A closer look at the War and Peace Nebula

Deep in the Milky Way constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion) lies the War and Peace Nebula, or NGC 6357. This is a vast region of space where new stars are born in of chaotic clouds of gas and dust.

Yes, it snows on Mars


Clouds of snow blanket the Red Planet's poles during the dead of a Martian winter. However, unlike Earth's water-based snow, the particles on Mars are actually frozen crystals of carbon dioxide.  



Near miss for Earth in 2040, says asteroid team

A large asteroid that initially had scientists worried has only a small chance of striking the Earth in 2040, says NASA.

China's first manned space docking a success

China has successfully carried out its first manned space docking, according to official state media.

Hubble telescope spots a compact blue dwarf

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stellar view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks somewhat like salt sprinkled on black velvet in the image below. 



'Very little' telescope discovers weird new planets

Using a lens no more powerful than the one on your digital camera, astronomers have discovered two unusual exoplanets.

Tropical lakes spotted on Titan

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted long-standing methane lakes near the equator of Saturn’s moon Titan.

Earth-sized planets may be plentiful

There could be many more small planets than previously thought, thanks to the discovery that they don't need to form around stars rich in heavy elements.

Video: NASA’s NuSTAR launches

Following a successful launch, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has begun its mission to discover secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects.



Glass bubble find may explain weird lunar soil

The discovery of nanoparticles inside bubbles of glass in lunar soil could explain why the moon's surface topsoil has such unusual properties.

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.