Study gives clues to future of Milky Way's central black hole

A new study from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory could tell us more about how black holes are created - and about the future of the black hole at the heart of our own galaxy.

South Pole neutrino observatory completed

The world's largest neutrino observatory was completed on Saturday, with the installation of the final string of optical sensors in the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

NASA illuminates dark side of the moon

NASA is working on a topographic map of the moon showing its mysterious dark side in greater detail than ever before.

To X-37B or not to X-37B? 



Back in May 2010, shortly after it was launched, I wrote a speculative piece about the military's X-37B experimental unmanned craft.

Saturnian cyclone has lasted five years

Researchers at the University of the Basque Country say they've been monitoring a cyclone on Saturn for more than five years, making it the longest-lasting cyclone ever found on any of the giant planets.

Hubble snaps 'Christmas tree bauble'

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope show an appropriately festive-looking bubble of gas in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Voyager 1 enters the doldrums

After 33 years' traveling, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the point at the edge of the solar system where the solar wind has died down.

Solar eruption hits Earth today

'Citizen scientists' have discovered that a major solar storm is to hit the Earth today.

Ridge on Saturn's moon created as ring slammed into the equator

In the five years since Cassini released images of a bizarre ridge encircling the equator of Saturn's moon Iapetus, astronomers have struggled for an explanation.

Fastest-ever man-made craft gets EU go-ahead

The EU has agreed funding for a project to create the largest and fastest man-made craft in history.

The diamond as big as a planet

It's a long way to go, but it could be worth it: most of the rocks on an odd gas giant 1,200 light years away could be made of diamond, astronomers say.

Planetary system looks very like our own

With the discovery of a fourth giant planet, astronomers are hailing the HR 8799 system as remarkably similar to our own.

SpaceX test flight goes without a hitch

A day later than planned, the first test flight and re-entry of a commercial spaceship has been completed successfuly.

Spacecraft fails to enter Venus orbit

Japan's Akatsuki probe has failed to go into orbit around Venus as planned, meaning a six-year wait until another attempt can be made.

Miniature satellite ejected in space

Yesterday, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite, marking a big step forward for efforts to clear space junk using solar sails.

Cracks delay SpaceX demo flight

The first demonstration flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 commercial spacecraft for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program has been postponed.

Rocket crash caused by programming error

A Russian rocket carrying three satellites crashed yesterday after blasting off from the Baikonur launchpad.

New nova images confirm strange flickers and flares

Astronomers have observed unexpected patterns in the light emitted by exploding stars, or novae.

First super-Earth atmosphere revealed

Astrophysicists have made the first measurements of the atmosphere of a 'super-Earth' planet known as GJ 1214b.

Universe may hold three times as many stars as thought

New observations have indicated that there are three times as many stars in the universe as previously believed.