Astronomers have observed a massive 'superflare' from the Crab Nebula - but are scratching their heads to try to explain it.
Scientists believe they've worked out why some extrasolar planets orbit in the opposite direction to their star's rotation.
Scientists examining data from the Herschel space observatory say they've detected gigantic storms of molecular gas in the centre of many galaxies.
A mission to sail the seas of Titan is one of three projects shortlisted by NASA for its next Discovery mission.
Space Adventures says it's planning to expand the living space available on its planned tourist trip around the moon.
The world’s first commercial spaceship, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, has completed an important test of its reentry ability.
Einstein famously pointed out to an admirer that while a thousand experiments couldn't prove him right, a single one could prove him wrong.
Imagine looking up into the sky and seeing a giant asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier. Scary, eh? But don't worry, because although scientists predict the fly-by will happen this fall, they aren't concerned about a possible collision.
Scientists have created the biggest ever 3D map of the distant universe, using the light from 14,000 supermassive black holes, or quasars, at the centers of galaxies billions of light years away.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is conducting field tests on two electric vehicles in Antarctica to evaluate performance in extremely cold conditions.
A startup company known as Moon Express Inc. has deployed a new app developed by CrowdOptic to give researchers and fanboys an augmented reality experience of shuttle launches.
The launch of space shuttle Endeavour, originally planned for last Friday, will be delayed at least until following the discovery of problems with a heater on a fuel line.
After a 30 year journey, NASA's twin Voyager probes are about to leave the solar system and enter interstellar space.
Astronomers have discovered the densest rocky planet yet. Named 55 Cancri e, it's 60 per cent larger in diameter than Earth but eight times as massive - making it twice as dense as Earth, and almost as dense as lead.
The first stars in the universe may have spun at over a million miles per hour, astronomers at the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) and the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) say.
A shortage of funding has forced SETI's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) - used to search for signs of alien life - to shut down.
China's announced the details of its plans for a space station - and says it should be finished within the next ten years.
A Florida congrssman has introduced a bill calling for a US manned moon mission by 2022.
Bill Posey's bill - H.R. 1641, the Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act - says that a return to the moon would benefit the country through everything from new technologies to improved natinal security.
This week, the Hubble Space Telescope turned 21! Shots? Well, not for this special birthday.
Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are violent solar explosions capable of propelling up to 10 billion tons of the Sun's atmosphere - at a million miles an hour - out through the corona and into space.