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Alien Hunting Could Go High-Definition With Giant Space Telescope

A new study makes the case for building a supersize space telescope that would create images five times sharper than Hubble's.

As the Hubble Space Telescope starts to enter old age, a new report offers one exciting vision for a space telescope that could come online by the early 2030s.

Known as the …

Space Science

Watch the Mars Opportunity rover run an 11-year marathon in this time-lapse

The Mars Curiosity rover has received much press for its dramatic landing and for unearthing evidence of water that it's easy to forget that another rover still roams the red planet. (Younger siblings get all the attention.) But earlier this year we got word that the 11-year-old Opportunity rover …

Marathons

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrives at Pluto on July 14th

Huge, Alien-Hunting Telescope Could Become Hubble's Successor

Introducing the High-Definition Space Telescope

It’s never too early to start planning ahead. Hubble is nearing the end of its lifespan, and the James Webb Space Telescope is just gearing up to take its place in 2018. But what comes after that?

“As we near Hubble’s 25th year in orbit, we’re asking …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Wheel Worries: Mars Rover Curiosity Dealing With Damage

Curiosity rover made use of its Mastcam: Left camera on April 21, 2015, Sol 962, to take this wheel image.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Mars …

Mars

Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed

Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe.

Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic …

Space Science

Almost Time for Pluto’s Close-Up

The pictures coming back from Pluto are still a bit fuzzy. But just wait.

As of Monday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was still almost six million miles away — about 25 times the distance from Earth to the moon — but it is closing in fast. About 7:50 a.m. Eastern time July 14, New Horizons is …

Space

Astronomy group proposes hi-def space telescope for spotting Earth-like planets

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) today released their plans for the High Definition Space Telescope, a futuristic high-definition space observatory the group wants to succeed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The proposed telescope has a primary mirror that’s …

Space

Best Telescopes for Beginners: Reviews and Buying Guide

Reflector, Refractor, Hybrid and Dobsonain Telescopes - Each has certain advantages for the beginner.
Credit: SPACE.com

Something strange and …

Telescopes

Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber

After taking a 26-year nap, a waking black hole released a burst of X-rays that lit up astronomical observatories on June 15 — and it's still making …

Ceres Spots Continue To Mystify. NASA's Dawn Spacecraft About To Black-out Soon, Too?

July 5, 2015 - The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft …

Aeronautics

This tiny glider could be cruising Martian skies soon

A tiny aircraft could be plying Mars' skies less than a decade from now.

NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.

Prandtl-m would weigh a maximum of …

Gliders

Photographer captures the ISS flying across the moon

London: An Australian photographer has clicked a breathtaking image of the International Space Station (ISS) as it was passing over the Moon.

It took …

Space

International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months

The International Space Station has just received its first new supplies since April 14th. The Progress 60 Russian cargo ship docked with ISS early this morning, at 3:11AM ET according to NASA, bringing with it over three tons of cargo. That includes "1,940 pounds of propellant, 106 pounds of …

Space

Pluto & Charon on July 3, 2015

Pluto & Charon on July 3, 2015 at 04:46:00 UTC (Range: 13.5M km)

Pluto on July 3, 2015 at 04:46:00 UTC (Range: 13.5M km)

Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins …

Charon

Week's Best Space Pictures: Pluto Reveals a Freckled Face

In the latest pictures from space, galactic sparklers and smoke that blankets the eastern United States.

Space

Best-ever images of Pluto reveal baffling pepperoni slices

(Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Pluto's veil is lifting. This closest-ever snapshot of …

Pluto

WATCH: Spectacular NASA Video Shows Giant Eruption Arching High Above the Sun and Exploding Into Space - ImaGeo

By Tom Yulsman | July 2, 2015 9:24 am

Source: NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

The Sun was very restless late in June.

Starting in the third week of the …

Aeronautics

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

Space

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 …

Space Science

'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 …

Space

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 …

Aeronautics

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.
Credit: NASA

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 …

Storms