Science & Astronomy Archive
17 October 2014, 11:03 AM ET
A spacecraft exploring the Saturn system was zapped by static electricity sent out one of the ringed wonder's many moons in 2005, a new study suggests.
17 October 2014, 08:00 AM ET
See news, images and videos about comets, icy wanderers in the solar system.
17 October 2014, 07:38 AM ET
In a rare celestial event, a comet will pass closer to Mars than the moon is from Earth on Oct. 19, 2014. See how the Comet Siding Spring flyby of Mars works in this Space.com infographic.
17 October 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Comet Siding Spring will zoom within 87,000 miles of Mars at 2:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday (Oct. 19). Scientists will observe the flyby using the fleet of spacecraft already at Mars, studying the comet and any effects its dust has on the planet's atmosphere.
16 October 2014, 07:00 PM ET
Comet Siding Spring C/2013 A1 will fly within 87,000 miles of the surface of the Red Planet, causing NASA to alter the positions of their satellite fleet to evade the debris.
16 October 2014, 03:06 PM ET
Experts will debate whether or not life is likely to exist on planets orbiting red dwarf stars during a live event tonight. Watch it here at Space.com.
16 October 2014, 02:13 PM ET
A NASA probe has peered into the sun's atmosphere and found 'bombs' of plasma, jets that affect solar wind and nanoflares that rapidly accelerate particles.
16 October 2014, 02:10 PM ET
There's something strange going on below the surface of Saturn's Death Star-looking moon Mimas, a new study suggests.
16 October 2014, 02:03 PM ET
Instruments aboard NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft have delivered imagery of super heated plasma and jets in a hard-to-study region of the Sun's atmosphere.
16 October 2014, 02:35 AM ET
World Space Week is one of a series of events co-ordinated by the UN to celebrate the global nature of space exploration. It was established in 1999.
16 October 2014, 12:35 AM ET
This vivid space wallpaper resembles an abstract painting, or perhaps a contemporary stained-glass window. But it is actually an unusual view of a galaxy taken with the new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
15 October 2014, 07:13 PM ET
The NOAA Goes-East satellite has beamed down imagery of the Category 4 storm moving over the Atlantic Ocean. On October 15th, the National Hurricane Center reported winds reaching 130 mph coming from the storm.
15 October 2014, 05:54 PM ET
The images, taken by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, suggest that the ice lurking within Mercury's polar craters was delivered recently, and may even be topped up by processes that continue today, researchers said.
15 October 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Hubble has spotted three objects that the New Horizons probe could potentially visit after completing its Pluto flyby in July 2015. One of these newly identified bodies is definitely reachable, while the other two require further study.
15 October 2014, 01:49 PM ET
NASA's Messenger spacecraft is the first dedicated to orbiting Mercury, the solar system's innermost planet.
15 October 2014, 01:05 PM ET
Star formation in the early universe may not have been as plentiful as it is today.
15 October 2014, 12:03 PM ET
With an icy comet lurking just over its shoulder, a far-flung European spacecraft snapped a selfie in outer space.
15 October 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Astronomers peering onto the early Universe with Chile’s APEX are seeing star-birth in unexpected parts of this by long-studied proto-cluster, formerly called MRC-1138-262; the ‘Spiderweb galaxy.’This artistic impression is drawn from their finding
15 October 2014, 07:50 AM ET
An excerpt from Marc Kaufman's "Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission," which was published in August 2014 by National Geographic.
14 October 2014, 05:49 PM ET
At first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking NASA's Mars rover Curiosity had stumbled across a wind-rippled lake or sea at the base of Mount Sharp.
14 October 2014, 05:33 PM ET
NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter has been busy since it arrived at the Red Planet late last month, collecting detailed data about Mars' upper atmosphere.
14 October 2014, 12:49 PM ET
Boo! An amazing new photo taken by a NASA spacecraft seems to show the sun with creepy jack-o-lantern grin just in time for Halloween.
14 October 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Scientists previously thought that the moon's volcanic activity died down a billion years ago. But new data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, hints that lunar lava flowed much more recently, perhaps less than 100 million years ago.
14 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The upcoming launch, expected to take place Oct. 23 from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, will apparently send an experimental, recoverable probe to lunar orbit and back to validate tech needed for a lunar sample-return mission.
14 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Models using a century-old equation suggest that the Milky Way contains only half the dark matter than scientists had previously thought.
14 October 2014, 06:50 AM ET
A new photo of a huge galaxy cluster under construction in the early universe shows star formation happening in unexpected places, scientists have found.
13 October 2014, 05:20 PM ET
Rosetta team members have named the 82-foot-tall boulder on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko "Cheops," after the largest pyramid in Egypt's famous Giza complex.
13 October 2014, 04:54 PM ET
A recently discovered planet-like star may offer insight into which of the thousands of planets so far discovered in the universe could support life.
13 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Comet Siding Spring, also known as C/2013 A1, will miss the Red Planet by just 87,000 miles (140,000 kilometers) at 2:27 p.m. EDT (1827 GMT) Sunday. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 239,000 miles (384,600 km).
13 October 2014, 12:38 AM ET
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a few objects that the New Horizons probe might be able to explore after it zooms past the Pluto system during a highly anticipated flyby on July 14, 2015.
12 October 2014, 10:53 PM ET
Launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, Sputnik 1 became the world’s first artificial satellite. This legacy continues today with our exploration of the solar system.
10 October 2014, 11:47 AM ET
Forget Saturn's rings. The jewel of the solar system has another stunning feature that only faraway spacecraft can see clearly: a hexagon-shaped vortex that's been swirling above Saturn's north pole for at least 30 years.