Space news stories
In the next few weeks, a flotilla of probes will be blasted into space from launch pads around the world and propelled towards one of the solar system’s most mysterious objects: the planet Mars.
Findings from a study published today in Nature Astronomy show that the final breaths of these dying stars, called white dwarfs, shed light on carbon’s origin in the Milky Way.
Fiery rose and peach sunset skies are a unique perk of our home on Earth. But what colors appear when the sun sets on other planets in the solar system?
Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star. It could be the core of a gas world like Jupiter, offering an unprecedented glimpse inside one of these giant planets.
The space agency gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the sun, which have now been stitched together to form the video.
A 66m-year-old murder mystery has finally been solved, researchers say, revealing an enormous asteroid struck the killer blow for the dinosaurs.
Scientists think a planet larger than Earth lurks in the far reaches of the solar system. Now a new telescope could confirm their belief and change solar system science.
Betelgeuse, the bright star in the constellation of Orion, has been fascinating astronomers in the recent months because of its unusually strong decline in brightness
“When – not if – it happens, the effects could will be catastrophic.” For Jay Tate, the danger of a comet or an asteroid hitting the Earth is an ever-present threat that too few people take seriously.
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Nasa has given a name to the moon it plans to test its planetary defence on. The rock will be the target for Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which is scheduled for 2021.
Scientists have discovered an astronomical object that has never been observed before. It is more massive than collapsed stars, known as “neutron stars”, but has less mass than black holes.
Though Pluto is now famously frigid, it may have started off as a hot world that formed rapidly and violently, a new study finds.
A series of viral articles claimed that NASA had discovered particles from another parallel universe in which time runs backwards. These claims were incorrect. The true story is far more exciting and strange, involving a journey into the Big Bang and out the other side.
Behold the hot, energetic Universe. A German-Russian space telescope has just acquired a breakthrough map of the sky that traces the heavens in X-rays.