The European Southern Observatory’s appropriately named Very Large Telescope (VLT) will celebrate 15 years come May 25 of operation – 15 years well spent, according to scientists who have employed it in their studies of the infinite expanse of space.
Saturn’s moon Titan, long observed by the spacecraft Cassini, might be headed toward some wild weather during its spring and summer based on two new models produced by NASA scientists.
Deep in outer space, about 11 billion light years from Earth, astronomers have observed the colossal merger of two galaxies; the intergalactic mash-up is birthing 2,000 new stars each year and has helped scientists better understand an important cosmic mystery.
Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are beginning to gather in the tightest grouping to take place until 2021.
Russia’s “space ark” returned to Earth on Sunday after a month spent in orbit roughly 345 miles above the planet’s surface.
An asteroid nearly 2 miles in length, nine times the length of the QE2 cruise ship, is set pass by Earth on May 31, according to NASA scientists.
A small asteroid travelling at 56,000 miles per hour struck the surface of the Moon two months ago, creating an explosion so bright that anyone who happened to be looking at the Moon at the moment of impact would have seen the bright flash, according to report released Friday by NASA. And if the speed of the space rock were not astonishing enough, NASA managed to capture the impact on video, too.
Astronomers have spotted an X-ray binary star system that scientists believe could help unlock several of the Universe’s mysteries.
Mars rover Opportunity is finally headed to a new location after 20 months spent on “Cape York” where it completed its time there with the exciting discovery of a rock “intensely” affected by water, according to NASA.
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity set the record for the farthest total distance for any driving on a world other than Earth by a U.S.-developed vehicle on Thursday after traveling 80 meters to finish the day with an odometer that read 35.76 kilometers.
A U.S. Air Force GPS satellite built by Boeing was successfully launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Launch Vehicle.
Researchers using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have identified 248 new impact sites on Mars in the past decade - far less than predicted by previous estimates of 200 impacts per year.
Uranus and Neptune are both home to extreme winds blowing at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour – or, as in the case of Neptune, 1,500 miles per hour - and hurricane-like storms as large around as Earth. However, since the discovery of these strong atmospheric winds in the 1980s, just how deep their reach is has remained a mystery. That is, until now.
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope suffered a failure in one of the reaction wheels that keep it orbiting, the space agency said Wednesday.