Black hole emits giant jets

Please don't snigger, but ESO and NASA astronomers have discovered a black hole blowing out an enormous bubble of hot gas.

First Planck images reveal Universe's earliest light

The Planck telescope team has released its first full-sky picture - the clearest yet taken, showing the glow of the first light in the universe.

Progress docks successfully on second attempt

Crew on the International Space station successfully captured the drifting Progress 38 spaceship yesterday after it failed to dock as planned on Friday.

New Air Force satellite to monitor space junk

The US Air Force will this week launch a satellite designed to monitor the skies for dangerous debris.

Second docking attempt planned for errant spaceship

Russian and US space station program managers are this morning expected to approve another attempt to dock their Progress cargo ship with the International Space Station tomorrow.

Milky Way stars came from elsewhere in cosmic game of pool

Many of the Milky Way's ancient stars derive from other smaller galaxies torn apart by violent galactic collisions, say researchers at Durham University.

Team creates precursors of life in Titan-like environment

Scientists have created organic macromolecules by zapping a Titan-like atmosphere with UV rays. The discovery supports the idea that the moon of Saturn could support life.   

Satellite prepares for 3D scan of the entire Earth's surface

A new Earth observation satellite launched only a week ago has already delivered its first images.

Team finds evidence of recent water on Mars

A research team led by Brown University has found evidence of liquid water on Mars much more recently than previously reported.

Supersonic winds observed on exoplanet

Astronomers have for the first time observed a massive storm on a planet outside our solar system.

Astronomers catch moment of star's birth

What could be the youngest known star has been photographed in the earliest stages of being born.

New telescope set to be ten times more powerful than Hubble

The world's most powerful telescope - a ground-based one, no less - has made its first set of observations.

Iridium picks Falcon 9 to launch next-generation satellites

The successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket two weeks ago obviously impressed the punters - Iridium has signed a deal with the Falcon's creator, SpaceX, to use it to launch a fleet of commercial satellites.

NASA releases some - not all - data on possible planets

NASA's Kepler Mission has identified more than 750 possible extrasolar planets after monitoring more than 156,000 stars. But it's keeping the best data back.

Much more water on moon than thought

There's a lot more water in the moon's interior than previously believed, say scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory.

Japanese space capsule recovered - but is there anything inside?

Japan's Hayabusa mission, the first to collect samples from an asteroid, made a successful return to earth last night in the Australian outback.

Ancient Martian ocean may have supported life

Evidence that a vast ocean may have covered one-third of the surface of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago gives new support to the idea that the planet may once have harbored life.

Best-known comets may be visitors from other stars

Many of the most famous comets in history, including Halley, Hale-Bopp and McNaught, may have come to our solar system from elsewhere.

Youngest exoplanet discovered - and it grew up fast

Images of an alien planet passing in front of its sun have demonstrated that gas giants can form very quickly.

South Korean rocket may have crashed

A South Korean rocket which was launched yesterday has crashed, a local news station reports.