DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
03 August 2015, 04:24 PM ET
The Perseid's peak On Aug.13th, and the lack of moonlight creates the possibility of seeing up to 100 meteors per hour. All eight planets are visible and with a telescope, former planet Pluto, Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas can be spotted.
02 August 2015, 02:18 PM ET
An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in's top news stories of the week.
29 July 2015, 02:56 PM ET
Enhanced imagery of Saturn satellite Tethys show arcing streaks spanning hundreds of mile across the battered surface. These may be ice with organic impurities, outgassing from within the moon, or markers of fractures in the frozen rock.
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Photographers in La Palma, Spain, captured this sliver of moon over a cloud landscape that evokes Cloud City on the planet Bespin, a floating metropolis from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers are making strides on a radio telescope array that would be unfurled on the farside of the moon by an unmanned rover operated by astronauts hovering nearby at a gravitationally stable point in space.
27 July 2015, 07:31 AM ET
An Arctic crater holds promise for figuring out how to spot something interesting on the moon or Mars, an astronaut says.
15 July 2015, 06:00 PM ET
NASA has just funded seven far-out space-exploration concepts, including a submarine that would explore the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's huge moon Titan, an origami energy reflector and rapid space transit with an electric sail.
10 July 2015, 04:40 AM ET
Venus is putting on a show for skywatchers throughout July. Tonight (July 10), Earth's "sister planet" will be at its most luminous, blazing brightly in the western sky.
10 July 2015, 04:01 AM ET
A pre-dawn celestial pageant well worth getting up early to see will take place Sunday morning (July 12), with a lovely crescent moon in close proximity to one of the most beautiful star clusters.
09 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
As the International Space Station (ISS) zoomed over Australia on June 30, Dylan O'Donnell captured this amazing view of the orbiting lab crossing in front of the moon.
08 July 2015, 10:04 PM ET
The moon doesn’t have the winds, rivers or plate tectonics capable of erasing these marks of ancient impacts.
02 July 2015, 12:48 PM ET
The rock band Styx toured the control center for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, and learned more about Pluto's smallest moon, also named Styx.
01 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
01 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, and they're putting on a show this month.
30 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Time will stand still for one second this evening (June 30) as a "leap second" is added to atomic clocks around the world. The extra second is needed to deal with Earth's irregular but gradually slowing rotation.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
You can see the moon's famous Copernicus crater tonight (June 25) along the lunar terminator — the line that separates shadow from light.
21 June 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
07 June 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists announced surprising discoveries about Pluto's moons, a spacecraft beamed home amazing images taken from a comet's surface, and the United Arab Emirates outlined its bold Mars plans. Here's a look at's top stories of the week.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole.
15 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
14 May 2015, 07:49 PM ET
NASA's Kepler mission captured over 2 months of Triton's orbit of Neptune. Small moon Nereid joins in on the dance on Day 24 and some streaking asteroids make the flurry complete.
01 May 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Johann-Dietrich Wörner expressed his enthusiasm for a moon colony at the Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, a gathering of global, commercial, civil, military and "new space" experts that was held here from April 13 to April 16.
29 April 2015, 05:57 PM ET
Greg Diesel took this image of the moon over the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
29 April 2015, 05:45 PM ET
This seven-image panorama shows the Milky Way above Cape Neddick Light Station in York, Maine. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image on March 25 around just before the start of astronomical sunrise.
24 April 2015, 03:24 PM ET
About 45 minutes after the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday, Jupiter and the moon will be visible in the southwest sky, roughly two-thirds of the way up from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith).
22 April 2015, 11:29 AM ET
22 April 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Super-cold nitrogen geysers on Neptune’s moon Triton, and hot sulfurous plumes high above Jupiter’s moon Io, reveal how these fascinating worlds work. Watch ‘Secrets of the Universe’ on Hulu.
21 April 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Planetary scientist Paul Spudis has long been calling for humanity to return to the moon. He tells why manned exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor is so important.
17 April 2015, 05:36 PM ET
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
10 April 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Houston, we have... Apollo 13 custom LEGO minifigures! Launched in time for the start of the historic mission's 45th anniversary, UK-based has introduced a new set of four minifigures replicating the Apollo 13 crew and their flight director.
10 April 2015, 02:16 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell "lost the moon" after a mid-flight explosion. Now, on the anniversary of his most famous liftoff, the Adler Planetarium is launching its own "Mission Moon," based on Lovell's life.
09 April 2015, 04:58 PM ET
We usually think of the equinox on or around March 21 as the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. But these week you can see the last vestiges of the bright stars of winter arrayed just above the horizon.
06 April 2015, 03:57 PM ET
NASA's iconic Apollo moon landing mission patches come to life in a new video created by a professional animator. Cincinnati-based artist Neil Smith revealed his versions of the historic emblems in an animated clip posted to YouTube and Vimeo
06 April 2015, 10:16 AM ET
On April 4th, 2015, some skywatchers were treated to to a total lunar eclipse, which was the shortest 'Blood Moon' this century. The Griffith Observatory in California captured the event.
03 April 2015, 04:20 PM ET
Don't forget to look skyward in the early hours of the morning tomorrow (April 4), to catch a glimpse of the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, and the third of a four-eclipse "tetrad" visible from the United States.
03 April 2015, 09:33 AM ET
NASA Space Launch System first flight, names Exploration Mission-1, will not carry humans but will carry the Orion Spacecraft on a swing around the Moon.