Science & Astronomy Archive
29 April 2015, 12:13 PM ET
The1.6m New Solar Telescope at the ground-based Big Bear Solar Observatory has captured unprecedented images of a twisting solar magnetic structure as it touches off ribbons of flares.
29 April 2015, 07:12 AM ET
If you ever wanted to take your starship on an intergalactic joyride, astrophysicists have got your back — they've just created the most detailed cosmic 3-D map to date, spanning an mind-boggling distance of 2 billion light-years.
29 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Messenger probe, which has been orbiting Mercury since March 2011, is nearly out of fuel and will smash into the planet on Thursday (April 30). NASA released a new Messenger video on Monday (April 27) as a tribute to the successful mission.
29 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Ever since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrived in the vicinity of dwarf planet Ceres, the world has been abuzz with theories as to what those mysterious white spots may be.
29 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A young star in Orion's dusty nebula roughly 1,400 light-years away has erupted after munching down gas and dust.
28 April 2015, 01:21 PM ET
The Senate voted unanimously April 27 to confirm Dava Newman as NASA's deputy administrator, more than six months after she was nominated.
28 April 2015, 12:14 PM ET
Relive 7 glorious years of exploration with this animation/actual imagery retrospective. Completely drained of fuel, the probe will slam into Mercury's surface at over 8,750 miles per hour producing a crater about 50ft (16m) in diameter.
28 April 2015, 07:05 AM ET
The NameExoWorlds contest has kicked off, allowing astronomy clubs and nonprofits to propose names for the stars and planets in 20 different extrasolar systems. The public will soon be able to vote on these proposed monikers.
28 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dawn arrived at the science orbit on Thursday (April 23), spiraling down to an altitude of 8,400 miles (13,500 kilometers), NASA officials said. The probe achieved this milestone on schedule, but not without a bit of drama.
27 April 2015, 01:47 PM ET
A research team has published some intriguing work in Nature Geoscience regarding transient liquid water and water activity at Gale crater on Mars – the exploration zone of NASA’s Curiosity rover.
27 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or NExSS, will take a multidisciplinary approach to the hunt for alien life, NASA officials said.
27 April 2015, 11:58 AM ET
Star cluster NGC 6388 seems to produce x-rays from a source other than its black hole, whose brightness decrease at a rate comparable to "theoretical models of a disruption of a planet."...
27 April 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Studying the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, should help researchers better understand the air of faraway exoplanets, a new study reports.
27 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Over 400,000 volunteer citizen scientists have helped to identify over 2 million new celestial objects and five new supernovas in a wealth of data collected by the SkyMapper telescope.
25 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
This week, NASA and the space science community celebrated 25 years since the launch and deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, an instrument with one of the greatest redemption stories in science history.
24 April 2015, 07:31 PM ET
In a geosynchronous orbit, a satellite orbits Earth at the same speed as the planet is turning, enabling it to stay in place over a single location.
24 April 2015, 06:10 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago, will never land in a museum. But that doesn't mean all of Hubble's history will be lost. The observatory's legacy will live on in the artifacts from its quarter-century (and more) observing the universe.
24 April 2015, 04:53 PM ET
An interview with photographer Michael Soluri, who chronicled the leadup to the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
24 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The star Tau Ceti, which lies just 11.9 light-years from Earth, is thought to host five exoplanets, two of which have been posited to be potentially habitable. But a new study throws some cold water on these worlds' life-supporting ability.
24 April 2015, 10:45 AM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a photo on April 8 that shows the car-size Curiosity rover cruising through a valley called Artist's Drive in the foothills of Mount Sharp.
24 April 2015, 10:01 AM ET
Kelsea Brennan-Wessels, from ESA's 'Earth From Space' series, leads you through a tour of the United States' peninsula with imagery from the Sentinel 1-A satellite.
24 April 2015, 07:49 AM ET
24 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
While Hubble is healthy now, the telescope is not immortal. Serious problems could conceivably crop up in a number of different Hubble systems.
24 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A study of Yellowstone's hot springs has revealed new clues about how organic materials might get preserved in similar environments on the Red Planet, bettering our chances of finding possible signs of life.
24 April 2015, 12:22 AM ET
Top astronomers to handpick the Hubble Space Telescope image that has the most scientific relevance to them.