Space Archive
22 January 2014, 09:04 AM ET
A pink lagoon glows in the heart of the Milky Way. New photos taken by a telescope in Chile put the Lagoon Nebula — a giant cloud of gas and dust located 5,000 light-years from Earth — on rosy display.
21 January 2014, 01:33 PM ET
Scientists hope that in just a few months they may get a confirmation of whether accelerated expansion of the universe did indeed take place in the first fleeting moments after the Big Bang.
21 January 2014, 01:07 PM ET
When scientists using a giant, icy detector in Antarctica announced in November they had found evidence of neutrino particles from outer space, scientists hailed the discovery as the beginning of a new era in neutrino astronomy.
21 January 2014, 12:45 PM ET
The glittering specks in this cool space wallpaper, resembling a distant flock of flying birds, are the stars that make up the dwarf galaxy ESO 540-31.
18 January 2014, 03:11 PM ET
Researcher finds convincing evidence for water molecules inside Venus.
17 January 2014, 09:50 AM ET
The process of selecting a site for NASA's next landing on Mars, planned for September 2016, has narrowed to four semifinalist sites located close together in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars, as seen in this space wallpaper.
17 January 2014, 09:36 AM ET
Japanese scientists are getting ready to launch a test of a space junk-cleaning tether, according to press reports.
17 January 2014, 09:27 AM ET
The pristine night sky — chock full of gleaming stars and awe-inspiring views of our Milky Way galaxy — comes to life in a magnificent time-lapse video shot from northern Chile.
16 January 2014, 06:10 PM ET
The test of China's new "hypersonic glide vehicle," which apparently took place Jan. 9, was not designed to advance the nation's ability to penetrate American missile defense systems, according to Chinese military officials.
15 January 2014, 03:11 PM ET
Scientists are mapping out a mission to the metallic asteroid Psyche, which is thought to be the exposed iron core of a protoplanet. The proposed mission would reveal insights about planet formation and afford the first-ever good look at a metal world.
15 January 2014, 02:58 PM ET
Astronomers have found a quiescent black hole orbiting a massive, fast-rotating 'B-emission' star, suggesting that these strange binary systems may be common throughout the Milky Way galaxy.
15 January 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Supermoon was a term invented by astrologer Richard Nolle many years earlier to refer to the coincidence between two astronomical events: a full moon and lunar perigee, when the moon is at its closest point to Earth.
15 January 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this beautiful space wallpaper of the Carina nebula from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
15 January 2014, 02:03 PM ET
Scientists using a powerful telescope in Chile have found an alien planet circling a star that is nearly identical to the sun in a star cluster 2,500 light-years from Earth.
15 January 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The sun, a massive nuclear-powered star at the center of the solar system, generates the heat and light that sustain life on Earth. But how hot is the sun?
15 January 2014, 11:47 AM ET
The origin of the two small moons of Mars, called Phobos and Deimos, have been shrouded in mystery since their discovery in 1877. But new models provide stronger suggestions that Phobos, at least, may be a captured asteroid.
14 January 2014, 02:36 PM ET
Mars Express — the first European Space Agency spacecraft built to investigate another planet — has been snapping color and 3D images of Mars for 10 years.
14 January 2014, 01:07 PM ET
Prominent patches of wind-blown dust, possibly mixed with volcanic ash, radiate from Becquerel crater and into a neighboring crater, as seen in this spectacular space wallpaper.
14 January 2014, 10:06 AM ET
Look at a picture of the Earth at night, and the world appears to be, quite literally, glowing. Now, scientists are starting to look for signs of advanced alien civilizations by the glow given off by technology used to harvest the energy from a star or ev
13 January 2014, 11:53 AM ET
New photos from the Hubble Space Telescope show the spooky looking Tarantula Nebula shining in never-before-seen detail. See how Hubble captured the amazing views of the creepy, crawly Tarantula nebula.
13 January 2014, 01:11 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows an optical color image of galaxies overlaid with X-ray data (magenta) from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
10 January 2014, 07:17 PM ET
NASA Associate ISS Program Scientist Tara Ruttley talks about the experiment and other science on the latest Orbital Sciences cargo run.
10 January 2014, 11:52 AM ET
Time travelers, if they exist amongst us, have yet to betray their period-hopping ways online, according to a fun, new study that tried to search out visitors from another time, based on their digital footprints.
10 January 2014, 09:45 AM ET
"Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars" opened Thursday at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition features photos taken by Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on the Red Planet in January 2004.
10 January 2014, 09:27 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover and its tracks are visible in a new image, which was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2013 and just released today (Jan. 9).
09 January 2014, 04:12 PM ET
Religion and astronomy don't often overlap, but a new NASA X-ray image has captured a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God." The hand was produced when a star blew up and ejected an enormous cloud of material.
09 January 2014, 02:38 PM ET
An ultraprecise new galaxy map is shedding light on the properties of dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be responsible for the universe's accelerating expansion.
09 January 2014, 12:47 PM ET
A solar flare that erupted on the sun this week could intensify the northern lights, and perhaps bring dazzling auroras as far south as Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
09 January 2014, 11:34 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows a set of images from NASA's Cassini mission that reveal the turbulent power of a monster Saturn storm.
09 January 2014, 09:16 AM ET
According to a new model, tectonically active "super-Earth" exoplanets likely store most of their water in the mantle, leaving exposed continents and oceans that would create a stable climate such as that of Earth.
08 January 2014, 03:29 PM ET
The supermassive singularity at the center of our galaxy (Sgr A*) flares in X-ray radiation every 5 - 10 days. Astronomers swing NASA’s Swift XRT spacecraft to spy on the 4 million solar mass black hole every few days.
08 January 2014, 02:13 PM ET
The five Great Lakes, in all their glory, barely peak out from the veil of clouds and whooshing snowfall above them in a new satellite image captured Monday (Jan. 6) as the Arctic's polar vortex barreled southward.