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17 April 2014, 06:16 PM ET
The discovery of the exoplanet Kepler-186f further bolsters the emerging view that Earth is not such a unique place, and that habitable environments may be widespread throughout the galaxy, experts say.
17 April 2014, 06:10 PM ET
A spacecraft circling the Red Planet has spotted NASA's Mars rover Curiosity hard at work on the Martian surface.
17 April 2014, 05:22 PM ET
Data from the Kepler Mission, plus Keck and Gemini North Telescopes confirm Kepler 186f (about 1.1X Earth’s diameter) to orbit near the edge of habitability around an M-dwarf star with 4 other known planets.
17 April 2014, 05:01 PM ET
The bright planets Jupiter and Mars are shining bright in the spring night sky, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host a live discussion on the bright planets tonight. You can watch the Observatory Nights special here
17 April 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Ten of the alien worlds that represent our best hope for alien life beyond the solar system, according to the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.
17 April 2014, 02:01 PM ET
A rocky planet that could have liquid water at its surface orbits a star 490 light-years away.
17 April 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists have discovered Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star. The so-called 'Earth cousin' just might have liquid water and the right conditions to support life.
17 April 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The alien planet Kepler-186f is a planet only slightly larger than Earth orbiting inside the habitable zone of its red dwarf star. See images and photos of the Kepler-186f planet discovery in this Space.com gallery.
17 April 2014, 02:01 PM ET
It's the brass ring that teams of astronomers from hither to yon have tried to grab: Discovering a planet that sports an environment similar to our own. Finding Earth's cousin. And now, a team of researchers may have done it.
17 April 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A look at the five exoplanets most likely to host life as we know it, a list topped by the newfound Earth-size world Kepler-186f.
17 April 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Planet-hunters have new evidence of a planet, about 1.1x Earth’s size, in orbit around another star. Kepler 186f, the outermost world of a 5-planet system, revolves about 3x closer to its star than Earth does to our Sun. More--> http://goo.gl/1fUSo
17 April 2014, 01:33 PM ET
Five volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula are seen erupting from space on one satellite pass by Landsat 8.
17 April 2014, 11:19 AM ET
The close-up of the right side of the control panel in the Plum Brook Facility shows the controls for the manual operation of the shim rods.
17 April 2014, 10:16 AM ET
NASA will announce a new discovery by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope today, and you can following the unveiling live online. Space agency officials and scientists will host a live news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).
17 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
This 14-hour exposure surfaces a wide range of galaxy types halfway across space-time to the beginning of the universe. Some are colliding and combining. The image depicts energy at visible and infrared wavelengths.
17 April 2014, 01:10 AM ET
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a telescope array that peers through stardust to see planetary systems under construction.
16 April 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Filmmaker Kai Staats joins leading researchers from the LIGO team to share the motivations behind "LIGO: A Passion for Understanding."
16 April 2014, 11:03 AM ET
Noctilucent clouds are seeded by meteorites burning up in the atmosphere and form at Earth's polar regions. Researchers have found correlations with the appearance of these clouds and Earth's climate.
16 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A distant group of hot, young stars cause a cloud of hydrogen gas to glow a rosy red 7,300 light-years from Earth in the latest amazing view from a telescope in Chile.
16 April 2014, 06:32 AM ET
Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shook and shaped Mercury's surface for billions of years, a new study finds, surprising scientists who had thought the phenomenon was impossible on the sun-scorched planet.
16 April 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The powerful radiation emitted from the stellar nursery of nebula Gum 41 illuminates the surrounding gas. ESO's MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope imaged the nebula through blue, green and red filters along with a special filter that pulls out the red glow.
16 April 2014, 01:50 AM ET
The Sombrero Galaxy, also called M104 or NGC 4594, is about 28 million light-years from our planet in the constellation Virgo. It is so named because the halo surrounding its disc is unusually large, making it look like a sombrero.
15 April 2014, 10:48 PM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper, taken during a time lapse set at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is another dramatic Ultra High Definition photograph from the ESO Ultra HD Expedition.
15 April 2014, 05:15 PM ET
A fire ravaging the scenic city of Valparaiso, Chile, is visible from satellite on April 13, 2014. So far, 15 people have died in the fire, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.
15 April 2014, 03:39 PM ET
In a new image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station, the Grand Canyon stretches across the Colorado Plateau. Entrance to the National Park is free this weekend, April 19 and 20, 2014.
15 April 2014, 12:52 PM ET
A newly released documentary brings the hunt for ripples in the fabric of space-time — called gravitational waves — into focus, and you can watch it live on Space.com.
15 April 2014, 12:31 PM ET
You would see is a solar eclipse (on the Earth-facing side). A 'Ring of Fire' would circle Earth and a reddish hue would blanket your abode. - Lunar Eclipse From Earth Time-Lapse: http://goo.gl/fBh9Wm
15 April 2014, 11:30 AM ET
The large 4 engine turboprop P-3B Orion airplane was built for the Navy in the 1960's. Today it is flying low over glaciers for NASA's Operation Icebridge.
15 April 2014, 09:35 AM ET
On Tuesday (April 15), Space.com will premiere a new documentary "LIGO, A Passion for Understanding" by filmmaker Kai Staats, which follows scientists using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) to hunt for gravitational waves.
15 April 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA captured this time lapse imagery of the ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse, from moments before Earth completely blocked the Moon's view of the Sun until full totality when the moon is fully bathed in ‘umbral shadow.’
15 April 2014, 09:00 AM ET
See images of the ringed planet from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.
15 April 2014, 08:53 AM ET
Photographs taken by NASA's Cassini probe in April 2013 show a bright arc about 750 miles long and 6 miles wide at the edge of Saturn's outermost ring. This arc was probably created by the gravity of a small, icy object nearby — possibly a newborn moon.
14 April 2014, 10:32 PM ET
This space wallpaper was acquired by the satellite's onboard camera on 4 April, just hours after Sentinel-1A entered orbit on April 3, 2014. It shows the top side of one of two deployed solar array wings as well as part of the radar antenna.
14 April 2014, 08:08 PM ET
Objects at the Solar System's edge could one day show scientists how life arose on Earth. That's because many of these objects could contain organics, carbon-based material that are ingredients of life.
14 April 2014, 06:31 PM ET
Many attendees of the Pluto Science Conference in July 2013 referenced it as a planet. NASA's New Horizon mission, that will deliver the first reconnaissance of Pluto in 2015, will help resolve the long debate.
14 April 2014, 02:39 PM ET
NASA planetary scientist Dr.Shawn Domagal-Goldman explains why this phenomenon occurs and also why Earth will experience a tetrad or 4 lunar eclipses in nearly 18 months. Total Lunar Eclipse Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/TjZIzU