Science & Astronomy Archive
19 March 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Woot! Spring break is here and it's time to take a trip - space style. This spring break, I'm shadowing Columbia astronomy professors and students to see the night sky from Kitt Peak, Arizona, a mecca of astronomy observatories. Check it out.
19 March 2014, 12:59 AM ET
The Big Bang Theory is the leading explanation about how the universe began.
18 March 2014, 04:52 PM ET
Surprised at his home (by gravitational wave co-discoverer Chao-Lin Kao) theoretical physicist Linde had waited for confirmation of his theory for 3 decades.
18 March 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Energetic solar particles created a powerful 'perfect' storm in space.
18 March 2014, 02:12 PM ET
The Dark Sector Lab (DSL), located 3/4 of a mile from the Geographic South Pole, houses the BICEP2 telescope (left) and the South Pole Telescope (right).
18 March 2014, 02:02 PM ET
This animation of NOAA's GOES satellite data shows the progression of another major winter storm over the U.S. Mid-Atlantic on March 16 and 17.
18 March 2014, 01:25 PM ET
See photos, images and skywatching maps for the rare eclipse of the bright star Regulus by the huge asteroid 163 Erigone on March 20, 2014. is providing full coverage of the celestial event.
18 March 2014, 11:35 AM ET
The night sky can be a wondrous place filled with stars, but there are some brilliant celestial lights that shine brighter than others. Here's a list of the top 10 brightest stars in the night sky.
18 March 2014, 11:27 AM ET
Scientists have long suspected that volcanoes played a huge role in the evolution of cloud-shrouded Venus, the second planet from the sun. Images from Europe's Venus Express orbiter show that volcanic eruptions may not just be a thing from the past.
18 March 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a rapid period of expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — could also help support the idea that this universe exists in a multiverse, scientists suggest.
17 March 2014, 08:49 PM ET
The find suggests that space-time really did expand at many times the speed of light in the first few tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang, as predicted by the theory of cosmic inflation, researchers say.
17 March 2014, 06:26 PM ET
New information from NASA's MESSENGER solves the contradiction between the evidence of shrinking on the planet's crust and the models for heat loss in its core.
17 March 2014, 05:10 PM ET
To make the find, astronomers developed a big new array of superconducting detectors for a telescope at the South Pole, which spotted characteristic patterns in ancient light left over from the Big Bang.
17 March 2014, 04:14 PM ET
The Nobel laureate talks about the apparent detection of gravitational wave signatures in the cosmic microwave background radiation, as well as what it was like to spot the CMB in 1964, putting the Big Bang theory on solid ground.
17 March 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The ground communication terminal for the Brazil/United States communication link via the Relay satellite which was launched late in 1962.
17 March 2014, 03:13 PM ET
The sun sets behind BICEP2 (in the foreground) and the South Pole Telescope (in the background) in this stunning space wallpaper.
17 March 2014, 12:25 PM ET
To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 24th year in orbit, astronomers set their sights on NGC 2174, the Monkey Head Nebula. Young stars are sculpting gas and dust of this Orion constellation nebula.
17 March 2014, 11:40 AM ET
A new discovery reveals much about the expansion of the early universe by studying gravitational waves.
17 March 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Evidence that the universe rapidly expanded in its first few nanoseconds has been found by an instrument in Antarctica: Gravitational waves, which have long eluded astronomers, were spotted, supporting this cosmic inflation model.
17 March 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Gravitational waves are the "smoking gun" of the Big Bang. Predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity in 1916, a massive object like Earth distorts space-time around it like a bowling ball dropped on a trampoline.
17 March 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Moving masses generate waves of gravitational radiation that stretch and squeeze space-time.
17 March 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Artist's concepts illustrate how gravitational waves might spread through the universe.
17 March 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Inflation is the mysterious force that blew up the scale of the infant universe from sub-microscopic to gargantuan in a fraction of a second.
17 March 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Astronomers have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, the theorized dramatic expansion of the universe that put the "bang" in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. The find also confirms the existence of gravitational waves.
17 March 2014, 10:45 AM ET
It has been 50 years since two scientists found landmark evidence for the Big Bang theory. Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias were using a large horn antenna at Bell Labs in New Jersey to gaze into the Milky Way.
17 March 2014, 09:36 AM ET
On its final orbit In 2017, NASA's Cassini probe will fly between the inner edge of the D ring and the upper atmosphere of the gas giant. It will also fly though an Enceladus plume in the next few years.
17 March 2014, 06:45 AM ET
A team of scientists will unveil what they bill as a 'major discovery' in the field of astrophysics on Monday (March 17) in a presentation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).
17 March 2014, 06:45 AM ET
Our species tends to focus on defusing dangers deemed immediate and extreme. But protecting the planet from asteroids will require constant vigilance over the long haul, experts say, since the threat of a major cosmic impact will never go away.
16 March 2014, 11:56 AM ET
As darkness falls these brisk March evenings, we can see a noble star pattern emerging into view in the eastern night sky: The great celestial lion Leo, king of the beasts, accompanied by its brightest star, Regulus, marking the lion's heart.
16 March 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Are we alone in the universe? The ultimate question of life beyond Earth and the solar system takes center stage in a science conference led by the Vatican Observatory and a University of Arizona this week.
16 March 2014, 12:10 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
15 March 2014, 11:37 PM ET
From a blindingly-bright fireball blazing across an aurora-filled sky to amazing views of our planet tweeted by astronauts, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 16, 2014.