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Interactive Infographic: The Search For Other Earths

Here are all the planets outside our solar system.<p>Astronomers announced they had discovered planets around other stars—the first so-called extrasolar planets—in 1992. Other discoveries came a few years later, one by one at first and then in a steady stream by the mid-2000s. The Kepler mission …

These stars are so fast they can escape the Milky Way

These sun-like stars that are moving at speeds of more than a million miles per hour relative to our galaxy – fast enough to escape its gravitational …

Coronal mass ejection and Venus on January 14

The image shows a coronal mass ejection, or CME, leaving the sun on January 14. The bright object in the top right is Venus.<p>The ESA/NASA Solar and …

Astronomy

How long to orbit Milky Way’s center?

One journey of our sun and planets around the center of our Milky Way galaxy is sometimes called a cosmic year. That’s approximately 225-250 million …

Milky Way Galaxy

Why brighter stars at this time of year?

No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you’re looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.<p>As seen …

Astronomy

Look for Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper

Tonight, look for the northern sky’s two most prominent sky patterns – the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen and the Big Dipper. Both circle around …

Comet Lovejoy heading outward again

Comet Lovejoy came faintly visible to the eye in early November 2013. It was closest to the sun on December 22. It’s currently on the outbound leg of …

Astronomy

See a faint star cluster near bright Sirius

Tonight, look for the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, and the faint star cluster near it. Sirius is easy to see because it’s so bright and because the …

Astronomy

See the Unicorn on dark January nights

Tonight, treat yourself to a visit with a mythical beast, the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn. It’s well placed for viewing in the January …

What is an astronomical unit?

Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar …

Astronomy

Elnath is close to the galactic anticenter

Elnath, the 2nd-brightest star in Taurus, is the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space directly opposite of our Milky …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

Astronomy

What’s a safe distance between us and a supernova?

And how many potentially exploding stars are located within the unsafe distance?<p>A supernova is a star explosion – destructive on a scale almost …

Images of closest supernova in years, in galaxy M82

You’ll understand why astronomers say a supernova can outshine a whole galaxy.<p>Amateur astronomers are capturing the first images of the supernova, or …

Largest asteroid Ceres is venting water vapor into space

This is the first unambiguous detection of water vapor around an object in the asteroid belt.<p>Scientists using the Herschel Space Observatory have …

Astronomy

Will Betelgeuse explode someday?

Yes, it will. Someday the star Betelgeuse will run out of fuel, collapse under its own weight, and then rebound in a spectacular supernova explosion. …

Astronomy

River of hydrogen flowing through space

A faint, tenuous filament of gas streaming into galaxy NGC 6946. It might help explain how some spiral galaxies keep up their pace of star …

Universe

Day of remembrance: Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

Because shuttle launches had become routine after 24 successful missions, those watching found the explosion difficult to believe until NASA …

Space Exploration

Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the famous Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the <i>Great Square of Pegasus</i>. …

Andromeda Galaxy

Arctic blanket over U.S. on January 28

As frigid Arctic air surged into the U.S. this week, the GOES-East satellite captured this image of what looks like a blanket over the Arctic.<p>NOAA’s …

Space Travel

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

Yin and yang of Saturn’s moon Iapetus

In this image, Saturn’s moon Iapetus looks similar to the Chinese taiji symbol, what many call the yin-yang symbol, representing nature’s …

Astronomy

The Grand Canyon much younger than we knew?

Some scientists believe the Grand Canyon formed 70 million years ago. But a new study suggests that it formed in its entirety only 5 to 6 million …

Grand Canyon

NASA to create the coldest spot in the universe aboard the ISS

The researchers plan to study matter at 100 pico-Kelvin. At such low temperatures, ordinary concepts of solid, liquid and gas are no longer …

Chemistry

New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Jump Is Still Bananas

Not that you anticipated otherwise<p>Did you see <i>Gravity</i>? Ha, lame. Remember in October 2012, when daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped 23 miles <i>out of the sky</i> above Roswell, safely parachuting back to terra firma? There's new, first-person footage of that out. Look at it! Marvel at humanity's …

View from space: Site of Superbowl XLVIII

A satellite view of the Meadowlands in in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the Superbowl’s first northern, cold-weather venue.<p>In its first 47 years, …

Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

Read the suit in all its glory here.<p>You may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow "appeared" in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, …

Paranormal