Space & Astronomy

Space & Astronomy
  • The Milky Way's 'dark twin' might help us solve one of the biggest mysteries in science

    Somewhere in the universe, hundreds of millions of light-years away, the Milky Way has a twin...

    Business Insider
  • Astronaut Shares What the National Parks Look Like From Space

    NASA astronaut Jeff Williams shares his perspective of the U.S. National Parks.

    Travel+Leisure
  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft will snap the first up close images of Jupiter on Saturday

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft will get cozy with Jupiter this weekend, as the vehicle makes its closest approach to the gas giant early Saturday morning at 8:51AM ET. Juno, which is in orbit around Jupiter, will come within 2,500 miles of the planet’s clouds — the closest the probe will get during its…

    The Verge
  • SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific

    SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship splashed down Friday in the Pacific Ocean, returning a load of NASA research from the International Space Station, the US space agency said. The capsule returned to Earth at 11:47 am (1547 GMT) southwest of the Mexican state of Baja California with more than…

    AFP
  • Watch parent star of potentially Earth-like planet Proxima b live online

    The discovery of a planet in orbit within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system, has raised great expectations in the scientific community. It is arguably one of the most groundbreaking astronomical discoveries in recent years.

    International Business Times UK
  • Houston, we have a problem: Ambitious space mission faces major danger

    The researchers discovered that StarChips face two dangers from heavy atoms and gas floating around in space. For one, collisions with the atoms would wear away at the probe and lead to melting of up to 30 percent of the its mass.

    Digital Trends
  • How to Jump-Start Life Elsewhere in Our Galaxy

    Everywhere we look, we find planets. That was the lesson of yesterday’s historic announcement that a habitable planet orbits Proxima Centauri. And it’s the lesson of every exoplanet survey astronomers have conducted. A few decades ago, it was still possible to wonder whether other stars play host…

    The Atlantic
  • This galaxy is made of 99.99% dark matter

    About 85 percent of the mass of the universe consists of mysterious stuff known as dark matter, but a galaxy called Dragonfly 44 appears to be even darker: 99.99 percent dark, according to newly published findings. Dragonfly 44, which lies about 300 million light-years away in the Coma galaxy…

    GeekWire
  • Which planets are the best candidates for finding alien life?

    Scientists have long fantasised about finding life outside of our solar system. So it's no surprise then that Wednesday's historic announcement regarding the discovery of a planet - Proxima b - in orbit within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, has thrown the…

    International Business Times UK
  • NASA awards Mars 2020 launch to ULA

    United Launch Alliance will coordinate NASA's launch of its next Mars rover toward the Red Planet from Earth, the agency announced Thursday. The Mars 2020 mission will help researchers lay the groundwork for future human exploration of Earth's space neighbor. Mars 2020 will take off from Cape…

    Orlando Sentinel
  • SPACE WEBCASTS: SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Departs Station

    Space station astronauts will release a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station today, with coverage starting at 5:45 a.m. EDT (0945 GMT), beginning its nearly six-hour journey back to Earth. The departure is scheduled for 6:10 a.m. EDT (1010 GMT), and you can watch it…

    SPACE.com