Space Archive
19 February 2014, 02:47 PM ET
The devastating, explosive deaths of stars appear to be lopsided cosmic conflagrations, scientists say. The new findings may be a clue into what exactly happens in the hearts of stars as they explode as supernovas.
19 February 2014, 02:11 PM ET
The retired Earth-watching satellite Landsat 5 may have quit taking pictures of planet, but it’s apparently not finished posing in them.
19 February 2014, 12:26 PM ET
Astronomers studying the remnants of a well-known stellar explosion discovered a blisteringly fast shock wave that is rushing inward at 1,000 times the speed of sound, lighting up what remains of the powerful cosmic explosion.
19 February 2014, 11:55 AM ET
A new image of M7 shows stars shining like diamonds in the tail of Scorpius. The star cluster is about 200 million years old and a part of its population are expected to explode as supernovas.
19 February 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal that the central part of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy completes one rotation every 250 million years — the same time it takes the sun finish a lap around the core of our own Milky Way.
19 February 2014, 10:54 AM ET
The zoomed panel on this space wallpaper highlights the galaxy known as z8_GND_5296, which was recently confirmed to be the most distant galaxy known, hailing from only 700 million years after the Big Bang.
18 February 2014, 11:27 PM ET
How do you sense the world beyond a spacesuit's restrictions?
18 February 2014, 07:58 PM ET
Swimsuit-clad model Kate Upton dives and floats, not in water, but through the air for a new spread in Sports Illustrated. Upton flew on a Zero Gravity Corporation flight to model new bikini and one-piece fashions in weightlessness for Sports Illustrated'
14 February 2014, 05:44 PM ET
A full moon is rising for lovers on Valentine's Day and it will be a Snow Moon. If weather permits, look up on Friday (Feb. 14) to see the full moon shining brightly in the winter sky.
14 February 2014, 10:01 AM ET
When NASA's Cold Atom Lab reaches the International Space Station in 2016, it will create temperatures one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero, allowing researchers to study the strange behavior of quantum mechanics.
14 February 2014, 09:50 AM ET
The $8 million PandaX (Particle and Astrophysical Xenon) dark-matter experiment — which lies 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) underground, inside a mountain made of marble — will be up and running early this year.
14 February 2014, 09:40 AM ET
Pretty much any asteroid that poses a threat to Earth can be blasted out of the heavens using a nuclear bomb, even with warning times of a week or less, say a team of scientists who have been developing the idea.
14 February 2014, 09:28 AM ET
Several hundred galaxies and the huge amounts of gas that permeate them are depicted in this space wallpaper, which shows the core of the Shapley Supercluster, the largest cosmic structure in the local Universe.
13 February 2014, 02:57 PM ET
The largest moon in the solar system has finally received its cartographic due, more than 400 years after its discovery.
13 February 2014, 02:22 PM ET
A strange ribbon of energy and particles at the edge of the solar system first spotted by a NASA spacecraft appears to serve as a sort of "roadmap in the sky" for the interstellar magnetic field, scientists say.
12 February 2014, 07:54 PM ET
Can Mars soil provide enough hydrogen for fuel?
12 February 2014, 02:56 PM ET
The Research and Education Cooperative Occultation (RECON) catalogues outer solar system Kuiper Belt objects while training high school students with real astronomical science.
12 February 2014, 12:07 PM ET
The new video, which NASA released Tuesday (Feb. 11), is a greatest-hits set from the Solar Dynamics Observatory's fourth year in orbit, compiling some of its most dramatic and beautiful images from the last 12 months.
12 February 2014, 11:55 AM ET
A writhing, violent region below the surface of the sun glows in a newly released video. Scientists created the video using data collected by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft (IRIS, for short).
12 February 2014, 11:49 AM ET
Space officials from the United States and France signed an agreement this week in preparation to send a robotic lander to Mars that will peer deep into the core of the Red Planet, NASA announced.
12 February 2014, 11:41 AM ET
This vivid Kompsat-2 space wallpaper shows the Amazon River in the heart of northern Brazil’s rainforest. The false color makes land vegetation appear pink, while water appears green and dark blue.
11 February 2014, 07:00 PM ET
Art brings a new dimension to help people explore space.
11 February 2014, 09:46 AM ET
Astronomers may have found the oldest known star in the universe. The ancient star formed not long after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, according to Australian National University scientists.
11 February 2014, 09:35 AM ET
The moon rises above the Pacific in this spectacular space wallpaper taken March 4, 2005, just three minutes before the point of closest approach during Rosetta's Earth fly-by. This image was released Oct. 11, 2013.
11 February 2014, 09:29 AM ET
What's new under the Sun? NASA's IRIS probe has taken an unusually detailed and deep look at the interface region beneath the Sun’s surface. It is much more violent and explosive than researchers previously believed.
10 February 2014, 07:06 PM ET
The marks, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), snake down some crater walls and other slopes when the mercury rises on the Red Planet. New research finds seasonal changes in iron minerals at RSL sites.
10 February 2014, 06:35 PM ET
A new deep view of the universe from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed one of the youngest galaxies ever observed by astronomers.
10 February 2014, 01:59 PM ET
New images of galaxy Centaurus A, equivalent to a single Chandra X-Ray telescope exposure nearly 10 days long taken between 1999 and 2012, shows bright jets from a supermassive black hole. A dark dust lane is a fossil of an ancient galaxy collision.
10 February 2014, 12:24 PM ET
Worlds with twin suns like Luke Skywalker's fictional home world Tatooine in "Star Wars" may be born far from the stellar heart of their alien solar systems, scientists say.
10 February 2014, 12:13 PM ET
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
10 February 2014, 11:52 AM ET
In this stunning space wallpaper, taken with the Cassini wide-angle camera on June 6, 2012, the spacecraft looks toward the night side of Titan and sees sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere and forming a ring of color.
07 February 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A probe orbiting Mercury has beamed more than 200,000 images to ground controllers on Earth, and it's still going strong.