China has recovered the lunar samples collected by the daring Chang'e 5 mission and now work is underway to get the materials to the laboratory for science — and for sharing.
A dark storm on Neptune abruptly switched directions and started moving away from almost certain death, puzzling astronomers.
A generation after a NASA spacecraft's probe found an unexpectedly hot and dense atmosphere at Jupiter, a newer agency mission may have some answers to the puzzle.
The eROSITA X-ray telescope just revealed two strange bubbles of X-ray energy, sitting smack-dab inside the Fermi Bubbles.
Astronomers have peered out into the vast expanse and spotted what they think is the farthest (and oldest) galaxy ever observed.
President Trump's February budget request included a surprise for planetary scientists: a new mission dubbed Mars Ice Mapper, the details of which are still beginning to surface.
The formation of the solar system is a challenging puzzle for modern astronomy and a terrific tale of extreme forces operating over immense timescales. Let's dig in.
On Dec. 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will cross paths in the night’s sky and for a brief moment, they will appear to shine together as one body.
Did the creator of the universe leave a hidden message in the cosmos for intelligent life? If so, scientists have yet to find it. But at least one is still trying.
Following the collapse of the historic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, China has opened the biggest radio telescope in the world up to international scientists.
The Chang'e 5 return capsule carrying lunar samples is headed for a Beijing laboratory for opening, with a research team eagerly awaiting their chance to start studying the fresh moon specimens.
Satellites in orbit have captured stunning views of the powerful Nor'easter that dropped snow on a wide swath of the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 16-17).
Scientists may have detected radio emissions from a planet orbiting a star beyond our sun for the first time.
China's Chang'e 5 moon sample-return capsule landed in Inner Mongolia on Wednesday (Dec. 16), returning lunar rocks for the first time since 1976.
Ghostly circles of radio emission, hanging out in space like cosmic smoke-rings, can't be explained by current theories. And astronomers are excited to figure them out.
A hypothetical particle known as the ultralight boson could be responsible for our universe's dark matter.