Planet torn apart by its own tides

Astrophysicists have for the first time got the opportunity to watch a planet being distorted and destroyed by its host star.

Cassini flyby reveals multiple ice geysers on Saturn moon

NASA has released a series of images that reveal a "forest" of geysers spraying ice from prominent fissures along the south polar region of Enceladus.

No gaming or iPods allowed in space

In space, no one can hear you scream or listen to your iPod.

Milky Way is full of alien invaders

Around a quarter of the star clusters in our galaxy sneaked their way in from other galaxies, according to scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.

Hubble reveals creation of massive galaxy

There's slow developers everywhere, and the Hubble space telescope has discovered the astronomical equivalent: a group of small, ancient galaxies that have waited 10 billion years to get round to building a large elliptical galaxy.

WISE telescope offers up 'candy store' of images

NASA has released the first pictures from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE.

Ancient meteorite packed with organic compounds

A new analysis of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than 40 years ago has revealed the presence of millions of organic compounds.

Hubble captures Saturn's northern and southern lights

The Hubble space telescope has for the first time snapped the flickering aurorae that light up both of Saturn's poles.

Milky Way mapping project hits one teraflop of power

The Milky Way@Home project - which ropes in home computer users to help map the galaxy - says its combined computing power has now overtaken the second-most-powerful supercomputer in the world.

Ingredients for life present on Saturn's moon

It's looking more and more likely that Saturn's moon Enceladus has a large body of sub-surface water, increasing hopes that it may harbour life.

Extension planned for ISS

It's nearly spring, the traditional time for DIY, and the thoughts of many are turning to a nice little extension.

Obama to Moon Base: Drop Dead!

Space is the final frontier. We haven't lived up to the promise of the 1950s and 60s, the heyday of the space race but we still carry with us dreams of the stars. Mike Honig, an avowed space exploration enthusiast, gives his take on the Administration's recent cost cutting impact on our integalactic future.

Hubble reveals best pictures yet of Pluto

The latest set of pictures from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provide the most detailed images yet of Pluto.

NASA builds new generation robot astronaut

NASA and General Motors have jointly developed a new robot designed to help astronauts - and build cars on the side.

Sea rise monitoring satellite approved

Europe has approved the development of a new spacecraft to continue monitoring the rise in the world's oceans.

We are all aliens, says professor

Evidence is now overwhelming that life on earth was brought here by comets, according to one of the originators of the theory.

California appoints itself guardian of the moon

It's not in California, it's not even on planet Earth, but that hasn't prevented the California State Historical Resources Commission from claiming the Apollo 11 landing site a state historical resource.

India plans manned spaceflight

India is planning its first manned spaceflight as early as 2016.

Obama expected to scrap moon plans

The dream is over: Barak Obama's NASA budget proposal, due Monday, looks unlikely to make any provision for returning men to the moon.

Even in Space, they can still hear you Tweet

It seems that even twits have managed to reach the final frontier, with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer sending out the first live tweet all the way from the dead of space – or at least from the comfort of the International Space Station.