Report calls for new telescope to search for alien planets

The National Research Council is calling for an infrared space telescope as the top priority for NASA astrophysicists over the next ten years.

Volunteers discover rare neutron star

Three 'citizen scientists' putting their home computers to work when they would otherwise have been idle have discovered a rare rotating pulsar.

Hawking says colonization not an option

Stephen Hawking believes humans must colonize additional planets or face mass extinction.

ESO observes supernova in 3D

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time been able to see a stellar explosion in 3D.

Solar light show expected tonight

Spectacular Northern Lights may be visible tonight across the northern hemisphere, following a solar eruption on Sunday night.

ISS cooling system failure forces spacewalk repairs

The International Space Station's cooling system has shut down, forcing crew to plan repairs during a spacewalk later this week.

Martian rocks could show signs of life

A team of researchers says that rocks in the Nili Fossae region of Mars may contain the fossilized remains of life.

Hazardous asteroid on potential collision course with Earth

A dangerously large asteroid could hit the earth in 2182 - and it needs to be deflected by 2080 at the latest, according to a global research team.

Buckyballs found for the first time in space

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered the spherical carbon molecules known as 'buckyballs' in space for the first time.

NASA publishes detailed Mars map

NASA has published an amazingly detailed map of Mars which was painstakingly rendered using nearly 21,000 images gathered by Odyssey's  Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS).

Largest ever star discovered

Astronomers have discovered the biggest star ever - more than 300 times the mass of the Sun, and twice as large as the generally accepted limit of 150 solar masses.

Cassini spots giant snowballs in Saturn's rings

New pictures from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show 12-mile-wide snowballs forming in one of Saturn's rings.

Ground-based laser system to track space junk

An Australian company is to build the world's first automated laser system to track dangerous space junk.

WISE completes first all-sky survey

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE, completed its first survey of the entire sky over the weekend.

Private spacecraft makes first crewed flight

Richard Branson's private commercial spaceship has made its first crewed flight.

Planet observed with comet-like tail

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the existence of what they're calling a 'cometary planet' - one that's so close to its star that its heated atmosphere is escaping into space.

X-ray blast blinds Swift space observatory

The most powerful X-ray blast ever detected from deep space temporarily blinded NASA's Swift space observatory last month.

Earth may be younger than previously believed

Creationists still won't like it, but a new study indicates that the Earth is rather younger than previously believed - up to 70 million years younger, says the team.

Rosetta spacecraft probes Lutetia asteroid

The Rosetta spacecraft has captured the first, high-quality pictures of the  "Lutetia" asteroid.

NASA spots giant 'propellers' in Saturn's rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered a new class of moons in the rings of Saturn that create distinctive propeller-shaped gaps in ring material.