Astronomers aim to image supermassive black hole

Scientists are working on a pioneering scheme to view the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

The Eagle Nebula redux


The European Space Agency (ESA) has released new images of the Eagle Nebula, which is located some 6,500 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens.



Russia squabbles over Phobos-Grunt debacle

Russia was understandably upset and perhaps more than a little embarrassed when the Phobos-Grunt probe - slated to explore a Martian moon - failed to escape Earth’s orbit and crashed into the ocean.

US eyes new space weapons policy

The Obama administration is reportedly ready to consider a new space weapons policy based on an international code of conduct.



NASA censors amateur sci-fi film


"Man on a Mission," a film documenting Richard Garriott's journey to the International Space Station (ISS) may have hit theaters, but there is another movie NASA apparently doesn't want you to see.

Russian spaceship crashes in Pacific

The failed Mars probe that was left spinning out of control when contact was lost shortly after takeoff, has crashed safely to Earth in the southern Pacific.

Crippled Russian probe set to hit Earth within days

The stricken Russian spacecraft, Phobos-Grunt, is likely to crash to Earth on Sunday or Monday, say scientists tracking its path.

Almost all Milky Way stars have planets

The vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy have at least one planet orbiting them, astronomers have concluded - and lots of these could be comparatively Earth-like.

'Saturn on steroids' discovered

Astrophysicists have for the first time observed a Saturn-like ringed planet orbiting a star like our own.

NASA discovers three smallest exoplanets

NASA's discovered its tiniest solar system yet, which includes the three smallest exoplanets ever found.

NASA's Hubble telescope detects ancient supernova

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected the weak glow of a star that exploded more than 9 billion years ago.

Colliding galaxies create 'the fat one'

Astronomers say they've detected the largest galaxy yet seen in the distant universe, more than seven billion light years from Earth.

NASA seeks friendly solution to ownership row

NASA says it'll do its best to resolve a dispute over an astronaut's attempts to auction off a notebook used in the Apollo 13 mission.

Double star could host habitable planet

Planets with two suns - like Star Wars' Tatooine - could really be habitable, astrophysicists have concluded - and they say they know where to look.

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.