Science & Astronomy Archive
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Life on the moon would be very different for explorers than life on Earth. See how in this Space.com infographic.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
10 February 2015, 02:34 PM ET
Seeming to form a question mark then a curlicue, a stream of superheated plasma erupted over a three hour period on Feb. 4, 2015. The fireworks were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
10 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
In this dreamy observation, staring down on Mars' south polar icecap, a European spacecraft has captured stunning ruddy swirls frozen in Martian ice, like cinnamon sprinkles and coffee mixing with the frothy milk atop a rich cappuccino.
09 February 2015, 10:20 PM ET
Europa is an icy moon of Jupiter and one of the four so-called Galilean moons.
09 February 2015, 05:17 PM ET
Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the universe, yet they can be hidden within the terabytes of data streaming off modern telescopes.
09 February 2015, 03:26 PM ET
One of the most sensitive detectors in human history just got a $200+ million upgrade — this week, join project scientists in a Reddit AMA.
09 February 2015, 02:55 PM ET
A stunning video shows the destruction of a robotic cargo ship re-entering Earth's atmosphere in November after delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
09 February 2015, 10:44 AM ET
The two white dwarf stars of planetary nebula Henize 2-428 will be drawn ever closer together over the next 700 million years, ultimately obliterating one another in a type 1A supernova
09 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
09 February 2015, 07:11 AM ET
A NASA rover on Mars is getting another taste of an ancient Martian mountain. The space agency's Curiosity Mars rover arrived at Mount Sharp in Gale Crater about five months ago, and since then, the 1-ton robot has drilled two samples from the tall mounta
09 February 2015, 07:10 AM ET
The definition of dark matter usually suggests that it doesn't interact with light at all, but that may not be entirely true. Two scientists say they may have a new way to find out just how dark is dark matter.
08 February 2015, 08:01 AM ET
From three moons transiting Jupiter to Pluto and it's moon, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 8, 2015.
07 February 2015, 11:05 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will monitor the solar winds and give NOAA forecasters better lead time for solar storms that can affect satellites, communication and power grids on Earth.
06 February 2015, 08:44 PM ET
The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system.
06 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
See photos and images from the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft built to map faint radiation from the Big Bang.
06 February 2015, 01:41 PM ET
The Milky Way galaxy is more than just stars: A spectacular new image captures the gas, dust, particles and magnetic fields that also occupy this cosmic neighborhood.
06 February 2015, 09:15 AM ET
It's a Red Planet two-for-one! A spacecraft orbiting Mars snapped an amazing photo of another probe on the Martian surface.
06 February 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Dawn captured the new images on Wednesday (Feb. 4), when the probe was 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
06 February 2015, 07:20 AM ET
The Moon has long been viewed as a crucial component in creating an environment suitable for the evolution of complex life on Earth, but a number of scientific results in recent years have shown that perhaps our planet doesn't need the Moon as much as we
05 February 2015, 05:34 PM ET
The end of the universe's dark ages and the birth of the first stars occurred about 100 million years later than was previously thought, according to new research.
05 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
See photos of a rare triple-moon conjunction on Jupiter as the shadows of Europe, Io and Callisto pass across the planet's face on Jan. 24, 2015 as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and skywatchers.
05 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
How do you build a universe?
05 February 2015, 02:11 PM ET
The rare triple-moon conjunction, which Hubble witnessed on Jan. 24, involved Io, Callisto and Europa — three of Jupiter's four Galilean moons (so named because they were discovered by astronomer Galileo Galilei in the early 17th century).
05 February 2015, 02:10 PM ET
As enormous new telescopes come online, get ready to imagine the universe in a whole new light.
05 February 2015, 11:24 AM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera caught Io, Callisto and Europa and their shadows passing across the face of Jupiter on Jan. 23rd, 2015, which happens only once or twice per decade.
05 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A steady glow of high-energy light that fills up the cosmos has puzzled scientists for years, but a collaboration of scientists says evidence points to known sources, like energetic black holes and galaxies where stars are being born.
04 February 2015, 09:45 PM ET
Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a thick atmosphere. See more Titan facts here.
04 February 2015, 05:54 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe has captured new photos — which show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon — with its telescopic camera on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, when the probe was about 126 million miles (203 million kilometers) from the Pluto system.
04 February 2015, 12:24 PM ET
This NASA animation flips the Moon’s phases and libration (wobble) to a vantage point beyond the lunar ‘far side’ from which our Earth’s phases can also be seen.
04 February 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Scientists hope to create artificial cells that closely mimic what biological ones do so that it would be easy to create laboratory conditions to test out how they evolve.
04 February 2015, 06:01 AM ET
An amazing new photo of a famous nebula reveals two previously undiscovered and very distant stars.