NASA’s planet-spotter may be irreparably damaged but the data it has collected will be of use for years to come.
Floating, seemingly serenely, in the vastness of interstellar space are numerous ethereal clouds of gas and dust, the unearthly remains of dead and dying stars and the raw materials from which a new generation of stars and planets will be born. But don’t be fooled – their apparent beauty and tranquility belies their violent origins.
Minerals found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the Moon’s innards exposed by such impacts, according to a new study.
The Sun has unleashed four potent solar flares this week, marking the most intense activity yet this year and causing limited interruptions to high-frequency radio communications.
Julian Berengut’s research into the fundamental physics of the universe goes beyond pure science and into philosophical questions of human existence, he says.
Using a powerful NASA space telescope to scan the skies for planets like ours where life might exist, astronomers said they have found the most Earth-like candidates yet.
Sending balloons to the heady heights of the stratosphere may be a nail-biting exercise, says Ravi Sood, but the payoff in astronomical insight is worth the effort.
A black hole has been observed awakening from its slumber to consume a planet-sized object in a galaxy 47 million light years away, according to astrophysicists who witnessed the rare event.
A new, detailed map of the most ancient light in the cosmos left over from the Big Bang has revealed our universe to be about 80 million years older than thought, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
An asteroid the size of a city block is due to come whizzing past Earth in February 2013