Science & Astronomy Archive
23 December 2014, 06:30 AM ET
"Interstellar" was driven by scientific accuracy and top-notch visual effects, says Paul Franklin, the effects supervisor for the sci-fi hit.
22 December 2014, 09:45 PM ET
Comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers in Russia, arrived in Earth's neighborhood in November 2013 and apparently broke up as it rounded the sun.
22 December 2014, 05:17 PM ET
The new image, which was taken by the NuSTAR spacecraft, is the best-ever view of the sun in high-energy X-ray light. The photo, and others taken by NuSTAR in the future, should help researchers learn more about our star, researchers said.
22 December 2014, 04:29 PM ET
It may only take brushing your teeth to help you feel connected to the cosmos. New research suggests that fluorine, an element in toothpaste, may have been forged billions of years ago inside stars that are now long dead.
22 December 2014, 03:33 PM ET
An X1.8-class flare erupted from an active sunspot on Dec. 19th, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks.
22 December 2014, 07:36 AM ET
In March 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will arrive in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres may be capable of supporting life as we know it, some researchers say.
20 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
See photos and images of the biggest solar flares of 2014 in this SPACE.com gallery of photos by NASA spacecraft and solar astronomers.
20 December 2014, 11:49 AM ET
The sun fired off a massive solar flare late Friday (Dec. 19), after days of intense storms from our nearest star. The huge solar flare registered as an X1.8-class event, the most powerful type of flare possible, and was captured on camera by NASA's powe
20 December 2014, 11:17 AM ET
From holiday lights seen from space to incredible pictures of streaking meteors, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 20, 2014.
20 December 2014, 03:42 AM ET
Orion's Belt is an asterism of three stars that appear about midway in the constellation Orion the Hunter. The stars are so called because they appear to form a belt in the hunter's outfit.
20 December 2014, 03:22 AM ET
The technology of the future can't wait.
19 December 2014, 07:31 AM ET
Kip Thorne, the physicist who brought real science to the movie "Interstellar," has a history of coming up with ideas that sound straight out of science fiction. We've rounded up three of Thorne's most mind-bending theories — at least one of which may hav
19 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Kip Thorne, the physicist who wrote the book on black holes (and time warps), discusses the new physics he's most excited about, and exactly how a black hole would kill you.
19 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Edward Belbruno's cosmic paintings have inspired his scientific research - but don't call them space art.
19 December 2014, 01:14 AM ET
The Summer Triangle is a Northern Hemisphere asterism (star pattern) that is actually an amalgamation of stars from three separate constellations.
19 December 2014, 12:09 AM ET
18 December 2014, 05:20 PM ET
The abstract and colorful works of Edward Belbruno have been shaped by his scientific career. Without art, he says, 'the science comes to a screeching halt.'
18 December 2014, 03:31 PM ET
The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.
18 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
Kepler has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger than our home planet.
18 December 2014, 10:03 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made some amazing recent discoveries on the Red Planet. The Discovery Channel documentary 'Red Planet Rover' will chronicle those finds tonight at 10 pm ET/PT.
18 December 2014, 03:13 AM ET
Curiosity is leading, not "lacking."
18 December 2014, 03:10 AM ET
The Little Dipper is an asterism (star pattern) in the larger constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The most famous star in the constellation is Polaris.
17 December 2014, 11:35 PM ET
The smoky black silhouette in this gorgeous space wallpaper is part of a large, sparse cloud of partially ionized hydrogen — an HII region — known as Gum 15.
17 December 2014, 04:12 PM ET
Already running on fumes as its fuel reserves dwindled, Venus Express' most recent attempts at maintaining its altitude fell short.
17 December 2014, 03:50 PM ET
It's now approaching summer in the presumed location of Europe's Philae lander on a comet, so the washing-machine-size probecould soon access enough energy to open its eyes and start working again, Rosetta mission scientists said.
17 December 2014, 10:37 AM ET
Imagery from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite show lighting patterns change on holidays around the world. Energy usage varies across across different cultural and socioeconomic areas.
17 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The discovery is not evidence that life exists, or has ever existed, on Mars, researchers stressed. But it does mark the first time that organics have been confirmed inside Red Planet rocks, and it checks off a chief goal of the rover team.
17 December 2014, 06:00 AM ET
New imagery captured by the La Silla Observatory MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope of of star cluster Messier 47, shows a star cluster where only ~50 stars can be seen in an area 12 light-year across area.
17 December 2014, 06:00 AM ET
A new image of a well-known star cluster in the southern sky, shows off hot blue stars sparkling amid red giants.
17 December 2014, 06:00 AM ET
City lights across the United States blaze 20 to 50 percent more brightly in December than they do the rest of the year, and some cities in the Middle East brighten by more than 50 percent during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, researchers said.
17 December 2014, 12:05 AM ET
These images show that many cities around the world shine more brightly during the holiday season — December in the United States, and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East — than they do during the rest of the year.
16 December 2014, 11:45 PM ET
This stunning dream like space wallpaper of the La Silla sunset was released Dec. 8, 2014.