• Artist's Illustration of Asteroid Apophis Near Earth

    Updated: 2013-01-11 18:10:52
    An artist's illustration of asteroid Apophis near Earth. The asteroid will fly extremely close to Earth in 2029, and then again in 2036, but poses no threat of hitting the planet.

  • Venus and Moon Shine Bright in Stargazers' Photos

    Updated: 2013-01-11 15:05:32
    Venus and a crescent moon provided a dazzling sight for stargazers Thursday (Jan. 10).

  • Cosmic 'Bullets' Slam Orion Nebula in Dazzling Photo

    Updated: 2013-01-11 11:56:15
    Each "bullet" is 10 times the size of Pluto's orbit around the sun.

  • Largest Structure in Universe Discovered

    Updated: 2013-01-11 09:30:52
    The clump of quasars stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.

  • Biggest Structure in the Universe Explained (Infographic)

    Updated: 2013-01-11 09:28:53
    Scientists say an enormous cluster of quasars in the distant universe is larger than should be possible.

  • The Giant Asteroid, Near and Far

    Updated: 2013-01-11 00:26:19
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft departing the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dawn concluded 2012 almost 13,000 times farther from Vesta than it began the [...]

  • Asteroid Apophis Gives a Earth Close Shave in 2029 (Infographic)

    Updated: 2013-01-10 23:49:33
    The huge asteroid will pass close, but scientists say it won't hit us.

  • Largest Spiral Galaxy in Universe Revealed

    Updated: 2013-01-10 22:21:19
    NGC 6872 is more than five times wider than our own Milky Way.

  • Powerful Jet from a Supermassive Black Hole in Galaxy System 3C 321

    Updated: 2013-01-10 22:19:48
    This composite image shows the jet from a black hole at the center of a galaxy striking the edge of another galaxy.

  • Whew! Huge Asteroid Apophis Won't Hit Earth in 2036

    Updated: 2013-01-10 21:47:27
    Asteroid Apophis is larger than three football fields and will fly closer to Earth than many satellites.

  • My Big Fat Planet: In Essence: Science Boiled Down

    Updated: 2013-01-10 20:51:51
    By Amber Jenkins An interesting recent paper from Dr. Son Nghiem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and colleagues finds that the bottom of the Arctic Ocean controls the pattern of sea ice thousands of feet above on the water’s surface. The seafloor topography exerts its control not only locally, in the Bering, Chukchi, Beaufort, Barents and [...]

  • My Big Fat Planet: Pick of the Pics

    Updated: 2013-01-10 20:43:46
    By Amber Jenkins     Earth at night, as seen by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, a joint effort by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory and NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. This is a new image of our planet at night, as taken by a [...]

  • Alien Life May Exist on Exoplanet Moons

    Updated: 2013-01-10 18:07:17
    Life on alien moons may be just as likely as on exoplanets, scientists say.

  • Amazing Venus Photos by ESA's Venus Express

    Updated: 2013-01-10 15:58:04
    See photos of planet Venus taken by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft.

  • Globular Cluster's Hodgepodge Of Stars Snapped In Incredible Detail | Video

    Updated: 2013-01-10 15:57:14
    Europe's VISTA telescope reveals the star cluster 47 Tucanae (aka NGC 104), populated by red giants, vampire, variable, blue straggler stars and more in the Tucana constellation and its about 15,000 light-years from Earth.

  • Atmosphere of Venus Has Strange Magnetic 'Ropes'

    Updated: 2013-01-10 15:55:34
    Scientists have discovered strange magnetic ropes hundreds of miles long above the poles of Venus.

  • Deadliest Space Weather: New Series Premieres on The Weather Channel

    Updated: 2013-01-10 13:29:34
    What would happen if Jupiter's Big Red Spot appeared on Earth?

  • Finding Another Earth: How Will Scientists Confirm It Exists?

    Updated: 2013-01-10 13:22:43
    Once scientists find a possible Earth-twin, how will they be sure?

  • Milky Way Galaxy May Be Less Massive Than Thought

    Updated: 2013-01-10 13:16:14
    A new estimate puts our galaxy's mass at 500 trillion to 1 quadrillion times that of the sun.

  • Massive Star Formation Sites Discovered In Milky Way | Video

    Updated: 2013-01-10 03:09:44
    Astronomers have located regions of young star and star cluster formation using the Green Bank Telescope, the Arecibo Telescope and data from NASA's Spitzer and WISE satellites. Astronomers call them HII regions (marked in red).

  • Most Earth-like Exoplanet Discovery Explained (Infographic)

    Updated: 2013-01-09 23:57:41
    Planet KOI 172.02 has yet to be confirmed, but it could potentially have water and life.

  • Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Possibly Found

    Updated: 2013-01-09 21:32:14
    A newfound "super Earth" orbits a sun-like star in the habitable zone.

  • Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Apophis Bigger Than Thought: See It Online Tonight

    Updated: 2013-01-09 16:01:04
    The potentially dangerous asteroid Apophis is 20 percent wider and 75 percent more massive than scientists thought.

  • Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega

    Updated: 2013-01-09 15:33:08
    This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega.

  • Huge Asteroid Apophis Revealed in Photos

    Updated: 2013-01-09 15:18:53
    Asteroid Apophis will pass close to Earth in 2029, then again in 2036.

  • Alien Earth: What It Will Mean to Find Our Planet's Twin

    Updated: 2013-01-09 12:43:36
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  • Dazzling Comet of 2013 May Be Among Brightest Ever Seen

    Updated: 2013-01-09 12:39:31
    Comet ISON could put on an amazing show when it passes close to the sun late this year.

  • Hubble Space Telescope Could Last Until 2018, NASA Says

    Updated: 2013-01-09 12:39:26
    Hubble could run for at least a year after its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, launches in 2017.

  • Alien Asteroid Belt Discovery Hints at Hidden Planets

    Updated: 2013-01-09 12:39:19
    Several planets the size of Jupiter or smaller could lurk between the asteroid belts of Vega.

  • Stunning Night Sky Photos of January 2013

    Updated: 2013-01-07 22:52:58
    Amateur astronomers have caught some amazing views of the night sky this month.

  • Complete Coverage of the 221st AAS Meeting

    Updated: 2013-01-04 11:43:48
    Check out our full coverage of the year's largest astronomy meeting.

  • Slice of History: Viking Stereo Viewer

    Updated: 2012-12-05 01:20:14
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Viking Stereo Viewer — Photograph Number 324-1954 This interactive computer-based stereo viewing system was used to analyze Mars topography images generated by the cameras on NASA’s Viking 1 Mars [...]

  • Short Puffs Keep Dawn Chugging Along

    Updated: 2012-12-05 01:07:15
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft at its next target, the protoplanet Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dear Dawndroids, Dawn is continuing to gently and patiently change its orbit [...]

  • Slice of History: 1944 Map of JPL

    Updated: 2012-11-02 00:03:07
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. 1944 Map of JPL — Photograph Number HC 3-1294 On October 31, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., celebrated its 76th anniversary. It began with a few [...]

  • Dawn Comes Closer to Go Farther

    Updated: 2012-11-01 16:39:46
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft at its next target, the protoplanet Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dear Indawnspensable Readers, Dawn is making good progress on the second segment [...]

  • A week of planets

    Updated: 2012-10-17 11:16:00
    Astronomy Blog You are : in Astronomy Blog archive A week of planets An astronomy blog usually but not always based in the UK . Pondering questions such as What is in an exoplanet name A week of planets It has been a busy few days of planetary discoveries and this might be down to people saving announcements up for the AAS's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting dps12 Yesterday saw the announcement of PH-1 as the first confirmed planet discovery by users of the Planet Hunters website . The planet is very interesting because it is in a 4 star system It orbits a double star which is orbited by another pair of stars at 1000 AU distance . In our solar system that would put the second pair 20 times further away that the Kuiper Belt but not as far as the start of the the Oort Cloud . You can

  • Slice of History: Is It a JPL Magic Trick?

    Updated: 2012-10-10 01:17:12
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Is it a JPL magic trick? — Photograph 328-161Ac In 1960 through 1961, several different experiments were conducted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in search of [...]

  • Dawn’s Stellar Anniversary

    Updated: 2012-09-27 23:40:29
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dear Dawnniversaries, On the fifth anniversary of the beginning of its ambitious interplanetary adventure, Dawn can look back with [...]

  • Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

    Updated: 2012-09-24 21:07:17
    More than 800 extrasolar planets have been discovered.

  • A Lonely Planet

    Updated: 2012-09-24 17:40:00
    Astronomy Blog You are : in Astronomy Blog archive A Lonely Planet An astronomy blog usually but not always based in the UK . Pondering questions such as What is in an exoplanet name A Lonely Planet A few years ago I half-jokingly suggested that it would be great to have a Lonely Planet guidebook to Mars . Today I was reminded of that idea and even Lonely Planet joined in the conversation pointing out some others on their wish list So , I've mocked up how Lonely Planet Mars might . look A what if mock-up of a Lonely Planet guide for Mars click to embiggen Background : credit ESA DLR FU Berlin G . Neukum Tags : Mars Lonely Planet guidebook Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 24th Sep 2012 17:40 BST Add a comment Permalink Comments : ADD A : COMMENT Don't provide an email URL unless

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