24 July 2015, 10:17 AM ET
A G2-type star (Kepler 452), the same class as the Sun, harbors the planet Kepler-452b. The planet is 60 percent larger than Earth and receives 10 percent more energy from its Sun than the Earth.
23 July 2015, 12:28 PM ET
Kepler-452b size is important because it receives 10 percent more energy from its Sun than we do from ours. That mass protects it from experiencing "runaway greenhouse effect and the loss of its water inventory," according to NASA.
23 July 2015, 09:46 AM ET
A simulation has been developed to show how the gravitational field of a black hole disrupts a star. As the star is ingested, an accretion disk of stellar material is formed.
22 July 2015, 05:42 PM ET
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui launched aboard from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 22nd, 2015.
22 July 2015, 11:26 AM ET
The guitar player and astrophysicist was at the New Horizons' mission control when the "first 2 by 2 mosaic full-planet picture was downloaded from the probe." He assembled the two images for viewing in a stereoscopic viewer.
21 July 2015, 02:44 PM ET
The Medigus Ltd's micro ScoutCam™ 1.2 is the borescope camera on NASA’s Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool.
21 July 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Hydra and Nix were snapped from a distance of ~600,000 kilometers on July 13th and again on July 14th at a distance of 231,000 kilometers (Hydra) and 165,000 kilometers (Nix).
21 July 2015, 10:23 AM ET
The NASA New Horizons' long-range imaging camera (LORRI) has sent back the best views of the icy dwarf that humanity has ever seen and there is more to come. It is a panchromatic CCD camera that is 2 feet long with a 8.2-inch aperture
20 July 2015, 04:41 PM ET
The Space Launch System RS-25 engine was test fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center on July 17th, 2015. The engine was tested at several power levels, "including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine’s rated power," according to NASA.
20 July 2015, 10:34 AM ET
Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the European Space Agency's 'Earth From Space' series tours the five boroughs with a satellite image captured by Japan's ALOS satellite in 2010. The video was produced to promote ‘My Planet from Space’ exhibition.
15 July 2015, 05:51 PM ET
Starting with Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and ending with New Horizons most recently released photo, its been an incredible journey to the far reaching icy dwarf. A complete list of sources for each image can be found on NASA.gov.
15 July 2015, 04:07 PM ET
Some of the best images of Pluto and Charon were captured between July 11-July 14th, 2015 and have been revealed to the world. The closest approach images of July 14 show stunningly diverse worlds.
15 July 2015, 02:56 PM ET
Space.com's Calla Cofield talks to NASA's planetary science division director Jim Green about the impact of the New Horizons' mission and whether any new missions to the icy dwarf are planned.
15 July 2015, 12:12 PM ET
The star HP 11915 is similar in mass and age to our Sun. Now a Jupiter-like world has been found orbiting it. The distance between this planet and its star is roughly the same as that between Jupiter and the Sun.
14 July 2015, 09:12 PM ET
Telemetry and data has been received as planned on the evening of July 14th, 2015. The Mission Operations Manager (MOM) Alice Bowman delivers the update.
14 July 2015, 08:16 PM ET
He calls himself an "accessory" to the demotion of Pluto in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt. Tyson uses Pluto's mass and its orbit crossing with that of Neptune as two major sticking point for classifying it as a dwarf planet.
14 July 2015, 09:17 AM ET
NASA's John Grunsfeld, Alan Stern and Alice Bowman talk at press conference less than an hour after the the probe's closest approach to the icy dwarf. They provide updates on when we should expect new images.
14 July 2015, 07:42 AM ET
New Horizons was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface of the icy dwarf at 4pm EDT on July 13th, 2015. Closest approach will occur at 7:49am EDT on July 14th.
13 July 2015, 05:39 PM ET
A collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and Sweden's Linkoping University animates NASA's New Horizons closest encounter with the Pluto-Charon system. The OpenSpace software used can be obtained here: openspace.itn.liu.se.
13 July 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Investigation of imagery and other data from the approaching probe reveal Pluto to be larger than previous estimates. Principal investigator Alan Stern explains the implications on ice composition, rock estimates, and atmospheric composition.
13 July 2015, 09:26 AM ET
The new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" cast meets up with the old at San Diego Comic Con 2015 for a panel. Hear from Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and more.
09 July 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Hubble Space Telescope imagery of galaxy ESO 381-12 (a.k.a. PGC 4287) may show the after effects of a galactic merger. Telltale 'shells' of gas and dust could be results of "shock waves through its structure much like ripples in a pond."
09 July 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Pluto may only be the beginning of NASA New Horizons' exploration of the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt.
08 July 2015, 10:09 AM ET
The New Horizons spacecraft's historic flyby of Pluto will occur on July 14, 2015. "Mission Pluto" premieres Tuesday (July 14) at 9 p.m. EDT/8 CDT on the National Geographic Channel.
07 July 2015, 03:03 PM ET
Neptune's rotational axis (28.3°) is a little more tilted than Earth's (23.5°) and, because it has no solid surface, its equatorial atmosphere spins more slowly (18 hrs.) than its magnetic field (16 hrs.).
07 July 2015, 10:27 AM ET
NASA's Opportunity rover has 'run' a science marathon (and then some!) on the Red Planet, traveling over 26.2 miles.
07 July 2015, 09:50 AM ET
Executive produced by NASA Pluto New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern.
06 July 2015, 04:42 PM ET
Nearly 30 observations were lost due to a glitch during a system update on July 4th, 2015. NASA principal investigator Alan Stern lists the data that will not be retrieved from July 4th until July 7th.
06 July 2015, 10:21 AM ET
Black and white imagery from the NASA probe's LORRI instrument is combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create the first color time-lapse of the Pluto-Charon orbital "dance". Also, the New Horizons team released an artist impression
02 July 2015, 04:45 PM ET
The constellation Scorpius has a 'reddish star at at its 'heart' and guards a treasure-trove of nigh sky targets. Venus and Jupiter hang low in the western sky and the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at the end of the month.
02 July 2015, 04:12 PM ET
The constellation Sagittarius looks like a teapot and will be spew Milky Way 'steam' (aka center of our galaxy) this month. The area is frothy with nebulae, star clusters and, if you have a really good telescope, Pluto.