Rising through thick fog from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. NASA's latest mission intends to probe deeply into Mars and decipher how it formed.
Curiosity spotted polygonal shapes on the surface of rocks on Mars — now, analysis of these mud cracks is revealing the history of the long-ago lake that once filled Gale Crater.
The International Astronomical Union has approved names for features on Pluto's largest moon, Charon.
A new analysis of more than 800 telescopic observations suggests that our first known interstellar visitor could have the shape of a cigar or a fat disk.
Hubble's powerful eye scouts the outer planets once an Earth year, shedding light on planetary weather, like Jupiter's Great Red Spot and Neptune's Great Dark Spot.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has found breathtaking cyclones at Jupiter’s poles and probed how deep the planet’s jet streams go.
A series of 11 sounding rocket flights from two remote locations in the Arctic circle will help unlock the secrets of the processes behind the Northern Lights.
In a new twist on the giant impact theory, a new idea posits that the Moon might have formed from the vaporized remains of Earth after an epic collision with another planet-sized body.
Scientists have finally confirmed a decades-old theory on what causes the faint flickering seen in the Northern Lights toward dawn.
Newly-discovered asteroid 2018 CB will be passing only about 44,000 miles away Friday and visible in modest telescopes.
New research shows that the supersonic motion of the Moon's shadow across the continental U.S. in August 2017 created bow waves in Earth's atmosphere.
Almost everyone considered Japan's Venus-bound orbiter a lost cause, but the spacecraft survived, reached its objective, and is wowing scientists with results.
Citizen scientists have discovered a system of five sub-Neptune planets, NASA scientists follow the spin of Comet 41P, and speedy clouds of gas shed light on the Millky Way's history.
Thick sheets of water ice, some barely buried beneath the surface and likely more than 100 meters thick, have been spotted on several Martian cliff faces.
They look like leftover gravel from a freshly laid asphalt road, but the black stones that spattered across the snow in the wake of the January 16th Michigan fireball were anything but terrestrial. They belonged to a tiny asteroid on a recent foray to the outer asteroid belt but now grounded for good on Earth.…
An unassuming amateur astronomer forever linked to one of the greatest comets in modern history has passed away.
A new theory of the solar system’s formation suggests that it formed within the shell of a wind-blown bubble surrounding a dead star.
Astronomers' recent observations of our first-known interstellar visitor reveal that it is very strange indeed.
Here's a quick look at results announced at the 2017 American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans: exploding meteoroids, Saturn's ring-atmosphere connection, and more bright spots on Ceres.
New analysis from the New Horizons team suggest that the spacecraft's next target in the Kuiper Belt might have a third companion.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft peeked under the clouds of the most iconic weather feature in the solar system, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, revealing a complex structure deep below the surface.
A new analysis reveals that the gigantic impact that led to the Moon's formation might have also switched on Earth's magnetic field.
NASA is developing a key instrument for a mission to the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos.
Rapid-response observations by major observatories shows that the first-known interstellar visitor is 10 times longer than it is wide.
The arrival of an object from beyond the solar system caught astronomers by surprise — but that doesn't mean that they were unprepared to study it.