Closest northern views of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Monday, 19 October, 2015

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun returning its best-ever views of the northern extremes of Saturn’s icy ocean-bearing moon Enceladus. The spacecraft obtained the images during its October 14 flyby, passing 1,142 miles (1,839 kilometers... Read More.






Nearby red dwarfs could reveal planet secrets

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

An accidental find of a collection of young red dwarf stars close to our solar system could give us a rare glimpse of slow-motion planet formation. Astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) ... Read More

Cassini finds global ocean in Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Researchers found that the magnitude of the moon's slight wobble, as it orbits Saturn, can only be accounted for if its outer ice shell is not frozen solid to its interior... Read More


Study finds barrage of small asteroids shattered Moon’s upper crust

Monday, September 14, 2015

Further impacts to these regions may have then sealed up cracks and decreased porosity... Read More





NASA telescopes find galaxy cluster with vibrant heart

Sunday, September 13, 2015
The unexpected find suggests that behemoth galaxies at the cores of massive clusters can grow significantly by feeding off gas stolen from other galaxies... Read More.

New Horizons selects Kuiper Belt target

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NASA selects the next target for New Horizons, a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto...Read More





Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

Monday, August 31, 2015

New research by Harvard astrophysicists shows that if life can travel between the stars, it would spread in a characteristic pattern that we could potentially identify... Read More








Hubble finds that the nearest quasar is powered by a double black hole

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other ... Read More

Jupiter twin discovered around solar twin

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The existence of a Jupiter-mass planet in a Jupiter-like orbit around a Sun-like star opens the possibility that the system of exoplanets around this star may be similar to our solar system ... read more

Pluto’s bright heart and Charon’s dark spot revealed in HD

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Horizons’ first high-resolution images of Pluto are giving astronomers insight into the dwarf world’s complex ice geology ... read more

How big is Pluto? New Horizons settles decades-long debate

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Based on the most recent data, Pluto is actually larger than previous conservative estimates, making it the largest of all known solar system objects beyond Neptune... read more

Radio astronomers see black hole come to life

Thursday, 9 July, 2015

A new study shows convincing evidence of the “switching on” of the active phase in a black hole at the center of galaxy NGC 660... read more


New Horizons map of Pluto: The whale and the doughnut

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

While the new maps gives mission scientists an important tool for deciphering the patterns of bright and dark markings on the distant planet's surface, they are holding off on making any interpretations of features for now... Read More



Pluto dark spots continue to intrigue

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

These are the most recent high-resolution views of Pluto sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, including one showing the four mysterious dark spots on Pluto that have captured the imagination of the world ... read more.


“Live fast, die young” galaxies lose the gas that keeps them alive

Wednesday, 4 February, 2015

A pilot study looking at galaxies that die young has found some might shoot out this gas early on, causing them to redden and kick the bucket prematurely... read more







The telltale signs of a galactic merger

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

This galaxy has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and the dramatic interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape... read more




Black hole chokes on a swallowed star

Sunday, 1 February, 2015

Extensive data analysis has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant black hole tear apart a star back in 2009... read more








Scientists pinpoint Saturn with exquisite accuracy

Thursday, 15 January, 2015

The feat improves astronomers' knowledge of Saturn's orbit and benefits spacecraft navigation and basic physics research... read more



Study of Andromeda’s stellar disk indicates more violent history than Milky Way

Monday, 12 January, 2015

The study presents the velocity dispersion of young, intermediate-age, and old stars in the disk of Andromeda, the first such measurement in another galaxy... read more






Hubble's high-definition panoramic view of the Andromeda Galaxy

Thursday, 8 January, 2015

Never before have astronomers been able to see individual stars inside an external spiral galaxy over such a large contiguous area... read more


Hubble discovers that Milky Way core drives wind at 2 million mph

Wednesday, 7 January, 2015

The space telescope has measured the velocity, composition, and temperature of the expanding gas inside the galactic outflows known as the Fermi bubbles... read more






Hubble goes high-def to revisit the iconic "Pillars of Creation"

Tuesday, 6 January, 2015

The space telescope has captured a new visible-light portrait of the Eagle Nebula nearly 20 years later as well as a version in the near-infrared... read more



Dawn spacecraft begins approach to dwarf planet Ceres

Sunday, 4 January, 2015

 The satellite, which has already orbited the protoplanet Vesta, will arrive at Ceres on March 6... read more





Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays

Sunday, 28 December, 2014

NuSTAR, a space telescope designed to look at the farthest reaches of the universe, has been cleared to begin capturing data from our star... read more



Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare

Monday, 22 December, 2014

The sun fired off a massive solar flare late Friday (Dec. 19), after days of intense storms from our nearest star...read more