Science & Astronomy Archive
12 February 2015, 02:04 PM ET
NASA's New Horizon probe watched Charon and Pluto orbit a common center of mass that lies outside either body. Each full revolution takes 6.4 Earth days. The first image was snapped 126 million miles out; the last was ~5 million miles closer.
12 February 2015, 11:56 AM ET
New imagery by the Chandra X-ray Observatory of remnant G299.2-2.9 suggest that "a very lopsided explosion may have produced this Type Ia supernova.
12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Astronomers continue to search for signs of the universe's dramatic expansion just after the Big Bang, even after a highly publicized recent detection was determined to be a false alarm.
12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Mirage planets might be lurking out in the universe. Some alien worlds might look like they could be habitable, but in reality, could have burned away those chances for life, scientists think.
12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) probe celebrated five years in Earth orbit Wednesday (Feb. 11), and the space agency marked the milestone with two new videos celebrating the spacecraft's images and scientific accomplishments.
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
A private rocket carrying a space weather satellite, built to help warn Earthlings before a potentially dangerous solar storm strikes the planet, blasted off to orbit today from Florida.
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) beamed back its first data in June 2010, nearly 5 years later its still going strong with over 2 million images. This time-lapse shows multiple wavelength images captured by the probe.
11 February 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Opportunity has now covered 26.094 miles (41.994 kilometers) since touching down on Mars in January 2004, leaving the rover just 660 feet (200 meters) shy of the marathon milestone, NASA officials said today (Feb. 10).
11 February 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Four infant star siblings are gestating in the belly of a gas cloud, adding support to the theory that most stars are born with multiple siblings.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
A pair of newly discovered white dwarf stars that are rapidly orbiting each other are on their way to a catastrophic collision and a supernova explosion, astronomers say.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory acquired 200 million+ images in its past 1,826 days looking at the Sun. Goddard Space Flight Center pulled together these highlights for pure visual enjoyment in addition to cool science.
11 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
As though it’s about to devour distant stars and even space itself, the cometary globule CG4 glows threateningly in the above image. It can easily be seen why CG4 is sometimes referred to as God’s Hand.
10 February 2015, 08:15 PM ET
Learn about the science behind the northern and southern lights.
10 February 2015, 06:20 PM ET
The universe is smiling today — at least, that's what it looks like in a new space photo that appears to feature a smiling face emerging from the light of the universe.
10 February 2015, 03:36 PM ET
Elon Musk insists that Mars is a “long-term insurance policy” for “the light of consciousness” in the face of climate change, extinction events, and our recklessness with technology.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Life on the moon would be very different for explorers than life on Earth. See how in this Space.com infographic.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
10 February 2015, 02:34 PM ET
Seeming to form a question mark then a curlicue, a stream of superheated plasma erupted over a three hour period on Feb. 4, 2015. The fireworks were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
10 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
In this dreamy observation, staring down on Mars' south polar icecap, a European spacecraft has captured stunning ruddy swirls frozen in Martian ice, like cinnamon sprinkles and coffee mixing with the frothy milk atop a rich cappuccino.
09 February 2015, 10:20 PM ET
Europa is an icy moon of Jupiter and one of the four so-called Galilean moons.
09 February 2015, 05:17 PM ET
Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the universe, yet they can be hidden within the terabytes of data streaming off modern telescopes.
09 February 2015, 03:26 PM ET
One of the most sensitive detectors in human history just got a $200+ million upgrade — this week, join project scientists in a Reddit AMA.
09 February 2015, 02:55 PM ET
A stunning video shows the destruction of a robotic cargo ship re-entering Earth's atmosphere in November after delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
09 February 2015, 10:44 AM ET
The two white dwarf stars of planetary nebula Henize 2-428 will be drawn ever closer together over the next 700 million years, ultimately obliterating one another in a type 1A supernova
09 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
09 February 2015, 07:11 AM ET
A NASA rover on Mars is getting another taste of an ancient Martian mountain. The space agency's Curiosity Mars rover arrived at Mount Sharp in Gale Crater about five months ago, and since then, the 1-ton robot has drilled two samples from the tall mounta
09 February 2015, 07:10 AM ET
The definition of dark matter usually suggests that it doesn't interact with light at all, but that may not be entirely true. Two scientists say they may have a new way to find out just how dark is dark matter.
08 February 2015, 08:01 AM ET
From three moons transiting Jupiter to Pluto and it's moon, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 8, 2015.
07 February 2015, 11:05 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will monitor the solar winds and give NOAA forecasters better lead time for solar storms that can affect satellites, communication and power grids on Earth.
06 February 2015, 08:44 PM ET
The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system.
06 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
See photos and images from the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft built to map faint radiation from the Big Bang.
06 February 2015, 01:41 PM ET
The Milky Way galaxy is more than just stars: A spectacular new image captures the gas, dust, particles and magnetic fields that also occupy this cosmic neighborhood.