New Photos Highlight One Of Our Galaxy's Grandest Star Factories

This spectacular image was captured by the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and released today by the European Southern Observatory. To the right of the photograph is nebula NGC 3576. On the left is star cluster NGC3603, home to the Milky Way's highest known concentration of massive stars. » 8/20/14 1:39pm Wednesday 1:39pm

The Space Station Has The Most Beautiful Garbage Day

While terrestrial humans tolerate stinky, sticky garbage trucks, our astronaut brethren opt for something much more beautiful for their disposal runs. This streak of fire across the night sky is the burning of the Cygnus spacecraft, dirty laundry, and other junk. On the flip side, garbage day is a lot less frequent. » 8/18/14 4:47pm Monday 4:47pm

Sunday Night Will Be An Extraordinary Time For Skygazing

The biggest, brightest full moon of 2014 rises this Sunday. That's exciting in and of itself (though not nearly as exciting as some headlines would suggest), but Sunday's "supermoon" also happens to coincide with the Perseid meteor shower, one of the largest and most dependable meteor displays of the year. » 8/08/14 1:00pm 8/08/14 1:00pm

First Close-Up Photos Of The Solar System's "Most Crazy Bonkers Comet"

In March 2004, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft left Earth in pursuit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Today, more than 10 years and four billion miles later, Rosetta became the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet. The probe is now soaring through space in tandem with its target – and the view is… » 8/06/14 9:50am 8/06/14 9:50am

X-Rays From the Universe Are Simply Stunning

The Chandra X-ray observatory has been observing the universe in X-ray wavelengths for fifteen years. The space telescope's scientific highlights gallery has so much gorgeous X-ray goodness that it's hard to pick favourites. Need to be swept away by the sheer beauty of space? We've got you covered. » 7/28/14 8:41pm 7/28/14 8:41pm

The Sun Emits a Plasma Arc So Big You Could Fit 25 Earths Beneath It

The sun is big. Really, really big. It's so big, every feature on it is mind-boggling huge. Last week it spun out a massive prominence arcing out into space so ginormous that a mischievous fireproof Titan could've used it as a hoop to dunk the Earth in a game of cosmic basketball. » 7/22/14 7:31pm 7/22/14 7:31pm

In the Ultimate in Installation Pieces, Artist Sends Plants Into Space

Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto teamed up with JP Aerospace for a mission called "Exobiotanica," which sent two plant pieces into the upper atmosphere: a Japanese white pine called "Shiki 1" and the above arrangement of peace lilies, poppy seed pods, dahlias, bromeliads, orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, and irises. » 7/22/14 4:30am 7/22/14 4:30am

New Lunar Photos Offer a Stunning 3D Flyby Of The Apollo 11 Site

Forty Years after touching down near the Sea of Tranquility, the trails of disturbed regolith created by the Apollo 11 astronauts are still clearly visible in photographs taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists used those and other images to create this amazing virtual model of the landing site. » 7/18/14 10:20am 7/18/14 10:20am

The Antares Rocket Launch Will Be Visible July 12 – Here's How To Watch

If you've never witnessed a rocket launch in person, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled this Saturday, when the launch of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s commercial Antares from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility will be visible from much of the East Coast. Here's what you need to know to catch a glimpse. » 7/11/14 10:30am 7/11/14 10:30am

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

The folks at JPL just published a new image of the surface of Europa – Jupiter's watery, chaotic, eruptive, and potentially life-harboring satellite. The photograph illustrates the contrast between the moon's relatively pure water ice (blue-white terrain) and its saltier, and thereby ruddier, surface ice. » 7/09/14 3:40pm 7/09/14 3:40pm