Vast cosmic filaments of dark matter mapped

Astronomers have produced the most comprehensive map yet of the universe's dark matter, finding it spread in a spiderweb around which ordinary matter coalesces.

NASA picks spot for Martian rover's winter break

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is set to ride out the worst of the Martian winter at Greeley Haven, a rocky outcrop recently named after ASU Regents' Professor Ronald Greeley, a planetary geologist who died last October.

Fruit flies levitated to aid astronaut research

A team of scientists at the University of Nottingham has been levitating fruit flies to investigate how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space.

Quadrantid meteor shower is almost here



The first big meteor shower of 2012 is set to kick off early Wednesday morning from about 3-5 a.m.



Moon probes in place after successful burn

NASA's two GRAIL probes have now successfully been placed in orbit around the moon.

Security breached at Russian rocket plant

A young Russian blogger has revealed a total lack of security at a military rocket facility near Moscow.

China lays out five-year space plan

China's released a white paper setting out its plans to accelerate space activities over the next five years.

Moon probes to go into orbit this weekend

NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft will be placed into orbit around the moon over the New Year weekend, in preparation for their mission to study its composition and gravity field.

Online volunteers could help find alien artifacts on the moon

Two Arizona State University scientists are calling for a thorough scan of images of the moon to try and identify signs of aliens.

Russian comm satellite crashes in Siberia

A communications satellite plummeted to the Earth after its Soyuz-2 carrier rocket failed to reach orbit shortly after lifting off from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. 



Cassini snaps new pictures of Saturn and Titan

NASA has released a number of new images of Saturn and Titan snapped by the agency’s Cassini spacecraft.

Ancient galaxy seen creating two stars a week

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known is churning out stars at the rate of 100 per year.

Distant planets show Earth's fiery future

NASA says its discovered two Earth-sized planets that have been swallowed up by their star - and survived.

Complex molecules discovered on Pluto

Scientists have discovered new evidence indicating that there may be complex hydrocarbons on the surface of Pluto.

Newly-discovered exoplanets could once have supported life

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first Earth-sized, rocky planets orbiting a star similar to our own, and says it's possible that they could once have harbored life.

Comet Lovejoy survives close encounter with the sun

To the surprise and delight of astronomers, a comet discovered just two weeks ago as it hurtled towards the sun has skimmed the star and re-emerged the other side.

Microbes found thriving in Mars-like conditions

The discovery of microbes in any icy lava tube in Oregon raises hope that similar microorganisms could survive in the very similar conditions to be found on Mars.

NASA detects "heartbeat" of smallest black hole

NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite has identified a candidate for the smallest-known black hole.

Supernova observations yield new answers

The discovery of a supernova just hours after its explosion has given scientists an unprecedented amount of information about such cosmic explosions.

Gas cloud spirals into Milky Way black hole

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have spotted a giant gas cloud being sucked into the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.