Science & Astronomy Archive
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.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Dark energy makes up nearly three-fourths of the universe, driving its accelerating expansion, but the substance is still mysterious to scientists that study it.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The kinds of alien planets that orbit distant stars may be revealed by taking a close look at the elements that make up those parent stars, researchers say.
01 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
More than 1,000 astronomers and space fans are bringing their interstellar smarts to Boston, Massachusetts for a conference this week.
31 May 2014, 10:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
31 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2014.
31 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Red tape and a moderate earthquake did not deter a private group from meeting its goal of making contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft that has been slumbering in deep space since 1997.
31 May 2014, 03:54 AM ET
The exact number of stars is impossible to know because we aren't sure how big the universe is.
30 May 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) has the same 2.4m diameter aperture as Hubble but will use 18 fourth-generation images sensors (Hubble has a single ‘first-gen’ sensor).
30 May 2014, 10:44 AM ET
For the first time, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) probe captured a coronal mass ejection (May 9th, 2014). The field of view measures 5 Earth-diameters wide by 7.5 tall.
29 May 2014, 08:01 PM ET
Three physicists who helped further the theory that the universe experienced an extremely rapid burst of expansion right after it was born — a process known as cosmic inflation — were awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics today (May 29).