The stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have managed to probe the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed "weather map" yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs.

Vega encircled by asteroid belt

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

The black holes of the Caldwell 5 spiral galaxy

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) recently spotted the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside spiral galaxy IC342.

Curiosity sweeps rock clean for test

Another crucial instrument on the Curiosity Mars rover has had its  first test: the Dust Removal Tool, used to sweep dust from the rover's target rocks.

'Billions' of planets in habitable zones, says NASA

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered four new planets that are less than twice the size of Earth and which orbit in their star's habitable zone.

NASA eyes space trash for radiation shields

NASA researchers are currently evaluating small tiles made of space trash to determine if they can be safely stored aboard spacecraft and used as radiation shielding during future deep-space missions.

Robot hedgehogs could explore Martian moon

Rolling robots like spiky tumbleweeds could be used to explore the moons of Mars, says a team of NASA, Stanford and MIT engineers.

Curiosity rover shoots new self-portrait

NASA's released a new, stunning self-portrait of the Curiosity Mars rover, stitched together from dozens of high-resolution images.

New Curiosity Rover badge on Foursquare

You can now check-in to earn the Mars Curiosity Rover badge on the social networking site, Foursquare.

The dance of stars and space

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has managed to capture a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.

Oldest Earth-observing satellite to retire

The US Geological Survey is to decomission Landsat 5 - the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission ever.

Asteroid '2011 AG5' no longer a risk says NASA

So the world didn’t end on December 21, and it’s more good news for the future of humanity with the announcement that Asteroid 2011 AG5 is no longer an impact risk.

Mars Curiosity Rover explores Yellowknife Bay

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover is looking for new rocks to drill in area known as Yellowknife Bay on the Red Planet.

NASA's Hubble threads the Needle Galaxy

Much like locating a silver needle in the haystack of space, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently produced this beautiful image below of the spiral galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies ever observed by astronomers.

NASA probes smash into moon

As planned, NASA's two Grail spacecraft crashed into the moon yesterday afternoon, hitting a mountain at about 2:28 pm.

NASA finds symmetry in black hole jets

Scientists at NASA have discovered a new constant that links different sizes of black holes.

The smoky light of planetary nebula NGC 7354

The lonesome planetary nebula NGC 7354 is often overlooked because it is located in a relatively vacant region of space approximately 4,200 light-years away.

NASA probes on crash course for the moon

NASA's twin Grail spacecraft, which have been circling the moon for almost year, are set to crash into the moon's surface on Monday.

Hackers release FBI, Pentagon, NASA passwords

The hacking group Team GhostShell, which is affiliated with Anonymous, has released information online relating to 1.6 million government, military and industry accounts.

NASA 'dusts off' its Apollo archives

NASA has restored the dust archives from the Apollo 14 and Apollo 15 moon landing missions.