Campaigns to name exoplanets seem like Shakespearean farce
The newfound planet is 96 light years away, but it's the closest twin to Jupiter astronomers have ever directly seen
China, Russia and the U.S. are developing and testing controversial new capabilities to wage war in space despite their denial of such work
The mysterious gunk on Jupiter’s moon may be sea salt
Private funding for the Arecibo Observatory—the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world—may be a poison pill
The planet, Kepler 452 b, is likely rocky and orbits in its star’s habitable zone where liquid water can exist
With a $100-million donation, billionaire Yuri Milner plans to revolutionize the astronomical quest to find alien life
Two rival teams of astronomers are racing to capture unprecedented images of giant planets around other stars. What they find could change the future of planet hunting
Milner, a tech start-up entrepreneur and philanthropist, is partnering with scientists around the world to search for life among the stars
Early this morning, if all has gone well, the first golden age of interplanetary exploration will have come to a close
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As the legendary space telescope enters its twilight years, astronomers are searching for a replacement, but no one agrees about what it should accomplish
Though hobbled by age, NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope is proving to be an almost inexhaustible engine of discovery. The observatory found thousands of new worlds before an equipment malfunction in 2013 slowed its planetary torrent to a trickle, but clever researchers have managed to squeeze remarkable new findings out of its vast trove of archival data...
The 34-story tall Saturn 5 was the first vehicle humans ever used to land on the moon. Tyson's model was sent to him from Huntsville, Ala.
NASA’s former director of astrophysics plans to revolutionize space science with agile, privately funded missions
The light emitted by this very distant galaxy is the equivalent of 300 trillion suns. —Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers, Lee Billings
The lander, a six-meter Kevlar-inflatable disk, could carry heavier loads to the Red Planet
A galaxy 12.5 billion light-years away gives off the light of 300 trillion suns, because its feeding black hole produces enough heat to set the whole galaxy's dust glowing. Lee Billings reports ...
With its LightSail project, the Planetary Society aims to take the next step in its decades-long quest to transform spaceflight