Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moon is the next frontier in NASA’s hunt for extraterrestrials
New studies suggest lonely planets flying through intergalactic space were formed by star-destroying supermassive black holes.
Humanity possesses the means to place probes into orbit around nearby stars. But do we have the patience?
There is still good reason to think undiscovered fundamental particles act as gravitational glue for galaxies.
A new public-private partnership is supercharging the race to image habitable exoplanets
Despite a breakthrough discovery by radio astronomers, the decade-long puzzle of elusive “fast radio bursts” is far from being solved
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Don Pettit discusses his dazzling orbital photographs of our home planet
Water vapor erupting from this Jovian moon could offer new pathways for exploring its subsurface ocean
Take a light-speed trip through the solar system to catch up on 2016’s biggest stories from our celestial neighborhood. Produced with support from Explore Scientific
The new administration will likely shift NASA resources away from Earth exploration and into deep space. But many questions remain about how the agency will be led and funded
The President-elect’s space policy platform calls for disruptive reorganizations and possible budget cuts to Earth-observing satellite programs
New studies suggest the dwarf planet’s spin is tilted askew, perhaps by the presence of a subsurface sea
European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli spacecraft crashed and possibly exploded
The Schiaparelli lander’s failure to phone home has scientists fearing the worst
With the Schiaparelli lander, Europe hopes to join the U.S. and Russia in successfully touching down on the Red Planet
A privately funded small space telescope could soon seek Earth-like planets around the sun’s nearest neighboring stars
If there is life on the Red Planet—even just alien microbes clinging to existence in isolated refuges—any biological contamination we import from Earth could cause an ecological and scientific catastrophe
Recent disappointments have physicists looking beyond WIMPs for dark matter particles
David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz share the 2016 Nobel Prize for work explaining the topological underpinnings of superconductivity and other strange phenomena