Neighbor galaxies had near miss in the past

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a 'bridge' of hydrogen gas connecting two of our neighboring galaxies, indicating that they may once have brushed together.

China wants to cooperate in space


Beijing has reiterated its long-standing offer to cooperate with the United States in space. 



March solar flare was strongest yet seen

The solar flare which erupted on March 7 was the most powerful eruption ever observed by Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT).

NASA tweaks Mars rover landing plans

NASA has decided its precision landing gear is accurate enough to let it land the Curiosity Mars rover a lot closer to its target than expected.

China readies manned space station mission

China has announced plans for its first manned space docking, and says it will launch the mission as early as this month.

Could these strange new microbes survive on Mars?

Scientists have discovered new types of organism living in one of the most inhospitable soils in the world - raising hopes that something similar could survive on Mars.

NASA spots glow of universe's first objects

NASA believes it's spotted the dappled light of the first objects in the universe with the best precision yet.

Vesta asteroid is shrouded in many colors

A new video shot by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft depicts a dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. 



NASA's NuSTAR to x-ray the universe

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) may be the size of a refrigerator, but it will undoubtedly help astronomers discover some of the most interesting aspects of our universe.

Arc of Venus could explain atmospheric mystery

As Venus made its transit the sun, spacecraft and ground-based telescopes ahave been looking for a phenomenon that's only recently been explained: the Arc of Venus.

This black hole was evicted from its home galaxy

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has identified a massive black hole being ejected from its host galaxy at a staggering speed of several million miles per hour.

Hubble spots celestial swan and butterfly


NASA’s Hubble telescope has captured a breathtaking image of planetary nebula NGC 7026. 


Venus transit will help NASA improve future observations

NASA's NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is hoping to use Venus's transit of the sun on June 5 to better calibrate its instruments.

Faintest distant galaxy discovered

Astronomers at Arizona State University have found the faintest galaxy yet, one of the ten most distant objects currently known in space.

Mars methane not biological in origin

Disappointingly, scientists say they've been able to establish where the methane on Mars comes from - and it's not from living organisms.

Milky Way set for head-on crash with Andromeda galaxy

Look out: we're headed for a crash. In, ooh, just four billion years or so our Milky Way galaxy is set to collide with neighboring Andromeda.

Electric moon pushes the solar wind



A recent study by an international team of astronomers has determined that Earth's moon does indeed have a far-reaching, invisible influence on the Sun's solar wind.

SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific Ocean

Crew members of Expedition 31 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) unberthed the SpaceX Dragon capsule from the orbiting complex’s Harmony module early this morning.

Why the Earth isn't an ice ball

By rights, the much fainter sun two billion years ago should have left Earth as a giant snowball, incapable of developing life.

Virgin Galactic gets FAA permit for rocket-powered flights

Passenger spaceflight is a step closer to reality, following FAA approval for a powered test flight from Virgin Galactic later this year.