Space Archive
08 January 2014, 10:51 AM ET
Chad Blakley ( captured the intense northern lights over Abisko National Park in norther Sweden on January 7th, 2014. The powerful Solar x-flare on the same day may deliver auroras even further south by Jan. 9th.
08 January 2014, 09:54 AM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows an example of a bipolar planetary nebula. This object, which is known as Hubble 12 and also catalogued as PN G111.8-02.8, lies in the constellation of Cassiopeia.
08 January 2014, 09:39 AM ET
A massive solar flare erupted from the sun on Tuesday (Jan. 7), rising up from what appears to be one of the largest sunspot groups seen on the star's surface in a decade, NASA officials say.
08 January 2014, 09:19 AM ET
Two independent studies used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture galaxies from the early universe. One spotted galaxies 100 times fainter than previous detections, while the other captured galaxies up to 20 times brighter than similar galaxies.
08 January 2014, 09:12 AM ET
Kepler officials have been invited to submit a funding proposal by Jan. 31 for a new mission called K2, which would effectively extend the telescope's life by using its two reaction wheels to keep Kepler stable.
08 January 2014, 08:58 AM ET
A new set of breathtaking photos reveals a never-before-seen deep view of the universe. Released as the first "Frontier Fields" view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the new images mark the deepest-ever observations of a cluster of galaxies.
08 January 2014, 08:53 AM ET
Violent storm clouds and molten iron rain may be common occurrences on the failed stars known as brown dwarfs, new research suggests. Astronomers found changes in brightness that they believe signify the presence of storm clouds.
07 January 2014, 05:47 PM ET
A fast-spinning star packed tightly with two white dwarf companions may be the best test yet of Einstein's theory of general relativity.
07 January 2014, 05:39 PM ET
Astronomers have detected thousands of planets outside of the solar system, but little is known about their composition. Now, the Gemini Telescope's Planet Imager enables scientists to image exoplanets directly.
07 January 2014, 03:36 PM ET
An X1-class flare erupted from sunspot AR1944 on Jan. 7th, 2014. A geomagnetic storm may affect Earth, possibly resulting in radio interference, or even electrical blackouts. Earlier in the day, a less powerful M-class flare was recorded as well.
07 January 2014, 01:14 PM ET
Were life's origins aided by the impacts of asteroids and comets?
07 January 2014, 12:58 PM ET
Popular astrophysicst Neil deGrasse Tyson lectured other astronomers on the importance of putting scientific information in managable, relatable segments.
07 January 2014, 09:53 AM ET
This space wallpaper is a comparison of how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
07 January 2014, 09:26 AM ET
Five rocky planets are among a slew of newly discovered alien worlds found by NASA's prolific Kepler spacecraft.
06 January 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The exoplanet candidate KOI-314c, which lies about 200 light-years away, is roughly as massive as Earth but is 60 percent larger, thanks to an extremely thick atmosphere, researchers said.
06 January 2014, 04:52 PM ET
There's a new kind of planet to add to Kepler's cornucopia of alien worlds, and you won't find it in Earth's own solar system. Many of the newfound orbs, described here today (Jan. 6) at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, have a rocky core.
06 January 2014, 04:44 PM ET
This fascinating space wallpaper shows the caterpillar-shaped knot, called IRAS 20324+4057, which is a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. It is still in the process of collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it.
06 January 2014, 04:18 PM ET
A new image from a powerful telescope in Chile reveals massive amounts of dust created in the remnants of an exploded star for the first time.
03 January 2014, 03:06 PM ET
Night sky photographer LeRoy Zimmerman captured these amazing images of aurora borealis over Alaska. See how he captured the views near Fairbanks in early December.
03 January 2014, 02:58 PM ET
Amateur astronomer David Ellison captured this beautiful image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas from his backyard in Chatanooga, Tenn. See how he did it here.
02 January 2014, 09:34 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows part of a set of three images revealing views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
02 January 2014, 08:59 AM ET
Scientists have found evidence of extraterrestrial clouds blanketing two of the most common types of planets in our Milky Way galaxy. One of the alien planets is a so-called 'super-Earth' while the other has been dubbed a 'warm Neptune.'
31 December 2013, 05:44 PM ET
If you live in the southern hemisphere, you now can safely view the aftermath of a nuclear explosion from the comfort of your own backyard.
31 December 2013, 04:30 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper is an artist's concept showing the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth.
30 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
From extrasolar planets to extraterrestrial neutrinos, these scientific findings have made sure that 2013 has been an unforgettable year.
30 December 2013, 12:05 PM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has capped 2013 with a spectacular new collection of Saturn photos showcasing the planet's beauty, as well with its trademark rings and strange moons.
27 December 2013, 04:25 PM ET
Here's a list of the top alien planet finds of 2013, from a tiny world about the size of Earth's moon to a blue gas giant on which it rains molten glass.
27 December 2013, 04:15 PM ET
The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this space wallpaper from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
23 December 2013, 05:23 PM ET
This message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden was sent to the moon and back with only a few seconds of delay. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration mission aboard NASA's LADEE spacecraft successfully received and retransmitted the video.
23 December 2013, 02:25 PM ET
This space wallpaper of Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 combines radio observations acquired with ALMA with much shorter wavelength visible light observations from ESO’s New Technology Telescope.
23 December 2013, 01:45 PM ET
The Westfjords peninsula image was created by combining 3 radar acquisitions from the Envisat satellite. The grey are area is land and the colorful fjords (sea between the 'branches'). ESA's series 'Earth from Space' takes at look at it.
23 December 2013, 12:43 PM ET
Night-shining clouds started glowing high above Antarctica earlier than usual this year, data from a NASA satellite show. These rare types of wispy blue-white clouds, called noctilucent clouds, form when water freezes around meteor smoke.