Science & Astronomy Archive
28 November 2015, 07:51 PM ET
In deep space NGC 2359, a glowing cloud of gas and dust takes the shape of Thor's mythical helmet and the colors declare the composition of the beautiful patches.
27 November 2015, 06:09 PM ET
Combining the power of several telescopes, scientists discovered a magnificent image of the black hole in Hercules A.
26 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Mars' watery past suggests that long ago the planet had a much thicker, carbon-rich atmosphere. But new evidence suggests the atmosphere wasn't quite as thick as some models suggest.
25 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The mysterious tilt of the moon's orbit is due to gravitational tugs it received from giant, close-passing rocks that later slammed into the Earth, researchers say.
25 November 2015, 11:13 AM ET
And 'how much longer until a new discovery shouts it out?' asks the Science @ NASA video series. In July 2014, NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, a planet slightly larger than Earth that resides in the habitable zone of its solar system.
25 November 2015, 11:09 AM ET
This computer simulation shows what two merging black holes would look like — gravitational waves rippling away from the impact.
25 November 2015, 07:53 AM ET
A new view of one of the largest known stars in the Milky Way gives the skinny on how giant stars quickly lose mass near the ends of their lives, preparing for huge supernova explosions.
25 November 2015, 06:00 AM ET
30-40 times more massive than the Sun, the star named VY Canis Majoris has begun its death throes.
24 November 2015, 05:04 PM ET
The full moon happens once a month. Find out when.
24 November 2015, 11:04 AM ET
The Schiaparelli basin on Mars, named for an Italian astronomer, is surrounded by many impact craters and several of them intersect the northwester rim of the feature.
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
24 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Acid fog may once have eaten away rocks on Mars, researchers say.
24 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Computer simulations suggest that filaments of invisible dark matter form long "hairs" when they go through planets such as Earth.
23 November 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Mars may one day have rings like Saturn's, if the Red Planet manages to completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos.
23 November 2015, 12:41 PM ET
What really happened at the start of the Big Bang?
23 November 2015, 10:07 AM ET
The western most star in the Orion constellation 'belt' – known as Mintaka (‘the belt’ in Arabic) also called Delta Orionis by astronomers – is a triple star system + 2 other stars.
23 November 2015, 09:38 AM ET
35 light-years out, in the constellation Boötes, a star smaller and cooler than our Sun blasts 95GHz flare emissions 10,000x brighter than our star.
23 November 2015, 07:15 AM ET
Mercury can experience meteor showers as Comet Encke periodically peppers the planet's tenuous atmosphere with dust, new research suggests.
20 November 2015, 11:01 PM ET
Taking a closer look at an exoplanet nearly the same size as Earth.
20 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A sudden spurt of liquid water on Mars could potentially create deep lakes today, new research suggests.
20 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
An inside look at the dust-analyzing instrument that will fly on NASA's upcoming mission to the ocean-harboring Jupiter moon Europa.
20 November 2015, 12:06 AM ET
Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience no matter what planet you may be on.
19 November 2015, 04:00 PM ET
You can take a tour through the history of Pluto exploration tonight (Nov. 19) at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 GMT on Nov. 20), courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
19 November 2015, 03:36 PM ET
Invisible to the naked eye, charged particles spin along magnetic lines above 2 active regions of the Sun in this time lapse video from Nov. 11-12, 2015 when NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the scene at the extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
19 November 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Abraham Lincoln is best-known for abolishing slavery and keeping the United States together through the Civil War, but he also helped the country become the scientific and engineering powerhouse we know today.
19 November 2015, 10:49 AM ET
New research has revealed 574 massive, ancient galaxies lurking in the night sky, and their existence so close to the time of the Big Bang calls into question scientists' best understanding of how large galaxies form.
19 November 2015, 08:10 AM ET
Shimmering deep inside a cosmic supervoid is MCG+01-02-015, a pristine galaxy that is the undisputed galactic loner of the universe.
19 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
A massive new cloud around the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan suggests winter in the satellite's southern hemisphere will be even colder than scientists had thought.
18 November 2015, 03:14 PM ET
If NASA is to push human space exploration to new destinations, they'll need the help of commercial companies — especially in low-Earth orbit — according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
18 November 2015, 02:10 PM ET
How can Einstein's theories meld with the odd observations of the quantum world?
18 November 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have photographed a gas-giant planet forming around a young, sunlike star called LkCa 15, which lies about 450 light-years from Earth.
18 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The Large Binocular Telescope and Magellan Adaptive Optics System are giving astronomers a ring-side seat to watch a ring of material form into planets around a young star. Very hot hydrogen-alpha emissions, in excess of 17,000° F.
18 November 2015, 11:47 AM ET's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
18 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
We could find small planets close to Earth using a new technique being tested on our own sun.
18 November 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Powerful eruptions from its host star may have stripped away the Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-438b's atmosphere, rendering the world uninhabitable, a new study suggests.
18 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The remains of long-dead stars in the galactic bulge are helping scientists better understand how the Milky Way has grown and evolved.