PM ET
The massive earthquake that struck Chile on Tuesday (April 1) left three main European-built observatories in the region relatively untouched despite causing damage and a tsunami along the country's western coast.
04 April 2014, 07:33 AM ET
Saturn's moon Enceladus and the Jupiter satellite Europa both harbor subsurface seas and should be studied much more closer in the future, researchers say.