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Flight to Star Cluster Westerlund 2

Electric Solar Wind Sail could make bidirectional human Mars flights economically feasible

The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilises long, charged tethers to convert natural …


Astrophyicists draw most comprehensive map of the universe

Astrophysicists have created a 3D map of the universe that spans nearly two billion light years and is the most complete picture of our cosmic …


Names needed in 20 distant solar systems

Artist’s concept of exoplanet, seen from its moon, via IAU

Registered clubs and non-profit organizations are invited to submit proposals to the …


Eleven Elliptical Galaxies Found Flying Free in Space Beyond Their Home Clusters

However, in 2013, the first compact elliptical was found far away from any massive galaxy, so that it became unclear where it came from and whether …


Faint D Ring

Not all of Saturn's rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the C ring, which occupies the bottom half of this …


10 Things for April 27 - May 3

10 Things for April 27 - May 3
27 April 2015

1. Seeing Spots
NASA's Dawn mission is now beginning its science investigations at Ceres, but until it …


When Hubble Stared at Nothing for 100 Hours

In 1995, astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble Space Telescope at a patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing remarkable. For 100 hours.

It was a terrible idea, his colleagues told him, and a waste of valuable telescope time. People would kill for that amount of time with the sharpest …


Moon in Winter Circle, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury

Tonight – April 23, 2015 – look for the moon and Winter Circle stars. Jupiter and Venus are also nearby, as shown on the chart above. As seen from …


How to See All Six Apollo Moon Landing Sites - Sky & Telescope

Walk in the astronauts' footsteps as you explore the places they visited in the heyday of Apollo program. Use these helpful maps to start you on your


2015 April 23 - Meteor in the Milky Way

Meteor in the Milky Way
Image Credit & Copyright: Marko Korosec

Explanation: Earth's April showers include the Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more …


Annual Lyrid meteor shower creates dazzling display over Britain

The clear skies and crescent Moon are creating the perfect conditions for stargazers to see this year's shower

Hundreds of shooting stars will streak across the night sky this week as the annual Lyrid meteor shower creates a dazzling display.

Although the spectacle peaks on Wednesday night, when …

United Kingdom

100 objects that have been sent into space

Lego, a tandoori lamb chop, a lightsaber, Buzz Lightyear, a Chuck Berry record and the remains of Star Trek's Gene Rodenberry are among this list of 100 objects waiting to be found by aliens in space

"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."

That was the message from Paul McCartney when, in …


Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with NASA

Image credit: NASA

There are (so far) 1,800 known planets beyond our solar system, but among all of them, there’s no place like Earth. To celebrate …

Solar System

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