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Black hole wakes up after 27 years

In the binary system V404 Cygni, a stream of gas from a star much like the sun flows toward a 10 solar mass black hole. Instead of spiraling toward


SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket explodes mid-flight

The Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX launched from Cape Canaveral this morning exploded 2 minutes and 19 seconds after liftoff. The rocket was supposed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, and no humans were on board. It was the first Falcon 9 that has ever failed, following 18 …

Falcon 9

'Upside-Down Planet' Reveals New Method for Studying Binary Star Systems

What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University …


When will all five visible planets appear simultaneously?

Feature image: Wikipedia. Sizes of planets are to scale but not the distances. Click here for relative distances.An EarthSky reader asked us:When

Solar System

Here’s the Weird Feature I’d Most Like to See on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is less than three weeks from sailing through the Pluto system. What it will find there is still anyone’s guess, but images the spacecraft has already sent home are every bit as puzzling as we’d hoped.

The newest photos reveal a possible bright spot at Pluto’s polar …

Space Science

Pluto probe uncovers mysterious 'dark pole' on big moon Charon

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has spotted a strange dark patch at the pole of Pluto's big moon Charon, further whetting researchers' appetites ahead of the probe's epic flyby of the dwarf planet system next month.

New Horizons has also detected a rich diversity of terrain types in Pluto's "close …


Northern Lights shining bright in Lincolnshire tonight

A star-spangled sky isn't all space enthusiasts could view tonight as the Northern Lights could also be viewed across the county.

The coronal mass …

Northern Lights

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Jupiter's Movements Made Way for Earth

Jupiter could have migrated orbits in the early solar system, making it easy for smaller planets to form.
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There's something about our …

Sharpless 308: Star Bubble

Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star,

Moon Missions

'Severe' solar storm hits Earth, likely to spark auroras Monday night

UPDATED: This story was updated at 4 p.m. ET on Monday to reflect the newest information about the solar storm's intensity and likely impacts.

Three bursts of super-hot plasma shot out from the sun are hitting Earth's magnetic field right now, causing a relatively rare "severe" or "G4" solar storm …


Best Telescopes for Beginners: Reviews and Buying Guide

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Geomagnetic storm on its way, June 22 and 23

June 21, 2015 full-halo coronal mass ejection, or CME, from the sun. It’s an expanding cloud of electrified gas from the sun. Read more about CMEs. …


Hubble confirms: Quasars born from galaxy crash

Quasars emit a light as bright as that of one trillion stars. Scientists think they get their energy from supermassive black holes.But where do the …


Astronomers Claim to Take First Glimpse of Primordial Stars

Some of the first generation of stars, whose explosions breathed carbon, oxygen and other elements into the Universe, may have been glimpsed for the …


Why Doesn't Our Moon Have a Name?

The satellites of our solar system have some glorious designations: Europa, Io, Triton, Titan, Phobos, Oberon, and...the Moon. Technically, Earth’s …


Breathtaking images of Saturn, the farthest planet we can see with the naked eye

Saturn flaunts the most majestic planetary rings in the solar system, but those are not the only things that make this beautiful gas giant unique. It's also the farthest planet from Earth that we can see with the naked eye.

From 746 million miles away, however, we can't observe Saturn like NASA's …


Look up! Jupiter and Venus are about to converge in the night sky

In these final days of June 2015, the two brightest planets in the night sky are putting on one hell of a show. For skywatchers here on Earth, Venus …


Hubble Telescope Captures 'Bizarre Cosmic Quartet' of Galaxies

Talk about galactic drama. Some of the strangest galaxies in the universe congregate in groups like this motley crew, where the Hubble Space …


NASA Gets Best View Yet of Mysterious Bright Spots on Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has snapped the best-ever images of the dwarf planet Ceres' bright spots, but the strange features still have researchers …


NASA's New Horizon captures 'near-true color' images of Pluto

The US space agency has published the first 'near-true color' images of the remote dwarf planet Pluto and its largest satellite taken by the New Horizons telescope. The picture quality leaves much to be desired, but NASA promises the best is yet to come.

NASA has compiled a number of photographs …


Amazing 4K Time Lapse Created Using 109GB of NASA Space Photos

Source: screenshot (Vimeo/NASA)

The International Space Station is a joint venture run by NASA, the European Space Agency and the equivalent agencies …


Astronomers Say We Owe Our Lives to These Stars

(Newser) – Astronomers peering through the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered a faraway galaxy of stars so …


Polar Winds On Saturn's Moon Titan Makes It More Earth-Like Than Previously Thought

It turns out that Saturn's moon Titan is way more similar to our own planet than we thought.

Scientists previously discovered that Saturn's largest and haziest moon is the only object in the solar system -- aside from Earth -- to have rivers, rainfall and seas. Like Earth, it's bigger than the …

Solar System

Planet Smaller than Earth Located Over 200 Light Years Away

Space Photo credit: Artist's rendition of the Kepler-138 system. Danielle Futselaar/SETI InstituteWe think that most of the exoplanets out there in …


Week's Best Space Pictures: A Satellite Burns Up


Superb moon, Venus, Jupiter June 19-21

Best photos: Venus and Jupiter, west after sunsetDon’t miss the extravaganza after sunset on June 19, 20 and 21, as the moon and the planets Venus …

Astronomers find most distant galaxy ever measured

MIAMI - Astronomers have located the most distant galaxy ever measured in the universe, and it looks like a bright blue mass of stars some 13.1 …