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.

Some of universe's missing matter found

There's more atomic hydrogen in space than thought - but still not enough to solve the dark matter problem.

From the Arctic to Jupiter's Europa moon

A Canadian fjord may help scientists improve their understanding of Jupiter's icy Europa moon.

NASA completes main Grail mission ahead of time

NASA's Grail mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its main task ahead of schedule, gathering information about the internal structure and evolution of the moon in unprecedented detail.

Ghostly gamma-ray beams haunt the Milky Way


Astronomers have determined that the Milky Way's central black hole was quite active in the past.

Team observes asteroid pushed by sunlight

Scientists on NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, have been able to measure the orbit of their target asteroid so precisely that they can see the effects of sunlight on its motion.

Site picked for world's biggest radio telescope

A site has finally been chosen for the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array - and it's both Australia and South Africa.

Dragon rendezvous with the International Space Station

The Space X Dragon capsule has successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station (ISS), after being maneuvered into position by station's sophisticated robotic arm.

From lunar rovers to wet wipes: protecting artifacts on the moon

NASA's a bit concerned that the rush to the moon created by Google's Lunar X Prize could damage historic sites there.

Organic carbon originated on Mars

New, NASA-funded research indicates that very large molecules containing carbon - a key ingredient for the building blocks of life - have originated on Mars.

The dark shadows of Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently used a low sun angle to snap a memorable view of a large Martian crater.