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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- "We should have all the matter today that we had back when the universe was 400,000 years old," said Philip Kaaret, HaloSat's principal investigator at the University of Iowa (UI), which leads the mission. "Where di
A tiny satellite has started investigating the halo of incredibly hot gas surrounding the Milky Way and it could help scientists track down the huge amount of missing matter in the universe.
The European Gaia spacecraft recently released a catalog of the positions of 1.7 billion stars, mapping our stellar neighbors around the Milky Way with unprecedented precision.
In the hunt for life beyond Earth, we've been looking for planets and stars like our own. But that is flawed and a new plan promises answers in our lifetimes
"For most of Earth history our planet was populated with microbes, and projecting into the future they will likely be the stewards of the planet long after we are gone," says Crockford, now a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton Uni
Are two different types of stars actually the same thing? Research of recent years shows that kinds of exotic stars known as pulsars and magnetars may actually be a single type of star, but at different stages of its lifetime, a new NASA video says.
Mars Express imaged a local dust storm in April, a precursor to the dramatic planet-circling event that followed
Nice clean infrared views of the Saturn moon Titan. We never get to see these views of course, our view is normally of the none in the center. Very nice work indeed. NASA: These six infrared images of Saturn’s moon Titan represent some of t
Deep in the ocean's twilight zone, swarms of ravenous single-celled organisms may be altering Earth's carbon cycle in ways scientists never expected, according to a new study from Florida State University researchers. In the area 100
Tiny particles of glass have been trapped in a laser and spun at more than 1 billion times per second, the fastest rotation of any object ever seen
A new technique that analyzes clashing observations may help solve the mystery behind the expansion of the universe.
The animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived for a surprise seventh season on the upcoming Disney streaming service.
Dave Brubeck’s Time Out album was the first jazz LP I ever bought, just after it came out in 1959, the same year that Miles Davis released Kind of Blue. Watershed moments both. Paul Desmond once said of his alto sax work that he was trying
Rapidly nearing the end of a unique decade-long interplanetary expedition, Dawn is taking phenomenal pictures of dwarf planet Ceres as it swoops closer to the ground than ever before.
Crossing this boundary with a spacecraft will be similar, symbolically, to the moment when the Voyager 1 probe entered interstellar space in 2012, says Justin Kasper, a physicist at the University of Michigan. The moment will mark humanitys passage t
The pictures in the Royal Observatory Greenwichs astronomy photography competition show the many types and colours of light that shine through our universe
New research using a decade of data from ESAs Mars Express has found clear signs of the complex martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.
There's something strange about the outer solar system and that could be the signature of a long-ago visit to our neighborhood.
Researchers at NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory may have watched a young star devouring a planet.
The First Quarter Moon is Friday, July 20.  All 5 bright unaided eye planets can be seen in the evening sky. Venus is high in the early evening sky. Mercury begins to sink towards the horizon in early evening skies. Jupiter is past oppositio
A cluster of stars sharing a common origin, now gravitationally unbound, is referred to as a stellar association. Ive written before about how useful some of these groupings can be. In the form of so-called moving groups — a stellar associa
Next? NASA: Launched nearly 15 years ago on August 25, 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope is the final mission in NASA’s Great Observatories Program – a family of four space-based observatories, each observing the universe in a dif
The country's satellite navigation system faced a long and difficult road, but it's finally operational.
Pasadena Conference to Include New Insight into Dwarf Planet Ceres
To discover and confirm the presence of a planet around stars other than the Sun, astronomers wait until it has completed three orbits. However, this very effective technique has its drawbacks since it cannot confirm the presence of planets at...&amp
The outer solar system hosts a number of small bodies in mixed up orbits and they may have been scattered there by a passing star
Technology image of the week: more than 16 years old and still growing strong, the Proba-1 microsatellite takes a look at Guam
NASA's pursuit of landing astronauts on the moon is the theme of Field Notes' 39th limited edition release. Featuring three memo books and three "punch out and assemble" models, the "Three Missions" set celebrates the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo progr
Friday will mark the 49th anniversary of one of humanity's greatest achievements: Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing. And the sky has a lunar treat in store.
Forty-nine years after Neil Armstrong took his first "small step" on the lunar surface, Samsung has brought his "giant leap for mankind" down to Earth by launching an out-of-this-world virtual-reality experience in New York City.
Using the powerful Hubble and Gaia space telescopes, astronomers just took a big step toward finding the answer to the Hubble constant, one of the most important and long-sought numbers in all of cosmology. This number measures the rate at which the
Some exciting Juno results. The “new volcano” is found by looking just below the bright feature in the center of the image. Click the image for help finding the object. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM NASA: Data coll
Red dwarfs have a lot of things going for them when it comes to finding possibly habitable planets. A planet of Earth size will produce a substantial transit signal because of the small size of the star and the tight orbit the planet must follow (tra
Sorry I've been quiet on the blog for a few weeks. An unusually long gap, I think (although those of you following on instagram, twitter, Facebook and so forth have not noticed a gap). I've been hiding out at the Aspen Center for Physics for a while.
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his most recent images of our amazing and beautiful universe.
Juno's JIRAM instrument points to a new heat source close to the south pole of Io that could indicate a previously undiscovered volcano.
The New Moon is Friday, July 13.  All 5 bright unaided eye planets can be seen in the evening sky. Venus is high in the early evening sky and is close to the crescent Moon on the 16th. Mercury climbs higher in early evening skies and is clos
"Jupiter just happened to be in the sky near the search fields where we were looking for extremely distant Solar System objects, so we were serendipitously able to look for new moons around Jupiter while at the same time looking... 
Carbon-rich planets laced with diamond may orbit distant stars, and now weve many miniature versions of them by crushing and heating chemical powders
A huge iceberg drifted perilously close to the west Greenland coast causing fears that if it breaks up, waves could swamp the village of Innaarsuit
The oldest standing launch structures at Cape Canaveral were imploded on Thursday (July 12), toppling gantries that supported 325 missiles and rockets. The two mobile service towers at Launch Complex 17 were used for Thor and Delta rocket launches fr
Earlier this week, NASAs Kepler team received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low. NASA has placed the spacecraft in a hibernation-like state in preparation to download the science data collected in its latest observation
A group of fans recently filled baseball's Fenway Park in Boston not to watch homers fly over the Green Monster left-field wall, but instead to talk about spacecraft flying through the solar system.
The mysterious surface of Saturn's huge moon Titan comes into gloriously sharp focus in newly released photos captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Thousands of exoplanets are known to orbit distant stars. Far fewer have had their atmospheres studied. The Webb telescope will bring new capabilities for determining atmospheric compositions, temperatures, and structures. Some of Webbs earliest obse
"We have found a gas-giant planet that is a virtual twin of a previously known planet, but it looks like the two objects formed in different ways," said Trent Dupuy, astronomer at the Gemini Observatory. Direct Wircam image of 2MASS
On his first foreign trip since taking office nearly three months ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine traveled to Israel this week to meet with the country's prime minister and other officials.
Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft for the ninth time today (July 18) during a test to ensure that humans could escape the capsule in case anything goes wrong.
A new haul of moons brings Jupiters total to 79. Nine of the newly discovered satellites are orbiting the wrong way, and could obliterate one of their companions
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Moon and Mars seen from the International Space Station