Stunning New Images Of Rhea Herald More Photos Of Saturn's Icy Moons

For nearly two years, the orbital path of NASA's Cassini spacecraft has limited the mission's encounters with Saturn's moons. These newly released photos of the icy moon Rhea mark the spacecraft's return to the planet's equatorial plane, realm of the ringed world's frozen satellites. » 3/30/15 3:58pm Today 3:58pm

Last Week's Solar Eclipse As Seen From Space

The European Space Agency's PROBA-2 minisatellite caught the March 20th solar eclipse, with the ESA creating a time-lapse video of its images. See the full video below, and images of it from the ISS. » 3/24/15 1:30am 3/24/15 1:30am

The Monkey Roars! NASA just released this beautiful mosaic image of part of the Monkey Head Nebula, showing a cloud made up of ultraviolet light hitting cooler hydrogen gas. This image is partly visible light and partly infrared, which shows interstellar dust particles heated by radiation from the stars in the middle. » 3/19/15 11:45pm 3/19/15 11:45pm

How Many Rings Do You See In This Image of Saturn?

We all know that Saturn is the planet with the rings, but how many did you think there were? In this photo, by the Cassini spacecraft on January 8, 2015, you can spend a good couple of hours trying to count them. » 3/17/15 3:00am 3/17/15 3:00am

Here's a Real Photo Of the Mars Location of Andy Weir's The Martian

In The Martian, the stranded astronaut protagonist spends a lot of the story stuck in a site located in the southern Acidalia Planitia. This is an actual image of that area on Mars, based on the map in the book. » 3/13/15 12:30am 3/13/15 12:30am

Impossibly, the Veil Nebula Appears to Flutter In Space

Only a small portion of the Veil Nebula — located in the constellation Cygnus — is only partly visible to the Hubble Telescope. But what can be photographed is fairly impressive. » 3/11/15 12:30am 3/11/15 12:30am

A Color-Saturated Look At Mercury's Massive, Ancient Caloris Basin

Mercury's Caloris Basin is seen in an enhanced color mosaic. The massive crater, formed some 4 billion years ago, is orange. Smaller craters made subsequently are rendered in blue, while orange splotches around the perimeter may be volcanic vents. » 3/07/15 4:30pm 3/07/15 4:30pm

This Is The Secret To Clear Observations Through A Chaotic Atmosphere

It Took 3 Instruments To Create This Image Of The Small Magellanic Cloud

When we see photos of space, the data doesn't always come from one place. This photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud comes from the European Space Agency's Herschel's Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and NASA's Spitzer's Multiband Imaging Photometer… » 3/03/15 11:00pm 3/03/15 11:00pm

A Baby Star Pierces Through Its Blanket Of Interstellar Dust

Behold V1331Cyg, a young star located 1,800 light-years from Earth. This object, which is illuminating the dark cloud around it in spectacular fashion, is in the process of contracting as it becomes a main sequence star similar to the Sun. » 3/02/15 7:20am 3/02/15 7:20am

Gaze In Amazement At This Image Depicting Thousands Of Galaxies

The Coma Cluster of Galaxies is composed of thousands of galaxies (and billions of stars), just a fraction of which can be seen in this image. It was created in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of an initiative to learn how galaxies in rich clusters form and evolve. » 3/01/15 5:00pm 3/01/15 5:00pm

These Tiny Satellites Just Left The International Space Station

A pair of nanosatellites were deployed by the NanoRacks Launcher on the end of the Japanese robotic arm of the International Space Station on Friday. The tiny CubeSats are loaded with tools to observe the planet. » 2/28/15 4:20pm 2/28/15 4:20pm

This Custom Shipping Container For Telescope Parts Is Fantastic

The James Webb Space Telescope takes carefully packing parts to new extremes: the packaging for the latest shipment weighted more than fifty times the actual part! This is the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea, the shipping container for telescopes. » 2/28/15 1:00pm 2/28/15 1:00pm

Start Your Weekend With The Hubble Space Telescope's Planetarium Clips

You may not own your own private planetarium — or if you do, can we come over to your house? But you can still experience a journey through the wonders of space, thanks to four new "fulldome" planetarium clips, released by the Hubble Space Telescope. They're available in 4K and 8K resolution. » 2/27/15 10:08pm 2/27/15 10:08pm

The Moon, Venus, & Mars In A Single Frame

On February 20, skygazers were treated to a dramatic astronomical dance between Venus, Mars, and the moon. Not since 2008 had these three objects found themselves in such close quarters. Kevin Bourque captured the trio (and some nice earthshine, to boot) in this arresting photograph. » 2/27/15 1:05pm 2/27/15 1:05pm

Uncanny Photos From Space That Look Like Faces, Animals, And More

Pareidolia is the phenomenon where you interpret random stimuli as familiar images. And even though these photos are of planets, nebulae, and other objects in space, it's easy to imagine that they're actually pictures of human faces, caterpillars, elephants, and even Starfleet badges. » 2/24/15 3:00pm 2/24/15 3:00pm

A Sunset On the Surface of Mars

Using photos taken from Mars by the Opportunity Rover, NASA has recreated the sunset the rover sees from the red planet. Hit play and be mesmerized. » 2/24/15 1:30am 2/24/15 1:30am

Black Hole Emits Ferocious Winds With the Energy of a Trillion Suns

A black hole and its galaxy are locked in a cosmic struggle, evolving in tandem and balancing each other's growth. In this artist's recreation, you can see cosmic winds howling out of supermassive black hole PDS 456. These winds are so strong that they prevent the galaxy from forming new stars. » 2/19/15 8:00pm 2/19/15 8:00pm