Astronomy is a broad discipline covering all facets of astrophysics. In this section you can learn about the origins of the universe, black holes and other astronomical phenomena.
NASA scientists say solar eruptions could have played a role in creating not only friendly environments, but also the building blocks of life itself.
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 20, 2016
The sun's atmosphere is actually hotter than its surface, even though you'd assume the surface is what generates all that heat. How does that work?
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 31, 2016
NASA's solar-observation satellite IRIS spotted an instance of this powerful natural electromagnetic phenomenon, and caught it on video.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 22, 2016
Radiation from distant galaxies and even black holes travels light years through the universe to have a tiny but measurable impact on humanity.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 17, 2016
And if we're going to get technical about it, neither do those of us here on Earth.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 9, 2016
A NASA spacecraft captured footage of a comet hurtling toward the sun. And then it got crazy
By Kathryn Whitbourne Aug 8, 2016
Heading to the moon? You might want to ask the FAA first.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 4, 2016
The Japanese satellite aimed to look deep into the universe. It died just a month after launch—but provided a brief, tantalizing hint of discoveries it might have made.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 15, 2016
After a five-year trip, the space probe reaches its destination on a mission to learn about the gas giant's origin and evolution.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 1, 2016
The space telescope's ultraviolet observations come days before the Juno space probe will arrive to orbit the gas giant's polar regions.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 30, 2016
Could a new space and aeronautics partnership between NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency make Mars a reality within our lifetime?
By Laurie L. Dove Jun 15, 2016
This is the largest-ever planet found in orbit around a binary star system, and like our own solar system neighbor, is a gas giant that probably has moons.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 14, 2016
The LISA Pathfinder prototype just pulled off a technological breakthrough on the path to the ESA's 2034 mission to observe Einstein's ripples in space-time.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jun 7, 2016
Decades after archaeologists unearthed King Tut's tomb, we're still talking about the boy-king. This time it's because of his awesome space dagger.
By Holly Frey Jun 2, 2016
Understanding what's going on in the gaseous comet cloud around HD 181327 will shine a light on the early days of our own solar system.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 18, 2016
Understanding just how the "tiger stripes" on Enceladus have sustained water eruptions from its global ocean for so long helps us learn more about Saturn's rings.
By Christopher Hassiotis Mar 28, 2016
The B612 Foundation want to protect Earth from asteroid collisions with a telescope called Sentinel. The foundation just needs a few hundred million dollars to do it.
By Jonathan Strickland Mar 24, 2016
Reconciling large- and small-scale physics in a new simulation gives us better understanding of our home star.
By Christopher Hassiotis Mar 24, 2016
When the James Webb Space Telescope is in orbit, it will let us peer farther back into the universe’s past than Hubble could have ever imagined.
By Ben Bowlin Mar 4, 2016
And you thought it was tough deciding which family to visit during the holidays. We just identified two stars in the process of forming a planet – or a planetary system.
By Christopher Hassiotis Feb 13, 2016
With its huge mirror now assembled, the James Webb Space Telescope is getting closer to being ready. Get to know the telescope that will enable some serious star gazing.
By Ben Bowlin Feb 5, 2016
Our moon has the power to influence how much rain we get on Earth. The effect is too tiny to notice, but still: mad respect, Moon.
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 4, 2016
A massive planet 10 times the size of Earth seems to have been lurking on the edge of our solar system for some time now. How come we never noticed it before?
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 26, 2016
Over billions of years, the universe has produced a lot of worlds. How does it happen? Astronomers are studying young stars and the exoplanets forming around them.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 19, 2016
Pluto may have escaped our notice for a long time in recorded history, but the amazing images from NASA's New Horizons mission have more than made up for that.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Jan 13, 2016
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