Breathtaking Illustrations Show The Splendor Of Ringed Planets

Is there any more beautiful than a ringed planet? It's like an instant signifier of an exotic, non-Earth world. And the sight of a ring floating around an entire world is one of the most poetic and astonishing vistas the universe has to offer. And luckily, some immensely talented artists have created illustrations… » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

What would it look like from Earth if the Moon were a giant disco ball?

So, technically, this is what it would look like if the Moon were a disco ball AND orbited Earth at the same distance as the International Space Station, i.e. roughly 420 kilometers (260 miles) above the surface of the Earth. But that doesn't make it any less incredible looking. » 4/05/14 9:30am 4/05/14 9:30am

An Astronaut And His Robot Companion Are Photobombed By A Watery Planet

Commander Koichi Wakata poses before a Cupola window aboard the International Space Station. The Canadarm2's Latching End Effector looks on from the other side of the glass. Meanwhile, in the background, Earth hangs almost modestly, all but obscured by the photo's fore- and middleground subjects. » 4/02/14 5:15pm 4/02/14 5:15pm

Atmospheric re-entry, as seen from the ISS

One of the more stunning space-shots we've seen in some time, this photograph of a JAXA HTV-4 spacecraft was taken from the ISS during the delivery vehicle's return to Earth. Strange to think how the most otherworldly photographs are often of our home planet. Keep scrolling for the full image, with details from Mika… » 3/16/14 6:34pm 3/16/14 6:34pm

This image is why everyone's so excited about a NASA mission to Europa

NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H2O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a… » 3/08/14 8:15am 3/08/14 8:15am

Haunting new Hubble image shows a galaxy being ripped to shreds

There's a spiral galaxy located 200 million light years from here that's not doing so well. See those intense blue streaks streaming away from it? Those are hot young stars that are being torn away from the galaxy by its surroundings as it moves through space. » 3/04/14 1:20pm 3/04/14 1:20pm

Here's why they call Earth 'The Blue Marble'

The Caribbean country of Cuba appears at the top of this image, photographed last December by an Expedition 38 crew member aboard the International Space Station. Andros Island, part of the Bahamas, can be seen in the bottom of the frame. The surrounding waters are so beautifully aqua-colored as to appear unbelievable. … » 2/26/14 5:00pm 2/26/14 5:00pm

Watch the Moon devour Saturn

On Saturday, the Moon passed between the Earth and Saturn, blocking the ringed planet from view. In this video from photographer Colin Legg, you can watch as Saturn sets behind our planet's satellite, in an uncommon astronomical event known as occultation. » 2/26/14 11:30am 2/26/14 11:30am