In some dramatic images, astronomers have for the first time observed magnetic braids of super-hot matter on the surface of the sun, the first clear evidence of energy transfer from its magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona.
In space, dense clouds of cosmic gas and dust are the birthplaces of new stars. In visible light, this dust is often dark and obscuring, concealing the stars behind it.
DARPA has released a video detailing some of the progress it's made with its Phoenix project for repurposing existing satellites.
Astronomers have made the most precise measurement ever of how the universe has cooled down during its 13.77 billion year history - putting the Big Bang theory to the test.
A few years ago, if a company had stepped up and said it planned to send unmanned spacecraft to explore the possibility of mining asteroids in near earth orbit, quite a number of us probably would have politely chuckled.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has identified multiple arcs around Betelgeuse, the nearest red supergiant star to Earth.
University of Leicester planetary scientists believe they've found the first clear evidence that auroras occur outside our solar system.
Astronomers believe they've worked out the source of a mysterious burst of gamma rays that irradiated the Earth in the 8th century.
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) has captured a new view of a 20,000-year old supernova remnant - offering additional clues to the history of the giant cloud which bears a distinct resemblance to the Florida Manatee.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has found evidence that McLaughlin Crater once contained a lake fed by flowing groundwater.
The Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth in a long and slow dance around our galaxy.
NASA scientists have successfully beamed an iconic image of the Mona Lisa to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft from Earth.
A rather busy patch of space was recently snapped by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Scattered with many nearby stars, the field boasts numerous galaxies in the background.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express has captured a detailed image of the upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars.
Drifting sand is steadily filling the craters of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, making it look much younger than it is.
Call it a bouncy castle at your peril: it's an expandable space habitat, don't you know. And it's to be the next big addition to the International Space Station, arriving in 2015 for a two-year trial.
The European Space Agency is teaming up with NASA for a mission that will take human beings beyond Earth orbit for the first time in 40 years - and eventually, it says, further than ever before.
An international team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the French Space Agency say they have managed to track a trail of minerals that point to the prior presence of water at the Curiosity rover site on Mars.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the road again, driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that the team says could help shed light on Mars' watery past.
The constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear) is home to Messier 101, which astronomers have dubbed the Pinwheel Galaxy.