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Science & Astronomy Archive
30 March 2014, 10:08 PM ET
An X1-class flare erupted from sunspot AR2017 on Mar. 29th, 2014. NASA's SDO captured the fireworks and NASA's SOHO captured the resulting coronal mass ejection. A magnetic crochet rippled Earth's magnetic field when the flare was in progress.
30 March 2014, 01:45 PM ET
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29 March 2014, 02:36 PM ET
From rings around an asteroid to a shimmering rainbow of colors captured on camera above Venus, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2014.
28 March 2014, 03:18 PM ET
Twice in the past two weeks the Mars rover Opportunity has experienced "cleaning events" that have blown some of the rusty powder away, allowing more sunlight to fall on the solar arrays, giving the six-wheeled rover a seasonal power-up.
28 March 2014, 02:34 PM ET
HR 5171, the brightest star just below the center of this stunning space wallpaper, is a yellow hypergiant, a very rare type of stars with only a dozen known in our galaxy.
28 March 2014, 02:07 PM ET
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory could be as significant an innovation as the telescope. This story of passionate creative researchers striving to understand the fabric of our Universe premieres Tuesday April 15 at Space.com.
28 March 2014, 11:45 AM ET
The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" that grow into the monsters at the core of the Milky Way and other large galaxies — are probably surprisingly weighty, containing 1,000 to 10,000 times the mass of our sun, a new study reports.
28 March 2014, 11:15 AM ET
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson will explore the ways light, time and gravity effect our perceptions of the universe as he travels faster than the speed of light and into the depths of a black hole on the next episode of Cosmos: A Sky Full of Ghosts.
28 March 2014, 11:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for April 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
28 March 2014, 09:29 AM ET
When a small NASA-funded rocket launched off planet Earth this month in a dazzling liftoff, it wasn't headed for the final frontier. Instead, the rocket had a closer target: the northern lights dancing over Alaska.
27 March 2014, 04:56 PM ET
See photos and images of the Mars-bound comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will buzz the Red Planet on Oct. 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring was discovered in January 2013. Its pass through the inner solar system will be closely watched by Mars probes.
27 March 2014, 03:09 PM ET
A new Hubble image, captured on March 11, shows what appear to be two jets of dust coming off the nucleus of Comet Siding Spring, which on Oct. 19 will miss Mars by just 84,000 miles — about one-third the distance between Earth and the moon.
27 March 2014, 02:45 PM ET
A series of four lunar eclipses spaced 6 months apart will begin on April 15th, and all of the eclipses will be visible for much of the United States.
27 March 2014, 02:03 PM ET
On its Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA hopes to 'encapsulate' an asteroid using a robot ship – and also remove a boulder – before bringing the mass in range of astronauts to perform some, yet unexplained, tasks.
27 March 2014, 11:55 AM ET
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission, to be performed by robots, may attempt to lift a piece of loose rubble from a massive Near Earth Asteroid and return it for analysis. Here is one way this might be done.
27 March 2014, 11:50 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory completed the largest census of dust in galaxies near the Milky Way, studying over 300 galaxies in an attempt to nail down the properties of an important ingredient for the birth of stars and planets.
27 March 2014, 11:35 AM ET
More possible debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that is thought to have crashed in the Indian Ocean earlier this month was spotted by Thai satellites, according to search officials.
27 March 2014, 10:55 AM ET
See infrared images of deep space from European Space Agency's prolific Herschel Space Telescope.
27 March 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Until we understand the limits of life, it will be difficult to determine if alien planets can host any lifeforms, scientists said at a conference Monday (March 17).
27 March 2014, 10:00 AM ET
A new analysis of data collected by NASA's WISE spacecraft revealed no sign of the mysterious Planet X hypothesized to exist in the outer solar system. But scientists are keeping up the search for a planet or dim star far from the sun.
27 March 2014, 09:56 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper is an artist's illustration showing what the rings surrounding the asteroid Chariklo may look like from a distance.
27 March 2014, 06:57 AM ET
The mysterious dark energy that's driving the universe's accelerated expansion may have its roots in the background "vacuum energy" that pervades all of the cosmos, a new study suggests.
26 March 2014, 07:20 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an orbit diagram for the outer solar system. The sun and terrestrial planets are at the center. The orbits of the four giant planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are shown by purple solid circles.
26 March 2014, 05:34 PM ET
NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today released the first images from a new satellite that can image precipitation on Earth in 3D
26 March 2014, 05:05 PM ET
The scar of the deadly landslide that devastated a small community near Oso, Wash., over the weekend can be seen from space.
26 March 2014, 02:02 PM ET
Scientists have made a stunning discovery in the outer realm of the solar system — an asteroid with its own set of rings that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus. The space rock is the first non-planetary object ever found to have its own ring system
26 March 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two rings similar to those around the brilliant planet Saturn. See images and artist views of the asteroid's strange rings in this Space.com gallery.
26 March 2014, 02:01 PM ET
See images and photos of the icy world 2012 VP113, a potential dwarf planet at the extreme edge of the solar system, in this Space.com gallery.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
New observations from telescopes in South America of asteroid (10199) Chariklo, as it passed in front of a distant star, have revealed rings. Astronomers believe the rings may be partially composed of water ice.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The newfound object, called 2012 VP113, joins the dwarf planet Sedna as a resident of a far-flung region called the "inner Oort Cloud." Further, 2012 VP113 and Sedna may have been pulled into their odd orbits by a big, undiscovered planet.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Chariklo is the first asteroid discovered to have it's own ring system, and only the fifth body in the solar system. The largest of a class of asteroids known as Centaurs that orbit between Uranus and Saturn, Charriklo has two distinct, narrow rings.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Astronomers have now discovered two dwarf planets — Sedna and 2012 VP113 — in the distant inner Oort Cloud, a largely unexplored region that likely hosts millions of icy objects.