Science & Astronomy Archive
05 June 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A new supercomputer simulation of how galaxies grow may have illuminated the mysterious lack of matter around the cores of galaxies.
05 June 2014, 02:01 PM ET
A new analysis of lunar rocks now supports the idea that the moon was born in a gigantic collision between the nascent Earth and a mysterious planet-size rock, scientists say.
05 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Samples from Apollo missions containing isotopic oxygen supporting the theory that a Mars-sized object (called Thea) slammed into Earth setting off a series of conglomeration events that ultimately created the Moon. Story: http://goo.gl/MGfZ0E
05 June 2014, 12:21 PM ET
A plasma filament stretching about half the Sun's length 'danced' above the its surface for nearly 4 days before being sucked onto the surface, igniting a bright eruption, whose image was captured by NASA spacecraft.
05 June 2014, 11:59 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in May 2014.
05 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
A newly discovered asteroid nicknamed 'The Beast' will zip safely by Earth on Sunday (June 8). You can get a sneak preview of the 1,100-foot asteroid flyby today, June 5, in a Slooh community observatory webcast.
05 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The physics world was agog in March over the announcement that astronomers had possibly found ripples in space-time from the earliest moments of the universe. But some scientists now question whether the findings may be nothing more than galactic dust.
05 June 2014, 03:52 AM ET
NASA's approach to innovation applies far beyond just the aerospace industry.
05 June 2014, 03:33 AM ET
NASA's next Curiosity-class rover blends old and new approaches to innovative tech.
04 June 2014, 10:39 PM ET
NASA's prime innovations, from Apollo to Viking.
04 June 2014, 06:49 PM ET
The Boldlygo Institute (non-governmental, non profit organization) has proposed a mission that would fly about 24 miles above the surface of the Red Planet and collect particles from seasonal Martian dust storms.
04 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A galactic cluster four-way collision has been recorded 5 billion light-years distant, an event previously unseen by astronomers.
04 June 2014, 12:46 PM ET
Severe space weather events from common red dwarf stars could doom any chances for life on planets orbiting those stars, scientists say. That may mean that alien life might be rarer than previously thought.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
A new instrument designed to give scientists a direct look at nearby alien worlds has seen its "first light" in Chile, astronomers announced today (June 4).
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘First Light’ for the European Southern Observatory's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) is a Centaurus constellation star (HR 4796A). It also took a finely detailed image of Saturn's moon Titan.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
ESO's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) can pick up the faint polarized light from distant exoplanets revealing their atmospheres’ composition, which may contain biomarkers. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/WjY4Yb
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies just 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. That makes it 2.5 times older than Earth, and just 2 billion years or so younger than the universe itself.
03 June 2014, 05:03 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has created an amazing and colorful deep view of the universe, showing galaxies shining in ultraviolet light during their wild, star-forming "teenage" years.
03 June 2014, 04:33 PM ET
Supermassive black holes at the cores of large galaxies can power bright jets of super-fast gas. Those spitting out the highest amount of energy are called ‘blazars.’ Astronomers believed there were 2 types but new evidence shows close relation.
03 June 2014, 03:44 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 HQ124 was discovered on April 23rd, 2014 and its closest approach (~3 Lunar distances) will occur June 8th. Current estimates show it to be between .25 miles - .56 miles wide, and traveling at 31,000 mph.
03 June 2014, 03:00 PM ET
See amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's iconic observatory in space.
03 June 2014, 02:35 PM ET
By combining ultraviolet light with visible and near-infrared wavelengths, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project has captured the most comprehensive picture to date of star formation occurring between 5 and 10 billion years ago.
03 June 2014, 02:14 PM ET
To celebrate the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's 5th birthday, NASA officials are putting together a collection, called "The Moon as Art," and they want your vote to decide which LRO image will grace the cover.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A tiny NASA spacecraft with a zoomed-in view of the sun has observed its first coronal mass ejection, or CME, a violent eruption of solar material, the space agency announced.
02 June 2014, 07:04 PM ET
Comets PanSTARRS (C/2012 K1), 209P LINEAR, P/1998 U3 Jager, 154P Brewington, and C/2013 A1 Siding Spring are visible with the use of a telescope. Also, the Moon leads the way for planet gazing and see Ceres and Vesta.
02 June 2014, 06:00 PM ET
Scientists suggest life may have existed on Mars in an oasis for microbial life if liquid water was trapped underground and heated by a volcano.
02 June 2014, 01:12 PM ET
The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, is rigorously tested in NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. This technology is being developed to deliver larger payloads to planets more efficiently.
02 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have discovered the 'Godzilla of Earths,' a giant alien planet that is a new type of huge and rocky, world located 560 light-years from Earth.
02 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
In our solar system, planets come in two basic types: rocky and gas giant. Now, scientists have identified a third class of exoplanets called 'gas dwarfs' that serve as the missing link between the two.
02 June 2014, 10:58 AM ET
Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, a survey found that they illicit different reactions in Americans.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Saturn's northern lights dance in an amazing new series of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.