Astronomy

Friday's Solar Eclipse Mirrors the Day Richard III's Wife Died 530 Years Ago

When a partial solar eclipse plunges Britain into darkness on Friday, it will mirror a historical event that occurred on March 16,...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 16 March 2015 - 4:23PM

'Fluke' Photograph Captures Meteor Over Loch Ness

If you haven't visited Loch Ness in Scotland out of fear of Nessie, this breathtaking photograph might change your mind. Tour guide...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 16 March 2015 - 3:57PM

Philae Team Will Attempt to Contact Lost Lander on March 12

We sadly lost contact with Rosetta's Philae lander late last year, shortly after it became the first spacecraft to land directly onto...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 5:00PM

First Detailed Images of Venus's Surface Underneath the Layer of Clouds

Venus may be our closest neighbor, but it is still relatively elusive, mostly as a result of its thick cloud layer that obscures its...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 11:14AM

Astronomers Discover Planet with Four Suns

Scientists have observed many "Tatooine-like" star systems with multiple suns over the years, even capturing the birth of one...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 09 March 2015 - 1:14PM

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Achieves Orbit Around Ceres

After a seven-year journey, NASA has confirmed that Dawn has successfully achieved orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. The spacecraft...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 06 March 2015 - 10:39AM

Hubble Captures Supernova Split Four Ways by a Gravitational Lens for the First Time

Astronomers recently discovered that Hubble was able to capture four separate images of the same distant supernova. The so-called...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 05 March 2015 - 4:57PM

NASA Asks You to Vote for the Most Spectacular Hubble Images

Hubble Mania 2015 has begun! As NASA's version of March Madness, as well as a celebration of Hubble's 25th anniversary in April, the...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 05 March 2015 - 3:01PM

Comet Lovejoy Accidentally Caught by World's Most Powerful Digital Camera

Researchers for the Dark Energy Survey were pleasantly surprised when Comet Lovejoy happened to pass through the field of vision of...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 - 1:54PM

6 Groundbreaking Science Events Coming This March

February was an exciting month for science, seeing the first pictures of Pluto's small moons, the one-way mission to Mars narrowing...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 - 10:56AM

New Image From NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Show Ceres's White Spot Has A Companion

The mystery of the bright white spot, present on images of Dwarf Planet Ceres taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, has deepened with the...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 1:52PM

How to Spot a Quasar with Your Backyard Telescope

Quasars are extremely distant from us, with the closest quasar detected at 2.44 billion light years away from Earth. But amazingly...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 5:23PM

Giant Asteroid Impact May Have Melted Half of Mars's Surface

Mars's dichotomy, or its "two faces," has long been a subject of curiosity for astronomers. Now, scientists from the Swiss Federal...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 3:24PM

Spectacular Solar Eclipse Will Plunge Britain into Darkness

The most complete solar eclipse in fifteen years will plunge Britain into darkness for two hours on the morning March 20. In the...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 2:49PM

Watch: Two White Dwarf Stars Collide and Explode Into a Supernova

Astronomers at the ESO observatory have discovered two white dwarf stars that are in the throes of a deadly dance; they are fated to...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 20 February 2015 - 2:57PM

NASA's New Horizons Sends First Pictures of Pluto's Small Moons

Today is the 85th anniversary of our discovery of the icy dwarf planet Pluto, and to celebrate, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 4:22PM

Alien Star Narrowly Missed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

The closest star to our solar system, Proxima Centauri, is 4.24 light years from our Sun. Scientists have just discovered that 70,000...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 2:32PM

UK Sees Northern Lights Display that Observatory Calls the 'Best in Years'

The Aurora Borealis, affectionately known as the Northern Lights, put on a spectacular show over the Northumberland coast on Monday...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 1:08PM

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Captures Most Detailed Photos of Ceres Ever Taken

The Dawn mission has been discovering more and more about Ceres in recent months, and now the spacecraft has taken the sharpest images...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 11:12AM

Mysterious Plumes on Mars May Be Extraterrestrial Auroras

Amateur astronomers have reported sightings of strange, plume-like features on Mars on two separate occasions in 2012, and ESA...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 11:49AM