Science & Astronomy Archive
10 November 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The low birth rate for stars in distant galaxy clusters is one of astronomy's long-standing mysteries. But scientists now have a new culprit in the case: cosmic turbulence from black holes.
10 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Landing a probe on a comet whizzing through deep space isn't easy, but this week, the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to do just that. If successful, it will be the first time anyone has landed a probe on the surface of a comet.
10 November 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Interruptions in the regular tick-tock of nature's clocks could be a sign that gravitational waves are passing through.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
To understand how deep fractures on the giant asteroid Vesta formed, scientists recreated violent cosmic impacts in a lab with a high-speed cannon.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Should we ever find ourselves facing a real-life "Interstellar" dilemma, NASA might be able to help. The space agency has several ongoing and planned missions to scan the cosmos for Earth-like worlds outside the solar system.
10 November 2014, 09:42 AM ET
NASA CIBER sounding rocket experiments have detected a surprising amount of infrared 'cosmic glow.’ It comes from ‘orphan stars,’ which are ejected out of their host galaxies during galaxy collisions and end up in the voids between galaxies.
10 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The remains of stellar explosion 1987A have been imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope, the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Australia and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile.
10 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The sci-fi epic "Interstellar" is just a movie, but it throws a lot of science on the screen for space geeks to sink their teeth into. Here's a look at some of the space-science concepts that play key roles in the film.
09 November 2014, 07:51 PM ET
Using the European Very Large Telescope's MUSE instrument, researchers have been able to compile observations of galaxy ESO 137-001 slamming into a enormous galaxy cluster and the movement of gas in the aftermath.
09 November 2014, 08:18 AM ET
The European Space Agency is going to attempt to land a probe on the surface of a comet next week. If successful, the soft-landing will be the first of its kind in history.
08 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A weakening sun will more easily push Mars-bound astronauts beyond standard NASA radiation safety limits, putting them at increased risk for cancer, a new study warns.
07 November 2014, 09:58 PM ET
SpaceIL is hoping to not only land an Israeli craft on the moon, but also learn a bit about lunar magnetism while the lander is there.
07 November 2014, 06:49 PM ET
In water surface tension experiment, ISS crew members Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst created a floating water bubble and inserted a Go-Pro camera.
07 November 2014, 06:14 PM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's (MRO) High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera snapped imagery of the comet during its fly-by of Mars.
07 November 2014, 06:08 PM ET
This treatment shows brightness changes in the coma of the comet. The imagery was snapped by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter between Oct. 17th-20th, 2014.
07 November 2014, 04:57 PM ET
A rare close encounter between Mars and a comet last month pummeled the Red Planet with cometary dust, which likely left a yellow glow in the Martian sky, scientists revealed today (Nov. 7).
07 November 2014, 04:37 PM ET
European scientists and engineers are gearing up to soft-land a robotic probe on the mysterious surface of a comet for the first time.
07 November 2014, 02:02 PM ET
Wormhole travel across the universe and supergiant black holes are just some of the wonders seen in the film 'Interstellar.' See how the film's astrophysics works in this Space.com infographic.
07 November 2014, 09:24 AM ET
A sunspot that was larger than Jupiter had a very active run between Oct. 19th-27th, 2014. According to NASA, its was the "largest active region on the sun since 1990."
07 November 2014, 08:14 AM ET
Rosetta has been studying Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for months, but the comet's southern side has always been cloaked in darkness. Now, light-scattering dust particles have allowed a fuzzy first glimpse of 67P's dark side.
07 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A probe is about to attempt an historic landing on a comet speeding through deep space next week. But Friday (Nov. 7), scientists are going to host a webcast discussing the bold work of soft-landing a spacecraft where none have gone before.
06 November 2014, 05:56 PM ET
The European Space Agency's Gaia mission, which launched in December 2013, should find about 21,000 alien planets over the course of its five-year mission and perhaps 70,000 distant worlds if it keeps operating for 10 years, the study found.
06 November 2014, 03:00 PM ET
The first samples collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the foot of a huge Martian mountain have provided some vital ground-truthing of data gathered from orbit.
06 November 2014, 02:01 PM ET
As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies, an unexpected discovery made in a new study using NASA rockets. These stars could help solve mysteries regarding missing light and particles.
06 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A close-up view of a flickering black hole jet has scientist rethinking how these enormous eruptions form.
06 November 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The spectacular image, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile, shows numerous concentric rings in the disk of dust and gas surrounding HL Tau, a sunlike star found about 450 light-years away from Earth.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)in Chile have delivered stunning imagery of the star HL Tauri and its protoplanetary disc.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Artists from the European Southern Observatory and the National Science Foundation have created impressions of a planet forming disc around a star.
05 November 2014, 01:14 PM ET
An amazing new photo taken by a NASA probe shows Saturn and its large moon Titan shining as pretty crescents in deep space.
05 November 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Several influential congresspeople are among those calling for a mission to Europa, which is regarded by many scientists as the best place to search for life beyond Earth.
05 November 2014, 12:02 PM ET
The latest of four fireballs seen on Monday, Nov. 3, was spotted over Japan.