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Is NASA Craft In Danger?

Posted 07.12.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 07/12/2012 09:51 AM EDT on SPACE.com The discovery of another moon around Pluto is exciting news for planetary science,...

Hubble Makes Big Pluto Discovery

Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 07/11/2012 11:11 AM EDT on SPACE.com A tiny new moon has been discovered orbiting Pluto, scientists announced today (Ju...

Vanishing Space Dust Baffles Astronomers

| Posted 07.08.2012 | Science

By Evelyn Lamb Planetary formation may occur more quickly than previously thought.A team of researchers observed a young star surrounded by a circum...

Teeny Tiny Martian Snowflakes Revealed By Orbiter

Posted 06.23.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 06/22/2012 12:23 PM EDT on SPACE.com Snowflakes on Mars are smaller than their Earth counterparts, having roughly...

TONIGHT: Mercury, Moon Visible In Night Sky

Posted 06.21.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 06/20/2012 10:42 AM EDT on SPACE.com As the moon makes its monthly journey around the Earth, it has regular close e...

Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Still Years From Arrival

Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 06/19/2012 12:54 PM EDT on SPACE.com ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A NASA probe that is traveling through space on its way to J...

LOOK: Planet's Craters Mimic Beloved Disney Character

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

A massive Mickey Mouse did a face-plant on the surface of Mercury--or so it seems in a photo snapped recently by NASA's Messenger orbiter. Was Mic...

Extraterrestrial Habitats: Yet More Good News

Seth Shostak | Posted 08.14.2012 | Science
Seth Shostak

Despite any inclination to believe yourself among the brightest bulbs around, new research indicates that even when the universe was considerably younger, there were heavy elements enough to spawn planets that could... spawn life.

Pock-Marked Planet Has HOW Many Craters?

| Posted 06.13.2012 | Science

by Sid Perkins Excuse the blemishes, but Mars has been beaten and battered by comets, asteroids, and other cosmic buckshot for billions of years. ...

Cara Santa Maria

'Bad Astronomer' Phil Plait Talks Transit Of Venus

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.01.2012 | Science

2012-06-04-Screenshot20120604at1.07.39PM.jpgTomorrow is the big day. Time to dust off your eclipse glasses, binoculars and posterboard, or pinhole camera and witness the transit of Venus, a once in a lifetime event!

Parks Prepare for Once-In-Lifetime Celestial Event

Posted 06.03.2012 | Science

If you're an amateur astronomer who plans on bringing out the telescope for some skywatching this Tuesday, send us pics of your rig and the transit! W...

Eight Astronomy Mysteries That Still Stump Scientists

Posted 06.01.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 05/31/2012 02:13 PM EDT on SPACE.com The vastness of space and the puzzling nature of the cosmic objects that occup...

160 Billion Exoplanets and Counting

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Science
Kyle Jarrard

News like this -- that the galaxy is bristling with potential broadcast platforms -- will only embolden these go-go pioneers. Hand them 160 billion planets and what will they say? What they've been saying all along: They just have to be out there -- meaning them.

Space Scientists Gear Up For Rare Celestial Event

Posted 06.03.2012 | Science

If you're an amateur astronomer who plans on bringing out the telescope for some skywatching this Tuesday, send us pics of your rig and the transit! W...

Unseen Object Lurks At Solar System's Edge, Scientist Conjectures

Posted 05.25.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 05/22/2012 12:54 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries A planet four times the size of Earth may be skirting the edges...

TONIGHT: Final Bow For Sky Show Featuring Venus, Moon

Posted 05.22.2012 | Science

By: Joe Rao Published: 05/21/2012 05:29 PM EDT on SPACE.com We all know how, after a great theatrical show has concluded the actors come out fo...

NEXT MONTH: Rare Celestial Event May Kickstart Search For Alien Planets

Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/16/2012 01:04 PM EDT on SPACE.com Observations of next month's historic Venus transit may eventually help astronomer...

WATCH: Zoom Over Amazing Asteroid During Surreal Sunrise

Posted 05.15.2012 | Science

Even though NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the asteroid Vesta since mid-2011, the rocky world still yields surprises--from its complex geo...

Rare Celestial Event Has Skywatchers Heading North

Posted 05.15.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/15/2012 07:42 AM EDT on SPACE.com A NASA sun-watching spacecraft will have an unbeatable view of June's historic Ven...

Tiny Cosmic Blip Sparks Big Discovery By Astronomy 'Detectives'

Posted 05.11.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 05/10/2012 02:09 PM EDT on SPACE.com Detective astronomers have discovered at least one unseen alien planet, and po...

Ancient Rock Helps Unlock Secret Of Planet's Past

Posted 05.10.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 05/09/2012 06:45 PM EDT on SPACE.com A new look at an ancient volcanic blast on Mars suggests that the Red Planet...

Dying Stars Caught Feasting On Earth-LIke Planets

Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 05/07/2012 06:26 AM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have caught four dying stars in the act of chowing down on rocky...

Life Could Lurk Beneath Planet's Rugged Rocks, Scientists Say

Posted 05.04.2012 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 05/03/2012 02:06 PM EDT on SPACE.com Beneath their rugged exterior, some Martian rocks could be hiding life, sci...

THIS WEEK: See Venus At Its Most Brilliant

Posted 04.27.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 04/27/2012 01:59 PM EDT on SPACE.com Step outside any night this week about an hour after sunset and have a look at...

Sun-Like Star May Break Astronomical Record

Posted 04.27.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 04/26/2012 05:29 PM EDT on SPACE.com A star already known to host five alien planets may actually be home to a whopping...