Space

China publishes new high-quality images of the Moon's surface

The China National Space Administration has published hundreds of previously unseen high-quality images, videos and scientific data of the Moon. The information was gathered by the Chang'e-3 lunar rover and is now available to anyone who is interested in it. ...

February 05, 2016

Jet of particles, three times bigger than Milky Way, blasting from a supermassive black hole in Pictor A

NASA's scientists obtained images of a huge jet of particles blasted from a supermassive black hole at the center of the Pictor A galaxy. The continuous X-ray emission spread across the distance of 300 000 light years which is three times the diameter of Milky...

February 04, 2016

Asteroid 2013 TX69 to safely pass Earth on March 5

2013 TX68, the small asteroid that flew by our planet two years ago is now coming back again for another flyby on March 5, 2016. This time, the asteroid might make a much closer pass though still at a safe distance. Two years ago, 2013 TX68 flew by Earth at a...

February 04, 2016

Giant hydrogen cloud boomeranging back to Milky Way

A large cloud of hydrogen gas is on a return collision course to the Milky Way galaxy, running towards it with a speed of almost 1 126 540 km/h (700 000 mph) and is expected to hit it in about 30 million years. The new Hubble Space Telescope observations suggest the...

February 03, 2016

Night sky guide for February 2016

February 2016 starts with the conjunction between the Moon and Mars. The pair will be located in the constellation Libra and visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars on February 1. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies...

February 01, 2016

Very bright fireball blasts across the day skies of South Florida and Georgia, US

An extremely bright daylight fireball blazed across the skies of South Georgia and Florida, US, on January 24, 2016. The American Meteorite Society (AMS) stated the event was a meteorite fall. The fireball appeared approximately at 15:25 UTC (10:25 ET) and more than...

January 27, 2016

Polygonal patterns on Mars

The HiRISE Camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an intriguing image of polygonal patterns within a crater at the Martian north pole. A Space.com report states of these features: “The entire crater is around 5 km (3 miles) across...

January 22, 2016

NASA’s Van Allen Probes broaden view on the shape of Van Allen Belts

NASA's Van Allen Probes enabled the scientists to gather a more precise picture of the structure of Van Allen Belts that shield our planet from the solar radiation. New research shows their shape varies depending on the energy of charged particles constituting...

January 21, 2016

Planet Nine: Caltech researchers announce evidence of a giant new Solar System planet on a highly elongated orbit

Two Caltech researchers have announced today, January 20, 2016, they have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times...

January 20, 2016

Jason-3 mission launch replay - January 17, 2016

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to deliver the Jason-3 satellite to low-Earth orbit at 18:42 UTC on January 17, 2016. If all goes as planned, the Jason-3 satellite will be deployed approximately one hour after launch. This mission also marks an...

January 17, 2016

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office to detect and monitor potentially hazardous NEOs

NASA's program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) has now been formally established and named the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its responsibility will be supervising projects oriented towards finding and characterizing...

January 12, 2016

European Space Agency: Preview 2016

2016 will be another full and exciting year for the European Space Agency. This ESA TV video takes a look at what's ahead. It will be a 'Martian year' in particular with the ExoMars launch next March and with the landing of its descent module in October...

January 06, 2016

Quadrantids: An above average meteor shower reaches peak of activity

The Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak activity, with about 80 meteors per hour (ZHR), on the night of January 3 and the early morning hours of January 4, 2015. A waning crescent moon will not interfere much with meteors and any of its fireballs. This...

January 03, 2016

Night sky guide for January 2016

We start the year with our planet reaching perihelion - closest point to the Sun - which will happen at 22:49 UTC on January 2. At the time, Earth will be 146.6 million km (91 million miles) from the Sun. The first meteor shower of the year - Quadrantids - will...

January 01, 2016

Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016

These visualizations show the Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016, as viewed from both northern and southern hemispheres. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, the visualizations show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth...

January 01, 2016

Rare full moon to decorate the skies on Christmas Day

A rare celestial event will take place on December 25, 2015. A bright full moon, although not unusual phenomena per se, rarely coincides with Christmas date and will for sure make a nice contribution to the holiday atmosphere. The full moon of December, the...

December 24, 2015

Asteroid 2003 SD220 to flyby Earth on Christmas Eve

The year 2015 seems to have another festive surprise in store for astronomy lovers across the globe. After the Halloween asteroid's close flyby in October, another object will pass by our planet on Christmas Eve. Asteroid 2003 SD220 will fly by Earth at a safe...

December 24, 2015

Ceres imaged from the lowest orbital altitude ever

NASA's Dawn spacecraft collected new detailed images of the cratered and fractured southern hemisphere surface of the dwarf planet Ceres on December 10, 2015. The spacecraft took the images while cruising in the lowest and final orbit of the small planet. Dawn...

December 23, 2015

Giant comets pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids

The discovery of hundreds of giant comets in the outer planetary system over the last two decades means that these objects pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids, a team of astronomers from Armagh Observatory and the University of Buckingham report. The...

December 22, 2015

Cassini makes final close flyby images of Saturn's moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its 22nd and the final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on December 19, 2015 at 17:49 UTC and will now continue to observe the moon from a much greater distance. The spacecraft passed Enceladus at a distance of 4 999 km...

December 22, 2015

10-m wide asteroid makes a very close call with Earth

A newly discovered asteroid, about 10-meters (34 feet) wide, flew past Earth well withing the orbit of the Moon on December 19, 2015. After a much bigger, 650-meter (0.33 miles) wide asteroid that flew past Earth at about 1.3 LD on October 31, this is the second...

December 19, 2015

The force of meteoroid strikes on lunar exosphere

NASA scientists have discovered new properties of the Moon's exosphere - a thin layer of gas surrounding the Moon that's about 25-trillionth the density of Earth’s atmosphere. Their data reveals that meteoroids cause an increase in two key elements in...

December 19, 2015

Blazar bonanza

A long time ago in a galaxy half the universe away, a flood of high-energy gamma rays began its journey to Earth. When they arrived in April, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope caught the outburst, which helped two ground-based gamma-ray observatories detect...

December 15, 2015

Fresh view of Earth - DSCOVR taking images of entire sunlit side of Earth every two hours

Less than a year after its launch on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, also known as EPIC, is taking images of the entire sunlit side of Earth every two hours. All images are in the public domain and can be...

December 14, 2015

Geminid meteor shower - king of meteor showers peaks this weekend

One of the most popular meteor showers in the night sky and the most impressive meteor shower of the year - Geminid meteor shower - is set to peak between the nighttime on December 13 and the early morning December 14, 2015, producing up to 120 meteors per hour in...

December 13, 2015

Rosetta's OSIRIS launches website with most recent imagery of Comet 67P

Rosetta's OSIRIS camera team has launched new website designed to showcase its most recent images taken of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These images are in high-resolution, taken with narrow- or wide-angle camera, showing the comet at very small distances....

December 12, 2015

A funky star shows long-lasting cloud storms possible

A raging storm, similar to the Jupiter's Great Red Spot, discovered by NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes has been pictured in a vivid artist's animation video. The star named W1906+40, located approximately 53 light years away in the Lyra...

December 11, 2015

Two new studies offer new clues to Ceres' bright spots and origins

Two new studies reveal some of Ceres' well-kept secrets, including highly anticipated insights about mysterious bright features found all over the dwarf planet's surface. In one study, scientists identify this bright material as a kind of salt, while the...

December 09, 2015

New visualization of space weather at Pluto

This video, made by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, shows a new simulation of the space environment all the way out to Pluto in the months surrounding New Horizons’ July 2015 flyby. At the time, Goddard's...

December 09, 2015

The closest images ever of a distant Kuiper Belt object - 1994 JR1

There is a region of space filled with comets beyond the gas giant Neptune known as the Kuiper Belt. This expanse holds trillions of objects - remnants of the early Solar System - and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently took the closest images of one of...

December 08, 2015

New close-up pictures of Pluto - the best for decades to come

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto obtained during its July flyby. These close-up pictures of Pluto may be the best ones for decades to come. Each week New Horizons transmits data stored on its...

December 06, 2015

SOHO celebrates its 20th anniversary of gazing into the Sun

Today marks the 20th anniversary of NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Originally planned for two-year mission, the project has now almost gone strong for two full solar-cycles, making the project longest Sun watching satellite to this day. When...

December 02, 2015

Night sky guide for December 2015

December 2015 will feature three meteor showers: the Geminids, the Puppid-Velids and the Ursids. The Geminid meteor shower is popularly known as the "king of meteor showers". This year, it is expected to produce up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak,...

December 01, 2015

Scientists get unique chance to study black hole eating a star

A team of astrophysics led by a Johns Hopkins University (JHU) scientist has for the first time witnessed a black hole swallowing a star and ejecting a flare of matter moving nearly the speed of light (about 300,000 km/s). The finding tracks the star, which is...

November 29, 2015

FireSat - the ultimate orbital global wildfire coverage

The detection of wildfires is the first step in combating them, so it is crucial to people's lives and property to be able to respond to them as quickly as possible. For this reason, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California is putting a lot of effort...

November 28, 2015