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A warped, edge-on spiral galaxy

Warped, edge-on spiral galaxy ESO 510-G13, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001. Read more about this image. Image via NASA and The …

Space Science

The Origins Of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved

Earth's hurricanes are puny by comparison

Storms here on Earth might be devastating events that can last for days and bring cities to their knees, but that's nothing compared to Saturn's storms. Massive thunderstorms complete with lightning and high winds can cover an area roughly the same size as …


International Space Station captures SpaceX Dragon spacecraft - video


Thor's Helmet Nebula Shines Brilliant Blue

Thor's hammer Mjolnir isn't the only awesome thing about the mythical Norse god. He also has a pretty cool helmet. This photo from the European Space Agency shows the Thor's Helmet nebula, also known by the less colorful name of NGC 2359.

It's actually a composite of two images. The bright blue …


The Bright Spots Are Back in This New View of Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is getting closer and closer to dwarf planet Ceres, the most massive body in the asteroid belt. On April 14 and 15, as the spacecraft hovered above Ceres’ northern hemisphere, it shot these newly released images from a distance of just 22,000 kilometers away.

And guess what? …


Coming Soon: Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Film

Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the largest known structure in the universe: an incredibly big hole.

The “supervoid”, as it is known, is a spherical blob 1.8 billion light years across that is distinguished by its unusual emptiness.

István Szapudi, who led the work at the University of …


SpaceX Dragon delivers espresso maker to International Space Station

The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Friday morning, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo shiparrived Friday at the International Space Station, carrying nearly 4,400 pounds (2,000 kilograms) …


Crew Gets Ready for New Dragon and New Science | Space Station

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti operates the Canadarm2 from inside the cupola.

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is less than a day away from …


NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula

'Venus zone' narrows search for habitable planets

"James Webb combined with TESS will really change the game," Kane said.

Because TESS searches for transiting planets—planets that are observed as they …


What Kind of Object Can Survive a Close Encounter With a Monster Black Hole?

In or around May 2014, a truly remarkable thing happened: An object, dubbed G2, survived a very close encounter with a very large black hole.

Phil …

Black Holes

GoPro Footage Captured During a Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station

NASA has released unedited GoPro footage shot during a recent spacewalk, or extravehicular activity (EVA), outside the International Space Station as …

Space Science

What fuels Saturn's superstorms? New theory explains 'great white spots'

They're massive, violent and full of lightning, and they only arrive every 20 to 30 years. What drives Saturn's storms may be the weight of …


NASA's New Horizons probe is visiting Pluto — and just sent back its first color photos

No spacecraft has ever visited Pluto. That's going to change on July 14, when NASA's New Horizons probe will fly within 6,200 miles of the dwarf …

Moon Missions

9 Pictures That Will Make You See The Universe Differently

It’s the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary on April 24. Time to learn more about how space pictures are made.

A star cluster in black and white vs. colour.

The Hubble Space Telescope’s cameras take individual images for different wavelengths of light and then astronomers combine them to …

Space Science

Scientists hope Venus will give up the secret of how life evolved on Earth

Venus has a special place in the sun’s family of planets. It is the solar system’s most inhospitable world. Its surface temperature, around 460C, would melt lead and sear a human to death in seconds while his or her remains were crushed to pulp by an atmosphere 92 times denser than Earth’s. For …

Solar System

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.

Until now, scientists had thought that conditions on the red planet were too cold and arid for liquid water to exist, although there were known to be deposits of ice.

Prof Andrew Coates, head of …

Mars Mission

New Light on Our Accelerating Universe --"Not as Fast as We Thought"

Certain types of supernovae, or exploding stars, are more diverse than previously thought, a University of Arizona-led team of astronomers has …


"Hubble" – One Word Says It All

[image-51]You know you've made it when people know you by your first name alone.

There's Cher. Beyoncé. Ozzie. Angelina. Lebron. Oprah.

Add to that …

Moon Missions

10 billion years ago, our sky was full of stars being born

Light pollution and city living mean that we don't often get to enjoy the full splendor of the night's sky. Ten billion years ago, however, it would have been hard to ignore. The image above shows how the night's sky would have looked 10 billion years ago during our galaxy's "baby boom" phase.

At …


Watch for Venus and the Seven Sisters!

Tonight (April 11, 2015) – or any night in early to mid-April 2015 – look westward shortly after sunset and you can’t miss the dazzling planet Venus, …


This happened 30 years ago: Astronaut Bruce McCandless II, doing the first ever untethered spacewalk in history.

This image shows an Einstein Ring

View larger. | Composite image of a gravitationally lensed galaxy known to astronomers as SDP.81. The bright orange central region of the ring …


There Could Be Lava Tubes on the Moon, Large Enough for Whole Cities

Rima Ariadaeus, a linear rile (a surface channel thought to be formed by lava) on the Moon’s surface, as photographed from Apollo 10. Credit: …

Moon Missions

2015 April 5 - Saturn, Tethys, Rings, and Shadows

Saturn, Tethys, Rings, and Shadows
Image Credit:
Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Explanation: Seen from ice moon Tethys, rings and shadows …


Plants use sixth sense for growth aboard the space station

Although it is arguable as to whether plants have all five human senses – sight, scent, hearing, taste and touch – they do have a unique sense of …


The crammed centre of Messier 22

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This image shows the centre of the globular cluster Messier 22, also known as M22, as observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space …


Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy (for iPad)

EDITOR RATINGProsDecent virtual view of the night sky. Loaded with extras, such as an interactive solar system view, 3D planets that you can spin, …