Science & Astronomy Archive
08 July 2014, 01:13 PM ET
NASA's Aquarius mission, whose main mission is ocean salinity measurement, has been multitasked to deliver soil observations. It shows how seasons and weather change the moisture in the first 2 inches of soil around the globe.
08 July 2014, 12:11 PM ET
From 1838 to 1945, the star Eta Carinae spewed nearly 40x the Sun’s mass, creating the Homunculus Nebula. Astronomers have now created a high-res 3D model of the 2-lobed cloud of gas and dust. -- Can be 3D printed with this file: http://goo.gl/juFz3p
08 July 2014, 07:39 AM ET
A hotspot of powerful, ultrahigh-energy particles streams toward Earth from beneath the handle of the Big Dipper constellation. This newfound collection of cosmic rays may help scientists nail down the origin point of the powerful particles.
08 July 2014, 07:31 AM ET
With new data collected by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, researchers can confirm that the far-flung probe is indeed cruising through interstellar space, as mission scientists announced last year.
08 July 2014, 01:44 AM ET
The sun sets over Paranal Observatory in this beautiful space wallpaper, painting an array of subtle hues across the sky reminiscent of a Monet landscape.
07 July 2014, 05:40 PM ET
The European Space Agency has selected the Athena X-ray observatory as its second "large-class" science mission. Athena — which will cost about 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion at current exchange rates) — is scheduled to blast off in 2028.
07 July 2014, 03:21 PM ET
Unusual arms, revealed in x-ray light, dive through the plane of NGC 4258, ejecting enormous amounts of gas and choking the ability for new stars to form.
07 July 2014, 02:52 PM ET
An incredibly detailed new map of Mars' southern highlands shows how profoundly liquid water sculpted the region long ago, especially two canyon systems known as Waikato Vallis and Reull Vallis.
07 July 2014, 01:02 PM ET
NASA STEREO-A and STEREO-B solar probes' orbits will take them out of view from Earth at different times in 2015 making communication very difficult.
07 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
NASA's NEOWISE snapped a series of infrared images of C/2012 K1 (aka Pan-STARRS) in May 2014, when the comet was ~143 million miles away. The spiral galaxy, NGC 3726, is 55 million light years away. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/bzopex
07 July 2014, 07:35 AM ET
'Active SETI' sounds like science fiction, but some astronomers are discussing it seriously today. The idea is a controversial, hot-button issue, with some researchers wary of sending signals out to touch base with intelligent aliens.
06 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
06 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 July 2014, 12:16 AM ET
From a stellar womb to a cosmic cannibal, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 5, 2014.
04 July 2014, 10:57 PM ET
From the half-lit moon and mars to Jupiter's farewell, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
04 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
In the universe of Bell's Brewery, Mars is a strong brew, Uranus a crafty potion mix and Mercury a nimble beer. Such is the thinking behind "The Planets" series of beers that Bell's is pioneering this August.
04 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The subsurface ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, could be as salty as any body of water here on Earth, a new study reports. Data collected by NASA's Cassini mission suggests Titan's ocean is as salty as the Dead Sea.
03 July 2014, 04:15 PM ET
The image, taken on Wednesday morning (July 2) by a crewmember of the orbiting lab's current Expedition 40, actually captures Arthur when it was still classified as a tropical storm. (Arthur strengthened to hurricane status early Thursday.)
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Watching the 'heartbeat' of young stars could help researchers more precisely determine the stars' ages, a new study says, which in turn would help astronomers better understand how stars are born and age.
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
What astronomers thought were a pair of potentially life-friendly alien worlds are illusions, apparitions conjured up by a star's intense magnetic activity, a new study suggests.
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Astronomers have for the first time detected a rocky alien world in an Earth-like orbit around just one star in a two-star system. The new find suggests that such worlds may be common, researchers say.
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Researchers have used data from satellites and ground-based observations to study young stars' oscillation. They have determined that the stars pulse faster as they grow older. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/f9Wg10 Credit: Pieter Degroot (KU Leuven), ESO
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Turns out that two candidate planets thought to reside in the habitable zone of red dwarf star Gliese 581 are not planets at all. New research by astronomers at Penn State University finds that the signals were just magnetic activity from the star.
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
3000 light-years from us a cold ’terrestrial’ world, about 2x Earth’s mass, orbits one of a pair of stars which, in turn, orbit one another.
03 July 2014, 12:52 PM ET
The NOAA GOES 13 Satellite captured the storm from July 2-3, 2014. It has been declared a category-1 storm and its gaining strength. (video looped)
03 July 2014, 11:59 AM ET
The European probe is en route to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On June 27-28, 2014, its OSIRIS’ narrow angle camera (NAC) captured the nucleus of the comet rotating at a period of 12.4 hours.
03 July 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Despite the summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is actually at its farthest point from the sun today, July 3. Here's how Earth's orbit and its aphelion work.
02 July 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Researchers at the University of Michigan have recreated NASA Phoenix mission landing site conditions in their lab and determined that Martian salts must interact with ice to make liquid water. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/mqEnjD
02 July 2014, 04:34 PM ET
It may seem impossible that water could flow on the frigid surface of Mars, but a new study in a simulated Red Planet environment shows that a type of salt there may melt the ice it touches.
02 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus.
02 July 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists are using the powerful Hubble Space Telescope to figure out where to send NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe next — and they've already found some promising leads.
02 July 2014, 06:26 AM ET
Shining brightly in a new picture, cosmic gas cloud Gum 15 is busily giving birth to massive stars that are, in turn, shaping the cloud's weird structure.