Science & Astronomy Archive
12 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Talk about "off-Earth roading." The car company Land Rover is partnering with the private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic to send the most adventurous people it can find into space.
12 September 2014, 06:32 AM ET
Two waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions.
11 September 2014, 06:52 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured September 10th, 2014's X1.6-class flare and ensuing coronal mass ejection (CME).
11 September 2014, 04:36 PM ET
Powerful solar flares from the sun this week may amplify the northern lights displays over parts of the northern United States through the weekend, space weather scientists say.
11 September 2014, 04:17 PM ET
On Sept. 10, 2014, the sun unleashed a massive X1.6-class solar flare aimed directly at Earth. Take a look at amazing photos of the solar storm and its effects on Earth in this Space.com gallery.
11 September 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists may have solved the mystery behind why giant hot Jupiter planets have such weird orbits. As these giant worlds drew close to their stars, they may force the stars into a chaotic wobble.
11 September 2014, 01:10 PM ET
The hot, wrinkled lava from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano shines bright in two new satellite images of the blazing eruption.
11 September 2014, 01:09 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity is heading to the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop (seen above the scale bar). The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged the 'Amargosa Valley' as it would appear to humans if placed on Earth.
11 September 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Venus does not have a magnetic field and is pounded by solar wind. NASA researchers have found clues that the Sun's magnetic field lines are behind the hole formations.
11 September 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta probe's Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
11 September 2014, 09:55 AM ET
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission can only study small areas of the Sun's surface at a time. This week’s mission planner pointed the probe at promising sunspot AR2158 just in time for an X1.6-class flare.
11 September 2014, 07:12 AM ET
A team of researchers has delineated the "Venus Zone," the range of distances from a host star where planets are likely to resemble Earth's similarly sized sister planet, which has been rendered unlivably hot due to a runaway greenhouse effect.
11 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The sun fired off strong flares Tuesday and Wednesday from a sunspot known as Active Region 2158, which will be the focus of a free webcast hosted today at 1 p.m. EDT by the online Slooh Community Observatory. Watch it here on Space.com.
11 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in August 2014.
10 September 2014, 05:24 PM ET
The sun unleashed an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — at 1:45 p.m. EDT today from an Earth-facing sunspot known as Active Region 2158. The flare poses no danger to anyone here on Earth, and orbiting astronauts are safe as well.
10 September 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Sunspot AR2158 produced a X1.6-class flare on September 10th, 2014. The site of the blast faced where Earth would be if a coronal mass ejection (CME) was emitted. Imagery not yet fully returned from orbiting observatories will be checked for this.
10 September 2014, 01:45 PM ET
Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe, and display a mysterious diversity in their appearance that have puzzled astronomers for more than two decades. Now, scientists think they have a method for solving that mystery.
10 September 2014, 01:20 PM ET
Having traveled 25 miles since landing in 2004, the long-lived NASA rover snapped an image that included several hundred yards of its tracks as it rolled along the rim of Along the rim of Mars Endeavour Crater on Mars.
10 September 2014, 12:53 PM ET
A tour of nearby cool objects takes us to W0855 which, researchers believe, has water and sulfides in its atmosphere. The icy body is as cold as the North Pole and 3 to 10 times larger than Jupiter.
10 September 2014, 07:02 AM ET
Stunning new photos taken by a telescope in Chile show an incredible grouping of stars that may help scientists solve a stellar conundrum.
10 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A New York Fashion Week event will showcase a line of silk scarves artfully printed with free-to-use images taken by NASA spacecraft like the Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
10 September 2014, 06:45 AM ET
An excerpt from "Curiosity," Rod Pyle's new book about NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission.
10 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The cluster is located about 90,000 light years away in the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy. Astronomers using Europe's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have been observing the cluster to measure levels of the element lithium in its stars.
09 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) completed several major external reviews earlier this year and is on target to break ground in the Chilean Andes before the end of 2014. The huge scope should begin observing the heavens early in the next decade.
09 September 2014, 01:41 PM ET
Sunspot AR2158 unleashed an M4.6-class flare on September 9, 2014. NASA estimates that the coronal mass ejection (CME) was moving pretty fast. According to Spaceweather.com, "it will deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field."
09 September 2014, 12:52 PM ET
The mission that will study the Red Planet's atmosphere will reach its target on September 21, 2014 at 10pm EST. Its transfer orbit and orbital insertion are explained.
09 September 2014, 06:44 AM ET
New research shows that an object, known as WISE J0304-2705 and classified as a Y dwarf, may have begun its evolution with a temperature as hot as a red dwarf star before settling on its present temperature, which is similar to Venus.
08 September 2014, 05:12 PM ET
The space rock flew within 21,000 miles of the surface of Earth on September 7th, 2014. A. Thirouin, B. Skiff, and N. Moskovitz analyzed the brightness variations using the Lowell Observatory's 1.1m Hall telescope in Arizona.
08 September 2014, 04:57 PM ET
A committee formed by the Nicaraguan government determined that a new, 39-foot-wide (12 meters) crater found near capital city Managua's international airport was blasted out by a space rock strike Saturday night. But experts aren't convinced.
08 September 2014, 12:55 PM ET
A brief history of those who braved the frosty frontier of the north from 325 B.C. to the 20th century. -- Part II - From Space: http://goo.gl/yZC6AR
08 September 2014, 12:48 PM ET
A brief history of orbital sea ice observatories from the Tiros weather satellites of the 1960's to the ICE-Sat 2 scheduled for launch in 2016. -- Part I: Pre-Space Age: http://goo.gl/7vTqwE
08 September 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Big slabs of ice are sliding over and under each other within Europa's ice shell, a new study suggests. The Jovian satellite may thus be the only solar system body besides Earth to possess an active system of plate tectonics.