Asteroid to buzz Earth on Friday

An asteroid the size of a small office block is due to whizz past Earth on Friday, traveling at over 28,000 miles per hour.

Using space tech to root out counterfeit food

A laser device originally designed to measure carbon on Mars could soon be used here on Earth to root out counterfeit foods, making sure that honey, olive oil and chocolate are what they claim.

How to build a lunar base with 3D printing

Building a base on the moon could theoretically be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to construct it from local materials.

Old star may still be making planets

Astronomers using the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Telescope have spotted a star that appears to be making new planets, despite being well past the age at which it would be expected to do so.

NASA joins mission to investigate dark matter

NASA has signed up to join the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope due to launch in 2020 and designed to investigate dark matter and dark energy.

Red supergiant star braces for dusty wall collision

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has identified multiple arcs around Betelgeuse, the nearest red supergiant star to Earth.

Reull Vallis: A river ran through it on Mars

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express has captured a detailed image of the upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars.

ESA teams with NASA for manned moon orbit

The European Space Agency is teaming up with NASA for a mission that will take human beings beyond Earth orbit for the first time in 40 years - and eventually, it says, further than ever before.

Asteroid Apophis passes safely past Earth

The massive asteroid Apophis shot past Earth last night, on a trajectory that will bring it even closer during its next flyby in 2029.

Vega encircled by asteroid belt

Astronomers believe they've found a large asteroid belt around Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies.

Are volcanoes active on Venus?

Volcanic eruptions may be the explanation for large changes in the sulfur dioxide content of Venus’s atmosphere, and one intriguing possible explanation is volcanic eruptions.

Vast comet belts found around nearby stars

Astronomers using ESA's Herschel space observatory have discovered enormous comet belts surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host only Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds.

Enormous gas filament connects galaxy clusters

For the first time, ESA's Planck space telescope has detected a bridge of hot gas connecting a pair of galaxy clusters 10 million light-years apart.

Dying star briefly reborn

European Space Agency astronomers have found evidence for a dying sun-like star coming back to life - something they say may happen to our own sun in a few billion years.

The ancient stars of NGC 6362

The ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile recently captured a colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362.

ESA steps up search for Earth-like planets

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded funding to a project aimed at identifying Earth-like planets that could be capable of supporting life.

Water reservoirs spotted in Taurus constellation

The ESA's Hershel space observatory recently discovered enough water vapor to fill Earth's oceans more than 2000 times over in a gas and dust cloud that is on the verge of collapsing into a new Sun-like star.

Comet crystals spotted in nearby planetary system

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has spotted pristine material that matches comets in our own Solar System in a dust belt around the young star Beta Pictoris.

The ice-coated beauty of Mars’ Silver Island

The high-resolution stereo camera on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express has captured a series of breathtaking images depicting a region within the 1800 km-wide and 5 km-deep Argyre basin.

Space Station ferry burns up on re-entry

The European Space Agency's (ESA) third Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry has completed the final part of its successful six-month servicing mission to the International Space Station (ISS).