New, detailed pictures of planets, moons, and comets are neither photos nor animations — they're made using data from 50 years of NASA missions

2020-01-25 17:08

On January 21, the American Museum of Natural History debuts a new planetarium show that displays the solar system with stunning accuracy.

Scientists detected ripples in space and time from a potentially new class of collision in the universe

2020-01-18 16:07

The collision might have produced hundreds of Earths' worth of gold and platinum. But some signs indicate the metals disappeared into a black hole.

A second planet might orbit the closest star to the sun, and astronomers think it's a super-Earth

2020-01-16 06:28

Astronomers think the planet, called Proxima c, is a super-Earth that formed far from the icy region where scientists think such worlds are born.

The Egyptian pyramids may align with an ancient north star. NASA scientists found that star undergoes never-before-seen eclipses.

2020-01-08 17:37

The star that some researchers think served as the north star for the ancient Egyptians is actually a pair of stars that eclipse one other.

An incredible animation by a planetary scientist shows how fast each planet spins by putting them in one giant globe

2019-12-30 17:14

Jupiter's Great Red Spot zips around 2.4 times faster than Earth, while Venus spins so slowly you can't tell it's moving backwards.

Here's why 2020 will likely be a groundbreaking year in space

2019-12-29 11:45

If all goes well next year, SpaceX and Boeing will launch their first astronauts for NASA, and Mars will gain three new rovers.

A mysterious crunch in Earth's magnetic field created a new type of aurora borealis - and a NASA intern discovered it.

2019-12-26 17:26

A NASA intern saw the aurora in three-year-old footage of the Arctic sky. It's the first known aurora caused by Earth's magnetic activity.

China claims US turning space into a 'battlefield'

2019-12-23 17:56

China has warned that the US is turning the cosmos into a "battlefield", after Washington announced a new military arm called the Space Force.

Boeing's launch of a new spaceship for NASA went awry, and the vehicle no longer has enough fuel to reach the International Space Station

2019-12-22 09:06

The CST-100 Starliner spaceship rocketed orbit on Friday morning, but an anomaly caused the vehicle to fire its engines at the wrong moment in space.

NASA says a clock error sent Boeing's new astronaut spaceship veering wildly off course during its maiden voyage

2019-12-21 12:42

After Boeing's CST-100 Starliner successfully rocketed toward space, a timing error made the spaceship fire the wrong thrusters at the wrong time.


Elon Musk says he plans to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050 by launching 3 Starship rockets every day and creating 'a lot of jobs' on the red planet

2020-01-18 20:09

Musk said he would send 1,000 Starships full of people into Earth orbit, then rocket them all to Mars during an opportune 30-day window.

A rare chemical that helped DNA form may have come to Earth on comets from newborn stars, astronomers find

2020-01-17 09:47

Phosphorus is key in forming DNA, but the element is rare in the universe. Astronomers found molecules forming with the element around newborn stars

WANTED | Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire

2020-01-13 11:27

A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.

Stunning images from space reveal the shocking extent of Australia's bushfire crisis

2020-01-04 13:15

Australia's fires have lasted for months, burned millions of acres, and belched out a smoke plume that could cover half of Europe.

China's wildly ambitious future in space just got a big boost with the successful launch of its new heavy-lift rocket

2019-12-30 15:52

The Long March 5 rocket was plagued with problems during its debut. But after years of revisions, China showed its redesigned launcher works.

China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission

2019-12-27 21:26

China has launched one of the world's most powerful rockets in a major step forward for its planned mission to Mars in 2020.

Here's what would happen if the Earth was actually flat

It's not just lunar eclipses that would look different if Earth were actually flat.

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Dazzling NASA images from space show how holiday lights brighten the night across the globe

2019-12-23 09:42

Satellite images show that US cities emit more light during Christmas and New Year's, while Middle Eastern cities are illuminated during Ramadan.

WATCH: Europe's exoplanet hunter reaches orbit around Earth

2019-12-22 08:29

Europe's CHEOPS planet-hunting space telescope left Earth on Wednesday and moved into orbit, a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown.

NASA has confirmed a new class of huge 'super-puff' planets that have the density of cotton candy

2019-12-21 09:08

Because their hydrogen-helium atmospheres balloon out, these planets are nearly as big as Jupiter, but are 100 times less massive.

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