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Science & Astronomy Archive
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.
04 April 2014, 07:14 AM ET
NASA's moon-orbiting LADEE probe (short for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) is expected to impact Earth's only natural satellite sometime on or before April 21 after it runs out of its remaining fuel.
03 April 2014, 07:16 PM ET
Volcanology has come a long way since the days of Pompeii. Now, satellite-based systems offer a way of measuring whether a volcano is likely to erupt soon.
03 April 2014, 05:21 PM ET
Enceladus has an extensive water ocean under its icey crust, feeding water jets that emerge from near the south pole.
03 April 2014, 02:32 PM ET
See photos and images of Vancouver-based UrtheCast's HD cameras from their perch on the International Space Station in this Space.com gallery.
03 April 2014, 02:13 PM ET
UrtheCast released images taken by its orbiting HD equipment for the first time today, posting two photos captured on March 28 by its medium-resolution camera. One picture is centered on a Jamaican town, while the other shows part of Venezuela.
03 April 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Enceladus' ocean is about 6 miles deep and lies beneath a shell of ice 19 to 25 miles thick. Further, it's in direct contact with a rocky seafloor, theoretically making possible all kinds of complex chemical reactions.
03 April 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Using data from a close fly-by of the moon by NASA Cassini probe, researchers have suggested that there is something dense beneath 18 to 24 miles of ice. Liquid water is the most likely suspect, Sapienza Università scientist Luciano Less explains.
03 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are drawing up a low-cost mission concept that would send a robotic spacecraft to Phobos or Deimos, one of Mars' two tiny satellites.
03 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The space agency issued a request for information on Monday in an attempt to find partners who wish to use the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified Boeing 747 jet that scans the heavens using an 8.2-foot-wide telescope.
03 April 2014, 12:17 AM ET
This space wallpaper is a collage of galaxies in the Herschel Reference Survey at infrared/submillimetre wavelengths by Herschel (left) and at visible wavelengths from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS, right).
02 April 2014, 04:32 PM ET
An observatory in Chile has caught sight of a cosmic killer: a galaxy that has destroyed at least one of its galactic neighbors.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The moon, Earth's only natural satellite, formed about 95 million years after solids started forming in the solar system. Learn more about how Earth's nearest neighbor evolved.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
After gazing up at the moon for thousands of years, we're still not exactly sure how it came to be. Here's a brief rundown of the most prominent theories scientists have come up with to explain the moon's origin.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have pinned down the birth date of the moon to within 100 million years of the birth of the solar system — the best timeline yet for the evolution of our planet's natural satellite.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The dusty surface of small asteroids is born by extreme temperature shifts between periods of sunlight and darkness, a cycle of drastic changes that break up space rocks over time, scientists say.
02 April 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The moon is Earth's nearest neighbor, but its origins date back to a violent birth billions of years ago. See how the moon was made in this Space.com infographic.
02 April 2014, 10:23 AM ET
Strange stripelike features in Earth's magnetic field are caused by the planet's spin, and not by the constant bombardment of solar particles as previously thought, scientists say.
02 April 2014, 09:55 AM ET
New satellite photos reveal the astonishing damage from a deadly landslide that swept through the small town of Oso, Wash., earlier this month.
02 April 2014, 06:42 AM ET
Tiny space rocks called "minimoons" already cruise near Earth and would make interesting targets for manned exploration, advocates say.
02 April 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘Rapacious’ Galaxy NGC 1316 has devoured many other galaxies during its violent history. Fossils of this mayhem can be seen in new imagery from ESO’s La Silla Observatory. In comparison, galaxy NGC 1317's spiral arms are sound.
02 April 2014, 12:20 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist's concept depicting NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars.
01 April 2014, 06:00 PM ET
NASA has developed a line of tiny spacecraft based on commercial smartphones, in an attempt to demonstrate how well cheap, off-the-shelf electronics can perform and survive in the space environment.